VH-TJM. Boeing 737-476. c/n 24438-2171.

 

This was the last of nine additional aircraft ordered by Australian Airlines - July 28, 1988

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle - October 28, 1991

Powered by CFM International CFM-56-3C1 engines

First flown as VH-TJM - November 12, 1991

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TJM - November 26, 1991

Registered to Australian Airlines Ltd, Melbourne

Accepted by Australian Airlines at Seattle (Boeing Field) - November 26, 1991

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - November 28, 1991

Arrived Melbourne (Tullmarine) on completion of the delivery flight - November 30, 1991

Delivery route: Seattle (Boeing Field) - Honolulu - Majuro - Port Vila - Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'Kestrel'

Operated first revenue service - December 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 jointly

between the two carriers

Leased to Air Vanuatu for one week - October 31, 1992

Australian Airlines was 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 - November 2006

Registered to AAL Aviation Ltd - February 02, 2007

Leased to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney as the registered operator

Operated final revenue service Adelaide - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF682 - May 15, 2011

Qantas titles and logo removed at Melbourne

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to Indonesia - June 20, 2011

Ferry route: Melbourne - Darwin - Jakarta (Sukarno-Hatta)

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 05, 2011

Sold to Sayegh Aviation Group - July 11, 2011

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N248SY - July 12, 2011

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

Departed Jakarta on the ferry flight to Budapest - August 10, 2011

Ferry route: Jakarta - Dubai - Larnaca - Budapest

Observed at Budapest in the basic Qantas livery - August 29, 2011

Reportedly to be operated by Centauri RP Avia

Observed stored at Budapest as 'N248SY' in the basic Qantas livery - December 2011

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - April 22, 2012

Observed stored at Budapest as 'N248SY' with Kyrgzstan Airlines titles and logo - June 01, 2012

Did not enter service with Kyrgzstan Airlines and remained stored at Budapest

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N248SY - December 11, 2012

Registered to Bank of Utah, Salt Lake City

Ferried Budapest - Bournemouth for repainting - March 11, 2013

Ferried Bournemouth - Budapest in all-white livery for storage - March 20, 2013

Stored at Budapest in all-white livery as N248SY

 

VH-TJM. Australian - 'Kestrel' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1991.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-081.)

VH-TJM. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Kestrel' in the original livery at Brisbane Airport, June 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-082.)

VH-TJM. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Kestrel' in the original livery at Brisbane Airport, August 1994.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-083.)

VH-TJM. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Kestrel' in the revised livery at Brisbane Airport, October 22, 2005.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-629.)

VH-TJM. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Kestrel' in the revised livery at Brisbane Airport, September 2007.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-415.)