VH-EEI. Boeing 747-123. c/n 20108-87.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by American Airlines - ?

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Everett - August 24, 1970

Powered by Pratt & Whitney JT9D-3A engines

First flown as 'N9669' - October 28, 1970

Entered onto United States Aircraft Register as N9669 - October 1970

Accepted by American Airlines at Everett (Paine Field) - November 27, 1970

Sold to Citicorp Industrial Credit Corp and leased to American Airlines - May 11, 1984

Returned to Citicorp Industrial Credit Corp on termination of the lease - July 1984

Leased to National Airlines - July 27, 1984

Returned to Citicorp Industrial Credit Corp on termination of the lease - September 1985

Ferried Kansas City - Phoenix, Arizona for storage - September 06, 1985

Reregistered N14939 - August 07, 1986

Registered to Citibank, Harrison, New York

Observed at Phoenix being painted as 'LX-NCV' for Cargolux - August 17, 1986

The intended lease to Cargolux, Luxembourg was not taken up

Observed at Orlando, Florida in the Highland Express livery - June 05, 1987

Leased to Highland Express as the registered operator

Arrived Prestwick, Scotland on completion of the ferry flight - June 09, 1987

The aircraft was named 'Highlander'

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-HIHO - June 19, 1987

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - June 1987

Operated first revenue service with Highland Express - July 04, 1987

Highland Express ceased operations - December 11, 1987

Repossessed by Citicorp and placed in storage at Brussels, Belgium - January 1988

The aircraft was leased to Qantas Airways Ltd as the registered operator - ?

Arrived Singapore on completion of the ferry flight (Captain C. Viertal) as QF500D - March 02, 1988

Ferry route: Brussels - Bahrain - Singapore

the aircraft entered maintenance and repaint into the Air Pacific livery at Singapore - March 02, 1988

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EEI - March 11, 1988

Registered to Citibank North America

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the ferry flight from Singapore as QF500D - April 13, 1988

The aircraft was named 'Island of Viti Levu'

Operated first revenue service with Air Pacific Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Nadi as FJ911 - April 27, 1988

Leased to Aer Lingus and sub-leased to Qantas Airways - November 15, 1989

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - November 21, 1989

Entered onto Irish Aircraft Register as EI-CAI - November 21, 1989

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) after operating the final revenue service as QF21 - March 19, 1990

Returned to Citicorp on termination of the ease - March 19, 1990

Cancelled from Irish Aircraft Register - March 23, 1990

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EEI - March 23, 1990

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Auckland (Captain C. Viertal) as QF500D - March 23, 1990

Entered heavy maintenance with Air New Zealand Engineering - March 23, 1990

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - March 23, 1990

The aircraft had flown 43,900 hours with 12,284 cycles to date

Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-VMIA - March 23, 1990

Leased to Virgin Atlantic Airways as the registered operator

Arrived London (Gatwick) aon completion of ferry flight from Auckland - May 06, 1990

The aircraft was named 'Miami Maiden'

Sold to Virgin Atlantic Airways - June 1993

The aircraft was renamed 'Spirit of Sir Freddie' at Miami - July 1993

Operated final revenue service Bridgetown - London (Gatwick) as VS30 - January 14, 2000

Ferried London (Gatwick) - Kemble, England as VS804 - January 19, 2000

Withdrawn from use and prepared for scrapping

Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - January 28, 2000

Aircraft had flown 84,293 hours with 18,397 cycles

Scrapped at Kemble - March 2000

 

N14939. Highland Express - 'Highlander' in the standard livery at Miami International Airport, June 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4630-024.)

G-HIHO. Highland Express - 'Highlander' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, July 1987.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4631-388.)

G-HIHO. Highland Express - 'Highlander' in the standard livery at London Gatwick Airport, November 1987.

(M. Axe Copyright Image 4631-028.)

G-HIHO. Highland Express - 'Highlander' in the standard livery at London Gatwick Airport, January 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4631-031.)

VH-EEI. Air Pacific - 'Island of Viti Levu' in the standard livery at Nadi Airport, April 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4631-032.)

VH-EEI. Air Pacific - 'Island of Viti Levu' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1988.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4631-033.)

VH-EEI. Air Pacific - 'Island of Viti Levu' in the standard livery with additional 'QANTAS' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 1988.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4630-311.)

EI-CAI. Air Pacific - 'Island of Viti Levu' in the standard livery with additional 'QANTAS' titles at Auckland Airport, March 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4630-882.)

G-VIMA. Virgin Atlantic - 'Spirit of Sir Freddie' in the standard livery with additional 'No Way BA/AA' titles at London Gatwick Airport, July 1996.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4631-034.)

G-VIMA. Virgin Atlantic - 'Spirit of Sir Freddie' in the standard livery with additional 'No Way BA/AA' titles at London Gatwick Airport, June 1998.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4635-437.)