VH-TAK. Boeing 737-376. c/n 23485-1277.

 

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

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

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle (Renton) - August 15, 1986

Powered by CFM International CFM56-3C1 engines

First flown at Renton as VH-TAK - October 02, 1986

Accepted by Australian Airlines at Seattle - November 03, 1986

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAK - November 03, 1986

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Departed Seattle on the delivery flight to Australia as TN1369 - November 05, 1986

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

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

The aircraft was named 'Daring'

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Brisbane as TN462 - November 11, 1986

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

Used on occasions by Air Vanuatu - April 1988 to January 1989

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

Had distinction of being the first 737 to be repainted into the Qantas livery - May 06, 1993

Flew first service in the sandard Qantas livery Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney as TN572 - May 11, 1993

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

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

Involved in a landing gear incident at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - April 04, 1999

To view the ATSB report on this incident please click 'HERE'

Operated final revenue service Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF631 - November 28, 2005

The aircraft was sold to Comair, South Africa

Test flown at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the basic Qantas livery as QF6113 - December 07, 2005

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 15, 2005

Entered onto the South African Aircraft Register as ZS-OKK - December 15, 2005

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the delivery flight to South Africa in basic Qantas livery - December 17, 2005

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

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

Operated first Comair revenue service Johannesburg - Durban as BA6203 - February 03, 2006

Current with Comair

 

VH-TAK. Australian - 'Daring' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1987.

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VH-TAK. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Daring' in the standard livery with additional 'Sydney 2000 Olympic Games' logo at Brisbane Airport, July 1993.

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VH-TAK. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Daring' in the standard livery with additional 'Sydney 2000 Olympic Games' logo at Brisbane Airport, July 1993.

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VH-TAK. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Daring' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, May 28, 1994.

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VH-TAK. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Daring' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, September 1994.

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ZS-OKK. British Airways - in the standard livery with additional 'Operated by Comair Limited' titles at Johannesburg Airport, September 2009.

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ZS-OKK. British Airways - in the standard livery with additional 'Operated by Comair Limited' titles at Johannesburg Airport, April 2012.

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