VH-TAF. Boeing 737-376. c/n 23477-1225.

 

First of twelve aircraft ordered new by Australian Airlines (T.A.A.) - May 27, 1985

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton - April 02, 1986

Powered by CFM International CFM56-3C1 engines

First flown as N3281U at Renton - April 16, 1986

Accepted by Australian Airlines and handed back to Boeing to further test the new EFIS equipment

Trans-Australia Airlines (T.A.A.) was renamed Australian Airlines - August 04, 1986

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAF - October 03, 1986

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Accepted by Australian Airlines at Seattle (Boeing Field) - October 03, 1986

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - October 05, 1986

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - October 07, 1986

Delivery route: Seattle - Hilo - Pago Pago - Noumea - Melbourne

Aircraft was named 'Courageous'

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as TN472 - October 20, 1986

Australian Airlines merged with Qantas Airways - October 31, 1993

Australian Airlines was sold to Qantas Airways - September 14, 1992

Ownership transferred to Qantas Airways Ltd - December 08, 1993

Leased to Air Vanuatu - March 04, 2003 to April 10, 2003

Operated first Air Vanuatu revenue service Brisbane - Honiara as IE701 - March 04, 2003

Operated final Air Vanuatu revenue service Port Vila - Brisbane as NF20 - April 10, 2003

Operated final Qantas revenue service Adelaide - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF698 - August 08, 2003

Sold to Comair, South Africa

Test flown in the basic Qantas livery without titles at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - August 18, 2003

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 21, 2003

Entered onto the South African Aircraft Register as ZS-OKB - August 22, 2003

Registered to Comair Limited, South Africa

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to South Africa - August 22, 2003

Ferry route: Melbourne - Port Headland - Cocos Islands - Male - Mahe - Johannesburg

Operated first Comair revenue service Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth as BA3619 - September 22, 2003

Operated by Comair in standard British Airways livery as a franchise carrier

Withdrawn from service - ?

Observed at Johannesburg in British Airways livery with tail and horizontal stabiliser missing - October 04, 2014

Cancelled from the South African Aircraft Register - January 16, 2015

Preserved off-airport at Rhodesfield, Kempton Park, Johannesburg - January 25, 2015

Used as a cabin trainer by Comair in standard British Airways livery

 

N3281U. Australian - in the standard livery at Seattle Boeing Field, July 04, 1986.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-142.)

VH-TAF. Australian - 'Courageous' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1987.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4620-547.)

VH-TAF. Australian - 'Courageous' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, July 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-044.)

VH-TAF. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Courageous' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, May 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-045.)

VH-TAF. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'Courageous' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, July 2002.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-224.)