VH-TJB. Boeing 737-376. c/n 24296-1653.


 

Second of four aircraft ordered new by Australian Airlines (T.A.A.) - 1986

Trans-Australia Airlines (T.A.A.) was renamed Australian Airlines - August 04, 1986

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton - November 18, 1988

Powered by CFM International CFM56-3C1 engines

First flown at Renton as VH-TJB - December 09, 1988

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TJB - December 21, 1988

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Accepted by Australian Airlines at Seattle - December 21, 1988

Departed Seattle as TN1397 on the delivery flight to Australia - December 23, 1988

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) at the conclusion of the delivery flight - December 25, 1988

Delivery route: Seattle (Boeing Field) - Kailua - Kona - Nadi - Melbourne

Aircraft was named 'Fortitude'

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as TN492 - December 31, 1988

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

Australian Airlines merged with Qantas Airways - October 31, 1993

Ownership transferred to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney - December 08, 1993

Operated last service in Australia Airlines livery Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF637 - May 27, 1994

Repainting in the standard Solomon Airlines livery at Melbourne

Rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the standard Solomon Airlines livery - June 10, 1994

Aircraft was renamed 'Guadalcanal'

Operated by Qantas / Solomon Airlines service on a shared basis

Operated domestic Qantas flights on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Operated Solomon Airlines flights Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday

Operated first Qantas service under this arrangement Cairns - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF644 - June 11, 1994

Operated first Solomon Airlines service Brisbane - Honiara as IE701/QF271 - June 18, 1994

Operated some flights for Air Pacific - March 1996

Operated Norfolk Jet Express service Brisbane - Norfolk Island - Brisbane - June 07, 1998

Operated services for Air Vanuatu - November 09 - 23, 2000

Returned to Qantas service when lease to Solomons was terminated - March 01, 2001

Operated final flight in Solomon livery Canberra - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF721 - June 14, 2001

Rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the standard Qantas livery - June 22, 2001

Aircraft was renamed 'Fortitude'

Operated final Qantas revenue service Mt Isa - Brisbane as QF1079 - May 28, 2004

Ferried Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF6125 - May 28, 2004

Transferred to Qantas Jetconnect, New Zealand

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 04, 2004

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-JNC - June 04, 2004

Registered to Jetconnect (N.Z.) Ltd

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Christchurch as QF6175 on delivery to Jetconnect - July 29, 2004

Operated first Jetconnect revenue service Christchurch - Auckland as QF4102 - July 30, 2004

Jetconnect ceased New Zealand domestic services when these were taken over by Jetstar - June 09, 2009

Operated final domestic New Zealand service Wellington - Auckland as QF2728 - June 09, 2009

Jetconnect commenced trans Tasman services - June 09, 2009

Operated final revenue service Brisbane - Auckland as QF125 - November 09, 2009

Withdrawn from service at Auckland Airport and prepared for sale

Ferried Auckland - Apia - Honolulu as QF6024 - November 21, 2009

Ferried Honolulu - Tucson as QF6026 - November 22, 2009

Sold to AAG (Aurora Aviation) XVIII LC, Lake Forrest, Illinois - December 08, 2009

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - December 09, 2009

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N294AG - December 14, 2009

Registered to AAG XVIII LC, Lake Forrest, Illinois

Aircraft stored at Tucson in the basic Qantas livery as N294AG - December 2009

Observed stored at Hamilton Aviation, Tucson’s ramp in the basic Qantas livery as ZK-JNC

Sold to Skybus LLC, Indianapolis - June 07, 2010

Registered to Skybus LLC - June 24, 2010

Departed Tucson, AZ on the ferry flight to the United Kingdom - December 18, 2010

Arrived at Bournemouth at the conclusion of the ferry flight - December 20, 2010

Ferry route: Tucson - Indianapolis - Goose Bay - Keflavik - Bournemouth

Undergoing conversion to VIP configuation by European Aviation

Conversion to VIP configuration ceased as airframe had been damaged beyond repair during the process

Stored at Bournemouth in the basic Qantas livery without engines as N294AG - January 01, 2011

Observed stored at Bournemouth in the basic Qantas livery - July 03, 2012

Observed stored at Bournemouth in the basic Qantas livery - August 23, 2013

Observed stored at Bournemouth in the basic Qantas livery - January 10, 2015

Observed cut in half at Bournemouth - February 28, 2015

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - February 28, 2015

Scrapped at Bournemouth - 2015

 


 

 

VH-TJB. Australian - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1990.

 

VH-TJB. Solomons - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, August 1994.

VH-TJB. Solomons - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, November 1994.
VH-TJB. Solomons - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1994.
 

VH-TJB. Qantas The Spirit of Australia - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, July 2002.

 
ZK-JNC. Qantas - in the standard livery at Wellington Airport, July 2005.
ZK-JNC. Qantas - in the standard livery at Wellington Airport, October 2007.
ZK-JNC. Qantas - in the standard livery at Christchurch Airport, November 2007.