VH-TAG. Boeing 737-376. c/n 23478-1251. Was also registered as: VH-XMB.

 

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

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton - June 16, 1986

Powered by CFM International CFM56-3C1 engines

First flown as VH-TAG at Renton - July 03, 1986

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAG - July 25, 1986

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

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

Departed Seattle on the delivery flight to Australia - August 06, 1986

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight - August 08, 1986

Ferry route: Seattle (Boeing Field) - Oakland - Hilo - Pago Pago -Noumea - Sydney

This was the first Boeing 737 delivered to Australian Airlines

Was originally to be named 'Friendship' but was renamed 'Advance'

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) - August 16, 1986

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

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

Australian Airlines merged with Qantas Airways - October 31, 1993

Ownership transferred to Qantas Airways Ltd - December 08, 1993

Operated final revenue service Adelaide - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF680 - February 09, 2003

Transferred to Qantas / Jetconnect, New Zealand

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Christcurch as QF6011 - February 10, 2003

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 11, 2003

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-JNG - February 12, 2003

Registered to Jetconnect Ltd, New Zealand

Test flown at Christchurch as QF6171 after maintenance - May 02, 2003

Operated first Jetconnect revenue service Christchurch - Auckland as QF4150 - May 04, 2003

Operated inaugrual Jetconnect Wellington - Melbourne (Tullamarine) service as QF138 - September 01, 2003

Operated inaugural Jetconnect Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Christchurch service as QF035 - September 01, 2003

Operated final Jetconnect service Auckland - Christchurch as QF4161 - December 15, 2006

Ferried Christchurch - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF6171 - December 20, 2006

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - December 20, 2006

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-XMB - December 21, 2006

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd

Leased to Australian Air Express as the registered operator

To be converted to full freighter configuration at Melbourne (Avalon) by Qantas Engineering

Ferried in all-metal livery Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Melbourne (Avalon) - May 5, 2007

Rolled out at Melbourne (Avalon) in full Australian Air Express livery following conversion - September 2007

Aircraft is now classified as a Boeing 737-376(SF)

Operated first Australian Air Express service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Brisbane as QF7331 - October 01, 2007

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Mascot, Sydney - June 04, 2013

Leased to Express Freighters Australia Pty Ltd, Mascot, Sydney as the registered operator

Ferried Perth - Singapore (Seletar) for maintenance and repaint into new Qantas livery - January 24, 2014

Test flown at Singapore as QF7301 in standard Qantas Freight livery - April 06, 2014

Ferried Singapore (Seletar) - Perth - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF7302 - April 07, 2014

Returned to service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Brisbane as QF7342 - April 08, 2014

Ferried Perth - Singapore (Seletar) for maintenance and repainting as QF7301 - May 20, 2016

Ferried Singapore (Seletar) - Perth in the revised livery - August 08, 2016

Returned to service - ?

Current with Qantas Freight

 

VH-TAG. Australian - 'Advance' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, July 1987.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4620-487.)

VH-TAG. Australian - 'Advance' in the standard livery with additional 'Sydney 2000 Olympic Games' logo at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-264.)

VH-TAG. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Advance' in the standard livery with additional '75 Years' logo at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1995.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-214.)

VH-TAG. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'Advance' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, March 2002.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4620-225.)

VH-TAG. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'Advance' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4621-617.)

ZK-JNG. Qantas - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, April 2006.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-400.)

VH-XMB. Australian Air Express - in the standard livery at Hobart Airport, January 2008.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-577.)

VH-XMB. Qantas Freight - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 09, 2014.

(G. Canciani Copyright Image 4621-017.)

VH-XMB. Qantas Freight - in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, July 22, 2014.

(T. Haynes Copyright Image 4620-875.)

VH-XMB. Qantas Freight - in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, July 22, 2014.

(T. Haynes Copyright Image 4620-876.)

VH-XMB. Qantas Freight - in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, July 22, 2014.

(T. Haynes Copyright Image 4620-877.)

VH-XMB. Qantas Freight - in the standard livery with additional 'Australia Post Startrack' titles at Perth Airport, August 08, 2016.

(J. A. Fox Copyright Image 4621-604.)