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Withdrawn from use having flown 61,633 hours with 43,176 cycles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