VH-TAZ. Boeing 737-376. c/n 23491-1391.

 

This aircraft was the last 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 - April 28, 1987

Powered by CFM International CFM56-3B2 engines

First flown at Seattle as VH-TAZ - May 14, 1987

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAZ - June 22, 1987

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Accepted by Australian Airlines at Seattle (Boeing Field) - June 22, 1987

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia as TN1396 - June 24, 1987

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - June 26, 1987

Delivery route: Seattle (Boeing Field) - Honolulu - Majuro - Townsville - Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'Victory'

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Brisbane as TN480 - June 27, 1987

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

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

Australian Airlines merged with Qantas Airways - October 31, 1993

Ownership transferred to Qantas Airways Ltd - December 08, 1993

Operated last service in Australian Airlines livery Launceston - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF602 - April 29, 1994

Returned to service in the standard Qantas livery Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Brisbane as QF608 - May 28, 1994

Operated final revenue service Darwin - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF817 - January 24, 2004

Transferred to Qantas Jetconnect, New Zealand

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Christchurch on delivery to Jetconnect as QF6011 - February 01, 2004

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 02, 2004

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-JNB - February 13, 2004

Registered to Jetconnect (N.Z.) Ltd

Test flown at Christchurch after maintenance as QF4102 - May 11, 2004

Operated first Jetconnect revenue service Christchurch - Auckland as QF4102 - May 12, 2004

The planned conversion to freighter configuration by Qantas did not eventuate - December 2005

Ferried Christchurch - Brisbane as QF6012 - December 27, 2006

Operated Norfolk Jet Express services Brisbane - Norfolk Island - Sydney - Norfolk Island - Brisbane

as QF243/244/245/246 - December 28, 2006

Operated final Jetconnect revenue service Queenstown - Christchurch as QF2772 - June 08, 2009

Withdrawn from use having flown 61,633 hours with 43,176 cycles

Departed Christchurch on the ferry flight to United States for storage as QF6020 - June 17, 2009

Arrived Marana on completion of the ferry flight in the basic Qantas livery - June 18, 2009

Ferry route: Christchurch - Apia - Honolulu - Ontario (California) - Marana

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - June 30, 2009

Permanently withdrawn from use at Marana and prepared for scrapping - 2010

Observed in a derelict condition on trestles minus whole cockpit and with other major parts missing - April 02, 2010

Finally scrapped at Marana - 2010

 

VH-TAZ. Australian - 'Victory' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-268.)

VH-TAZ. Australian - 'Victory' in the standard livery with additional 'Sydney Olympic Games' logo at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-267.)

ZK-JNB. Qantas - in the standard livery at Christchurch Airport, September 2004.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-575.)

ZK-JNB. Qantas - in the standard livery at Christchurch Airport, January 2008.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-453.)