VH-TJF. Boeing 737-476. c/n 24431-1863.
Was also registered as: N431AG; HK-5139.
Second on nine aircraft ordered new by Australian Airlines - July 28, 1988
Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton - April 20, 1990
Powered by CFM International CFM-56-3C1 engines
First flown as VH-TJF - May 05, 1990
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TJF - June 04, 1990
Registered to Australian Airlines Ltd, Melbourne
Accepted by Australian Airlines at Seattle (Boeing Field) - June 04, 1990
Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - June 08, 1990
Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - June 10, 1990
Delivery route: Seattle - Fairchild International - Port Angeles - Honolulu - Nadi - Melbourne
The aircraft was named 'Brolga'
Operated its first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as TN572 - June 14, 1990
Australian Airlines was sold to Qantas Airways Ltd - September 14, 1992
Australian Airlines initially continued to operate as a separate identity with some flights flown
between the two carriers jointly
Australian Airlines was officially merged with Qantas Airways Ltd - October 31, 1993
Ownership was transferred to Qantas Airways Ltd - December 08, 1993
Registered to DenPen Pty Ltd - August 15, 2008
Leased to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney as the registered operator
Operated 'final' revenue service Canberra - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF477 - October 17, 2011
Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Melbourne (Avalon) as QF6111 for storage - October 17, 2011
Ferried Melbourne (Avalon) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF6111 - October 24, 2011
Returned to service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Adelaide (West Beach) as QF487 - October 25, 2011
Operated final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF487 - November 12, 2011
Qantas titles and logo removed at Melbourne
Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) in the basic Qantas livery as QF6019 - November 19, 2011
Departed Sydney on the ferry flight to the United States for storage as QF6027 - November 20, 2011
Arrived Victorville on completion of the ferry flight - November 20, 2011
Ferry route: Melbourne - Sydney - Apia - Honolulu - Victorville
Stored at Victorville in the basic Qantas livery
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 23, 2013
Sold to AerGo Capital Leasing - September 23, 2013
Sold to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest - September 26, 2013
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N431AG - October 27, 2013
Registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest
Ferried Victorville - Tampa for storage pending freighter conversion - October 28, 2013
It was observed stored at Tampa in the basic Qantas livery - November 12, 2013
Ferried Tampa - Lakeland (Linder Regional) for storage - May 02, 2014
Sold to Innovation Aviation - December 24, 2014
Ferried Lakeland (Linder Regional) - Tampa - January 12, 2015
Registered to Aerotrust Services Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware - January 16, 2015
Converted to freighter configeration by ACG Acquisitions at Tampa, Florida
The aircraft is now classified as a Boeing 737-476SF
Ferried Tampa - Lakeland (Linder Regional) on completion of freighter conversion - May 02, 2015
Ferried Lakeland (Linder Regional) - Bogota (Colombia) on delivery to AerCaribe - June 14, 2015
Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - June 17, 2015
Entered onto the Colombian Aircraft Register as HK-5139 - July 10, 2015
Leased to AerCaribe S.A., Bogota, Colombia as the registered operator
It was observed at Bogota in the standard AerCaribe Cargo livery - January 21, 2016
Aircraft was named 'Sebas'
This aircraft was damaged beyond repair whilst landing at Bogota - November 09, 2016
The aircraft suffered structural damage to both main landing gear struts
This caused the wheels to rotate out of the intended movement direction
The runway surface (13R) was badly damaged when the right hand tyres burst
The aircraft was stored at Bogota
Current status - ?
VH-TJF. Australian - 'Brolga' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1990.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-610.)
VH-TJF. Australian - 'Brolga' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, March 1990.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-069.)
VH-TJF. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Brolga' in the standard livery with additional '75 Years' logo at Brisbane Airport, August 1995.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-071.)
VH-TJF. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Brolga' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, August 1996.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-070.)
VH-TJF. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Brolga' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, December 2008.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-444.)