VH-TJK. Boeing 737-476. c/n 24436-1998.
This aircraft was the seventh of nine aircraft ordered new by Australian Airlines - July 28, 1988
Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle - January 18, 1991
Powered by CFM International CFM-56-3C1 engines
First flown as VH-TJK - February 05, 1991
Technical acceptance by Australian Airlines - February 20, 1991
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TJK - February 28, 1991
Registered to Australian Airlines Ltd, Melbourne
Accepted by Australian Airlines at Seattle - February 28, 1991
Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia as TN1396 - March 01, 1991
Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - March 03, 1991
Delivery route: Seattle (Boeing Field) - Honolulu - Nadi - Melbourne
The aircraft was named 'Ibis'
Operated first revenue service - March 1991
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 officially merged with Qantas Airways - October 31, 1993
Ownership was transferred to Qantas Airways Ltd - December 08, 1993
The planned transfer to Qantas Jetconnect, New Zealand did not eventuate - 2006
Registered to AAL Aviation Ltd - February 02, 2007
Leased to Qantas Airways Ltd as the registered operator
Operated final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF463 - April 09, 2013
Withdrawn from service and prepared for return to the lessor on termination of the lease
Qantas titles and logo removed at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport
Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States as QF6027 - April 22, 2013
Arrived Victorville for storage - April 24, 2013
Ferry route: Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney - Apia - Honolulu - Victorville
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - ?
Stored at Victorville and offered for immediate sale
VH-TJK. Australian - 'Ibis' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, February 1992.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-078.)
VH-TJK. Australian - 'Ibis' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, February 1993.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-292.)
VH-TJK. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Ibis' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, April 1994.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-124.)