VH-TAU. Boeing 737-376. c/n 23486-1286. Was also registered as: VH-XML.

 

This was the seventh 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 Renton - September 05, 1986

Powered by CFM International CFM56-3C1 engines

First flown at Renton as VH-TAU - September 23, 1986

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAU - December 01, 1986

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Accepted by Australian Airlines at Seattle (Boeing Field) - December 01, 1986

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - December 03, 1986

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - December 05, 1986

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

Aircraft named 'Enterprise'

Operated first revenue service - December 1986

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

Leased to Air Caledonie International - July 15, 1990 to July 24, 1990

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

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

Ownership transferred to Qantas Airways Ltd - December 08, 1993

This aircraft had the distinction of being the first 737 to be withdrawn from Qantas service

Operated final revenue service Coolangatta - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF799 - October 10, 2002

Ferried Melbourne - Christchurch as QF6015 for service with Qantas / Jetconnect - October 25, 2002

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 26, 2002

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-JNF - October 26, 2002

Operated first Jetconnect revenue service Christchurch - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF4012 - October 29, 2002

Operated inaugural Jetconnect Wellington - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) service as QF118 - September 01, 2003

Operated inaugural Jetconnect Wellington - Brisbane service as QF158 - September 02, 2003

Operated final Jetconnect revenue service Auckland - Adelaide - Auckland as QF54/53 - August 28, 2006

Ferried Auckland - Christchurch as QF6171 - August 28, 2006

Ferried Christchurch - Melbourne (Avalon) as QF6172 for freighter conversion by Qantas - August 31, 2006

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - September 01, 2006

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-XML - Septembe 04, 2006

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney

Rolled out at Melbourne (Avalon) in the standard Australian Air Express livery - May 2007

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

Leased to Express Freighters Australia on behalf of Australian Air Express (both Qantas subsidiaries)

Operated first Australian Air Express revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney as QF7335 - June 04, 2007

Operated final service in Australia Air Express livery Perth - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF7393 - April 24, 2013

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Christchurch as QF7423 for overhaul by ANZES - April 24, 2013

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

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

Rolled out at Christchurch in the standard Qantas Freight livery - August 15, 2013

Test flown Christchurch - Christchurch as QF7444 - August 16, 2013

Ferried Christchurch - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF7424 - August 17, 2013

Returned to service in the new livery Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF7335 - August 18, 2013

Current with Qantas Freight / Express Freighters Australia

 

VH-TAU. Australian - 'Enterprise' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, March 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-055.)

VH-TAU. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'Enterprise' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, June 1998.

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

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VH-XML. Australian air Express - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 2007.

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VH-XML. Australian air Express - in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, October 04, 2007.

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VH-XML. Australian air Express - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 2008.

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VH-XML. Australian air Express - in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, October 02, 2009.

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VH-XML. Australian air Express - in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, October 13, 2010.

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VH-XML. Qantas Freight - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 21, 2013.

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VH-XML. Qantas Freight - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 21, 2013.

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VH-XML. Qantas Freight - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 21, 2013.

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VH-XML. Qantas Freight - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, August 21, 2013.

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VH-XML. Qantas Freight - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 25, 2013.

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VH-XML. Startrack Qantas Freight - in the revised livery at Brisbane Airport, September 2016.

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VH-XML. Startrack Qantas Freight - in the revised livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, June 20, 2017.

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