VH-TJL. Boeing 737-476. c/n 24437-2162.

 

This was the eighth of nine aircraft ordered new by Australian Airlines - July 28, 1988

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton - October 15, 1991

Powered by CFM International CFM-56-3C1 engines

First flown as VH-TJL - October 30, 1991

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TJL - November 12, 1991

Registered to Australian Airlines Ltd, Melbourne

Accepted by Australian Airlines at Seattle (Boeing Field) - November 12, 1991

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia as TN1398 - November 21, 1991

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - November 23, 1991

Delivery route: Seattle - Honolulu - Nadi - Melbourne

Aircraft was named 'Swift'

Operated first revenue service Melbourne - Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin as TN22 - November 27, 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 was officially merged with Qantas - October 31, 1993

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

Leased to Air Nauru in the standard Qantas livery - April 23, 2003

Operated first Air Nauru revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Brisbane - Nauru as ON342 - April 23, 2003

Operated final Air Nauru revenue service Nauru - Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as ON321 - July 08, 2003

Returned to Qantas service - July 09, 2003

It was planned transfer the aircraft to Qantas Jetconnect, New Zealand but this 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 Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF639 - May 06, 2013

Withdrawn from use and Qantas titles and logo removed at Melbourne

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States as QF6027 - May 13, 2013

Arrived Victorville for storage - May 15, 2013

Ferry route: Melbourne - Sydney - Apia - Honolulu - Victorville

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 04, 2014

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N939NZ - December 05, 2014

Registered to Bank of Utah Trustee, Salt Lake City, Utah

Leased to AFO Aircraft NZ (Airwork Flight Operations) as the registered operator

The aircraft remained in the United States

Ferried Victorville - Dothan (Alabama) for freighter conversion - December 12, 2014

Freighter conversion was carried out by Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI)

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - October 19, 2015

Leased to ASL Airlines, Hungary as the registered operator - October 19, 2015

Entered onto Hungarian Aircraft Register as HA-FAX - November 01, 2015

Departed Dothan on the ferry flight to Hungary - November 01, 2015

Arrived Budapest on completion of the ferry flight - November 02, 2015

Ferry route: Dothan - Bangor - Keflavik - Budapest

Aircraft was operated with ASL Airlines titles with the rear half of the aircraft in standard DHL livery

Aircraft was destroyed whilst landing at Bergamo (Orio Al Sero) Airport - August 05, 2016

Was operating Paris (Charles de Gaulle) - Bergamo as QY7332

On landing (04:07 local) the aircraft over-ran the runway smashing through perimeter fences and roadways

The aircraft came to a stop some 300 metres past the runway threshold

Aircraft considered to be write-off

To read the preliminary accident report please click 'HERE'

 

VH-TJL. Australian - 'Swift' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, June 1993.

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VH-TJL. Australian - 'Swift' in the standard livery with additional 'Sydney 2000 Olympic Games' logo at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1993.

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VH-TJL. Australian - 'Swift' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1993.

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VH-TJL. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Swift' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1994.

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VH-TJL. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Swift' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, March 1994.

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VH-TJL. Qantas The Spirit of Australia - 'Swift' in the standard livery at Coolangatta Airport, September 1999.

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VH-TJL. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Swift' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, January 2009.

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VH-TJL. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Swift' in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, May 04, 2013.

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HA-FAX. ASL Airlines DHL - in the basic DHL livery at Bergamo Airport, May 2016.

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HA-FAX. ASL Airlines DHL - in the basic DHL livery at Bergamo Airport, August 2016.

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HA-FAX. ASL Airlines DHL - in the basic DHL livery at Bergamo Airport, September 03, 2016.

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