VH-TAI. Boeing 737-376. c/n 23483-1264.

 

This was the fourth of twelve aircraft ordered new by Australian Airlines (T.A.A.) - May 27, 1985

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle - July 21, 1986

Powered by CFM International CFM56-3C1 engines

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

First flown at Seattle (Boeing Field) as VH-TAI - August 06, 1986

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAI - August 22, 1986

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Accepted by Australian Airlines at Seattle - August 22, 1986

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia as TN1396 - August 24, 1986

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - August 26, 1986

Delivery route: Seattle (Boeing Field) - Oakland - Hilo - Pago Pago - Noumea - Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'Boldness'

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as TN534 - August 30, 1986

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

Australian Airlines merged with Qantas AirwaysLtd - October 31, 1993

Ownership transferred to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney - December 08, 1993

Observed at Perth in the Qantas livery with 'The Spirit of Australia' titles - January 02, 1998

Operated final revenue service Adelaide (West Beach) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF694 - October 17, 2003

Sold to Comair, South Africa

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 31, 2003

Entered onto the South African Aircraft Register as ZS-OKG - October 31, 2003

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to South Africa in basic Qantas livery - November 01, 2003

Delivery route: Melbourne - Port Headland - Cocos Island - Male - Mahe - Johannesburg

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

Aircraft was permanently withdrawn from service at Johannesburg - November 2011

Scrapped - ?

 

VH-TAI. Australian - 'Boldness' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 1986.

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

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

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VH-TAI. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Boldness' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, July 1996.

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VH-TAI. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'Boldness' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, July 1996.

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ZS-OKG. British Airways Comair - in the standard livery at Johannesburg Airport, March 2004.

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ZS-OKG. British Airways Comair - in the standard livery at Tambo Airport, March 2012.

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