VH-TJX. Boeing 737-476. c/n 28150-2773.

 

First of three additional aircraft ordered by Qantas Airways to supplement the Australian Boeing 737s

This order was confirmed - May 03, 1995

It was designated a '476' to mainain commonality with the acquired Australian fleet of Boeing 737-400s

Allocated the Boeing Block Number PW548

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TJX - November 01, 1995

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle (Boeing Field) - February 02, 1996

Powered by CFM International CFM-56-3C1 engines

First flown as VH-TJX - February 12, 1996

Accepted by S. Skimin for Qantas Airways at Seattle (Boeing Field) - February 22, 1996

This was the 105th Boeing airliner delivered new to Qantas Airways

It was the 1st Boeing 737 to be delivered to Qantas Airways

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia in the Qantas livery as QF6902 - February 25, 1996

Arrived Melbourne (Melbourne) on completion of the delivery flight - February 27, 1996

Delivery route: Seattle - Honolulu - Apia - Nadi - Melbourne

This aircraft was named 'Trust'

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF454 - March 05, 1996

Registered to Gadwell Leasing Limited - June 23, 1996

Leased to Qantas Airways Limited, Sydney as the registered operator

Aircraft encountered a microburst windshear whilst landing at Brisbane Airport - January 18, 2001

To view the ATSB report on this incident please click 'HERE'

Aircraft was struck by an aircraft tug at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - April 01, 2001

To view the ATSB report on this incident please click 'HERE'

This aircraft was the first Boeing 737-400 to acquire the grey 'Spirit of Australia' titles - 2002

The aircraft was renamed 'Stawell' - August 16, 2003

Registered to Qantas Airways Limited, Sydney - January 02, 2008

Operated final revenue service Canberra - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF815 - February 23, 2014

Withdrawn from service at Melbourne where all titles and logos were removed

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States as QF6025 - March 05, 2015

Arrived Victorville for storage on completion of the ferry flight - March 07, 2015

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

Aircraft stored at Victorville in the basic Qantas livery without titles

Sold to Comair Limited, South Africa - 2014

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 05, 2014

Entered onto the South African Aircraft Register as ZS-OAT - December 09, 2014

Registered to Comair Limited, South Africa

Current with Comair

 

VH-TJX. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Trust' in the original livery at Brisbane Airport, January 2001.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-185.)

VH-TJX. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'Trust' in the original livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, February 2001.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-229.)

VH-TJX. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Stawell' in the revised livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 2003.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4620-184.)

VH-TJX. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Stawell' in the revised livery at Brisbane Airport, November 20, 2011.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4621-758.)

VH-TJX. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Stawell' in the revised livery at Adelaide Airport, July 07, 2013.

(T. Haynes Copyright Image 4620-787.)