VH-TAX. Boeing 737-376. c/n 23489-1356.
This aircraft was the tenth 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 - February 13, 1987
Powered by CFM International CFM56-3B2 engines
First flown at Renton as VH-TAX - March 03, 1987
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAX - April 06, 1987
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne
Accepted by Australian Airlines at Seattle - April 06, 1987
Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia as TN1398 - April 10, 1987
Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - April 12, 1987
Delivery route: Seattle (Boeing Field) - Hilo - Pago Pago - Nadi - Melbourne
The aircraft was named 'Success'
Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Launceston as TN539 - April 15, 1987
Ownership transferred to Australian Airlines following the company name change - July 11, 1988
Leased to Inter European Airways - April 23, 1990 to August 30, 1990
It was operated in the basic Australian livery with Inter European titles and logo
Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United Kingdom - April 26, 1990
Returned to Australian Airlines at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - August 29, 1990
Returned to service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Canberra as TN23 - October 05, 1990
Australian Airlines was sold to Qantas Airways Ltd - September 14, 1992
Australian Airlines merged with Qantas Airways Ltd - October 31, 1993
Ownership was transferred to Qantas Airways Ltd - December 08, 1993
Was last aircraft to fly in Australian livery when it flew Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF637 - August 18, 1994
Returned to service in the standard Qantas livery Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Hobart as QF403 - October 23, 1994
Operated final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF467 - May 21, 2005
Sold to Comair, South Africa
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 08, 2005
Entered onto the South African Aircraft Register as ZS-OKI - June 08, 2005
Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) of ferry flight to South Africa in the basic Qantas livery - June 09, 2005
Ferry route: Melbourne - Port Headland - Cocos Islands - Male - Mahe - Johannesburg
Operated by Comair as a British Airways franchise in standard British Airways livery
Withdrawn from service at Johannesburg - ?
Scrapped at Johannesburg - September 30, 2015
VH-TAX. Australian - 'Success' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, May 1988.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-062.)
ZS-OKI. British Airways - in the standard livery at Johannesburg Airport, October 2006.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-348.)