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.)

VH-TAX. Inter European - 'Success' in the basic Australian livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-273.)

VH-TAX. Inter European - 'Success' in the basic Australian livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-274.)

VH-TAX. Inter European - 'Success' in the basic Australian livery at an unknown airport, May 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-275.)

ZS-OKI. British Airways - in the standard livery at Johannesburg Airport, October 2006.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-348.)