VH-EBH. Boeing 747-238B. c/n 20842-238.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Qantas Airways Ltd - September 1973

Allocated to Boeing Block Number RB008

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Everett (Paine Field) - April 26, 1974

Powered by Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7A engines

First flown as VH-EBH - May 13, 1974

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EBH - May 24, 1974

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney

Accepted by R. Barkla for Qantas Airways at Everett (Paine Field) - May 24, 1974

This was the 42nd Boeing airliner delivered new to Qantas Airways

It was the 8th Boeing 747 delivered to Qantas Airways

Ferried Everett (Paine Field) - San Francisco (Captain C. G. Fox) as QF053D - May 27, 1974

Operated first revenue service San Francisco - Sydney (Captain L. W. Clark) as QF4 - May 27, 1974

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight - May 29, 1974

Delivery route: Seattle - San Francisco - Honolulu - Nadi - Sydney

The aircraft was named 'City of Newcastle' at Sydney - May 29, 1974

It was renamed 'City of Parramatta' at Sydney - August 17, 1985

It was sold to Allied Aerospace Corporation and leased back to QantasAirways - May 31, 1989

Operated final revenue service Hong Kong - Melbourne - Sydney (Capt P. G. Compton) as QF28 - September 18, 1990

Departed Sydney on the ferry flight to the United States (Captain C. S. Viertel) as QF531D - September 28, 1990

Ferry route: Sydney - Santa Barbara direct

The aircraft was overhaulled and repainted into the Virgin Atlantic livery by Tracor Aviation

Ferried Santa Barbara - Los Angeles (Captain C. S. Viertel) as QF492 - January 26, 1991

Ferried Los Angeles - Manchester (Captain C. S. Viertel) as QF501D - January 29, 1991

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 04, 1991

Aircraft had flown 62,470 hours with 17,470 cycles

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-VJFK- February 04, 1991

Registered to Virgin Atlantic Airways

The aircraft was named 'Boston Belle'

Sold to Concorde Management Leasing - February 05, 1991

Operated first Virgin Atlantic revenue service - February 28, 1991

Operated final Virgin revenue service Orlando - London (Gatwick) - July 01, 2001

Ferried London (Gatwick) - London (Heathrow) for repainting - July 02, 2001

Sold to Kabo Air, Nigeria

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - July 16, 2001

Entered onto the Nigerian Aircraft Register as 5N-PDP- July 16, 2001

Departed London (Heathrow) on the ferry flight to Nigeria - July 17, 2001

Observed stored in the Kabo Air livery at Jakarta Airport - May 26, 2004

Observed at Jeddah in service with Kabo Air - January 14, 2006

Observed at Jeddah now named 'Dr M. A. Dankabo Jarman Kano' - December 29, 2007

Believed to have been leased to Bangladesh Biman - March 2008

Observed stored at Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta) - November 05, 2008

The aircraft was used for seasonal Hadj flights from Nigeria

Withdrawn from use and stored at Kano - ?

The Nigerian Government placed a ban on the use of aircraft over 25 years for safety reasons - June 2012

Believed to have been scrapped at Kano

 

VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Newcastle' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1979.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Newcastle' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1979.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Newcastle' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Newcastle' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Newcastle' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Newcastle' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Newcastle' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Newcastle' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1980.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Newcastle' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1981.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Newcastle' in the 'ochre' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1981.

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VH-EBH. Qantas Australia - 'City of Newcastle' in the 'ochre' livery with additional 'Official Carrier Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1981.

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VH-EBH. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'City of Parramatta' in the standard livery at Vancouver Airport, April 1990.

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VH-EBH. Virgin - in the original livery at Los Angeles Airport, January 1991.

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VH-EBH. Virgin - in the original livery at Los Angeles Airport, January 1991.

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VH-EBH. Virgin - in the original livery at Manchester Airport, February 1991.

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G-VJFK. Virgin - in the original livery without the nose logo at London Gatwick Airport, May 1991.

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G-VJFK. Virgin - in the original livery at London Gatwick Airport, March 1993.

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G-VJFK. Virgin - 'Boston Belle' in the original livery at Miami Airport, May 1994.

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G-VJFK. Virgin - 'Boston Belle' in the original livery at Miami Airport, May 1994.

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G-VJFK. Virgin Atlantic - 'Boston Belle' in the standard livery with additional 'No Way BA / AA' titles at Miami Airport, April 1998.

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5N-PDP. Kabo - 'Dr M. A. Dankabo Jarman Kano' in the standard livery at Johannesburg Airport, June 2006.

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5N-PDP. Kabo - 'Dr M. A. Dankabo Jarman Kano' in the standard livery at Sharjar Airport, January 2008.

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