VH-EAB. Boeing 747SP-38. c/n 22672-537.


 

Ordered new by Qantas Airways - June 1980

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Everett - July 1981

First flown as N1791B - August 3, 1981

Powered by Rolls Royce RB211-524-B2 engines

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAB - August 31, 1981

Registered to Winton Leasing Ltd and leased to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney

Accepted by Qantas at Everett - August 31, 1981

Ferried Everett - Vancouver - Everett as QF521/522 lease purposes (Captains L. W. Clark, A .E. Bones)

Named 'City of Winton' at Everett - September 1, 1981

Departed Seattle as QF501D on delivery flight - September 1, 1981

Arrived Sydney at conclusion of delivery flight (Captains L. W. Clark, A. E. Bones) - September 2, 1981

Delivery route: Seattle - Honolulu - Sydney

Operated first revenue service Sydney - Wellington as QF55 - September 11, 1981

Carried 'Official Carrier Brisbane 1982' Commonwealth Games titles - September 1, 1981

Refitted with Rolls Royce RB211-524-D2 engines - 1982

Repainted into 'Spirit of Australia' livery - November 1986

Operated first service in new livery Sydney - Perth - Sydney as QF7/15 - November 3, 1986

Ferried Sydney - Perth as QF161 for special charter - November 30, 1986

Flew Vatican Papal charter for Pope John II as QF161 with official 'Papal Coat of Arms' - December 1, 1986

Route: Perth - Seychelles - Rome (Ciampino)

Flight crew: Captains J. K. Davenport, R. J. Carmichael

Ferried Rome (Ciampino) - London (Heathrow) as QF161 - December 2, 1986

Returned to service on London - Bombay - Sydney service - December 3 - 5, 1986

Listed by Qantas as being for sale but continued normal operations - March 1, 1990

Renamed 'City of Traralgon' at Sydney - January 22, 1991

Carried 'Sydney 2000' Olympic sticker to promote Sydney's bid for 2000 Olympic Games - November 1993

Leased to Australia Asia Airlines - April 18, 1994 to June 30, 1996

Operated last Australia Asia revenue service Sydney - Taipei - Sydney as QF135/136 - June 30, 1996

Listed by Qantas as being for sale but continued normal operations - January 1, 1997

Ferried Sydney - Amarillo, Texas non-stop for maintenance - June 20, 1997

New 'The Australian Airline' subtitle applied - January 1, 2000

Operated final Qantas passenger service Honolulu - Sydney as QF004/23 - November 24, 2001

Withdrawn from use at Sydney - November 24, 2001

Departed Sydney as a supplementary freighter service Sydney - Honolulu as QF7571 - November 29, 2001

Ferried Honolulu - Marana as QF6019 for storage (Captain B. Simpson) - November 29, 2001

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - December 20, 2001

Engines removed and returned to Qantas

Aircraft was broken up at Marana - April 15, 2002

Had flown 69,469 hours and 15,098 cycles

 


 

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VH-EAB. Qantas Australia - on the proiduction line at Seattle, circa 1981.
VH-EAB. Qantas Australia - on the proiduction line at Seattle, circa 1981.
VH-EAB. Qantas Australia - being christened at Seattle, August 1981.
VH-EAB. Qantas Australia - with 'Brisbane 1982' titles at Sydney Airport, September 1981.
VH-EAB. Qantas Australia - with 'Brisbane 1982' titles at Melbourne Airport, November 1981.
VH-EAB. Qantas Australia - with 'Brisbane 1982' titles at Melbourne Airport, May 1982.

VH-EAB. Qantas Australia - with 'Brisbane 1982' titles at Sydney Airport, September 1982.

VH-EAB. Qantas Australia - with 'Brisbane 1982' titles at Brisbane Airport, December 1983.

VH-EAB. Qantas Australia - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, December 1984.
 

VH-EAB. Qantas Australia - in the original livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1985.

VH-EAB. Qantas Australia - in the original livery at Melbourne Airport, May 1986.
 

VH-EAB. Qantas The Spirit of Australia - in the new livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1986.

VH-EAB. Qantas The Spirit of Australia - in the new livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1987.

VH-EAB. Qantas The Spirit of Australia - in the full livery at Los Angeles Airport, November 1987.

VH-EAB. Qantas The Spirit of Australia - in the new livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1988.

VH-EAB. Qantas The Spirit of Australia - in the new livery at Sydney Airport, June 1988.

VH-EAB. Qantas The Spirit of Australia - in the new livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1992.

VH-EAB. Qantas The Spirit of Australia - 'Sydney 2000 Olympics' at Melbourne Airport, September 1993.

VH-EAB. Qantas The Spirit of Australia - 'Sydney 2000 Olympics' at Brisbane Airport, November 1993.

VH-EAB. Australia Asia - in the modified Qantas livery at Sydney Airport, October 1994.
VH-EAB. Australia Asia - inthe modified Qantas livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1994.
VH-EAB. Australia Asia - in the modified Qantas livery at Sydney Airport, December 1994.

VH-EAB. Qantas The Australian Airline - in full livery at Melbourne Airport, January 2000.

VH-EAB. Qantas The Australian Airline - in the full livery at Brisbane Airport, October 2000.