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Withdrawn from service and prepared for return to the lessor on termination of the lease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.)

VH-TJK. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'Ibis' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, June 2000.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-290.)