VH-TAJ. Boeing 737-376. c/n 23484-1270.

 

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

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton - August 01, 1986

Powered by CFM International CFM56-3C1 engines

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

First flown at Renton as VH-TAJ - August 20, 1986

Accepted by Australian Airlines at Renton - September 05, 1986

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAJ - September 06, 1986

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Departed Seattle on the delivery flight to Australia - September 07, 1986

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - September 09, 1986

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

The aircraft was named 'Challenge'

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as TN534 - September 13, 1986

Ownership transferred to Australian Airlines following the company name change - July 11, 1988

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

Australian Airlines was merged with Qantas Airways Ltd - October 31, 1993

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

Operated final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF405 - September 06, 2003

Sold to Comair, South Africa

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 18, 2003

Entered onto the South African Aircraft Register as ZS-OKC - September 18, 2003, 2003

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to South Africa in the basic Qantas livery - September 19, 2003

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

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

Withdrawn from service at Johannesburg Airport - ?

Cancelled from the South African Aircraft Register - July 18, 2014

Current status - ?

 

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

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4620-287.)

VH-TAJ. Australian - 'Challenge' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, May 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-051.)

VH-TAJ. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Challenge' in the standard livery with additional '75 Years' logo at Brisbane Airport, August 1995.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-052.)

ZS-OKC. British Airways - in the standard livery with additional 'Operated by Comair Limited' titles at Johannesburg Airport, March 2004.

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ZS-OKC. British Airways - in the standard livery with additional 'Operated by Comair Limited' titles at Johannesburg Airport, September 2006.

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