VH-OJK. Boeing 747-438. c/n 25067-857.

 

First of two new Boeing 747-438s ordered by Qantas Airways - September 01, 1989

Allocated the Boeing Block Number RT561

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Everett (Paine Field) - May 01, 1991

Powered by Rolls Royce RB211-524G2 engines

First flown as VH-OJK - May 21, 1991

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-OJK - June 17, 1991

Registered to Double Bay Lease Co. Ltd & Neutral Bay Lease Co. Ltd

Leased to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney as the registered operator

Ferried Everett - Vancouver - Everett (Captain D. Massy-Green) as QF7411D - June 17, 1991

Accepted by S. Collins for Qantas Airways at Everett (Paine Field) - June 17, 1991

Aircraft named 'City of Newcastle' at Everett

This was the 90th Boeing airliner delivered new to Qantas Airways

It was the 41st Boeing 747 delivered new to Qantas Airways

Operated first revenue service Seattle (Seatac) - Cairns (Captain D. Massy-Green) as QF531 - June 17, 1991

Arrived Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on completion of the delivery flight as QF531P - June 21, 1991

Delivery route: Seattle - Cairns - Sydney

Aircraft repainted at New Iberia - June 2003

Aircraft renamed 'Newcastle' - June 15, 2003

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney - September 21, 2005

Aircraft was badly damaged when an oxygen cylinder ruptured in the forward cargo hold - July 25, 2008

Aircraft was operating service Hong Kong - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF30

The incident occured whilst the aircraft was cruising at 29,000 feet and some 55 minutes into the flight

Following rapid depressurisation of the cabin, aircraft descended and diverted to Manila International Airport

Nil injuries were sustained by the 3 flight crew, 16 cabin crew and 350 passengers on board

Repaired and returned to service

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Operated final revenue service Los Angeles - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as QF12 - December 26 - 28, 2009

Withdrawn from use and prepared for the ferry flight to United States for storage

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Victorville for storage as QF6019 - January 18, 2010

Advertised for sale by Planemart.com - January 01, 2011

Aircraft had flown 83,760 hours with 10,876 cycles to date

Observed stored at Victorville in the basic Qantas livery - January 21, 2011

The reported sale to Cargolux for conversion to freighter configuration did not eventuate

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 05, 2011

Observed at Victotville as 5N-MHB for Max Air (NGL), Katsina, Nigeria

Entered onto the Nigerian Aircraft Register as 5N-MHB - October 2011

Test flown at Victorville as 5N-MHB - October 22, 2011

Departed Victorville on the ferry flight to Kano, Nigeria - October 22, 2011

Arrived at Kano, Nigeria on completion of the ferry flight - October 23, 2011

Operated by Maxair for Hadj flights

Aircraft damaged when clipped by the taxying Turkish Airlines Cargo A330-243F TC-JCI at Lagos - October 25, 2013

The left-hand winglet of the A330 struck the right-hand winglet of 5N-MHB which was parked

The A330's wiglet sliced approximately 60 cms into the 747's winglet

Repaired and returned to service

Current with Max Air for use on Hafj seasonal flights

 

VH-OJK. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'City of Newcastle' in the standard livery with additional 'Sydney 2000 Olympic Games' logo at Los Angeles Airport, March 1993.

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VH-OJK. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'City of Newcastle' in the standard livery at Frankfurt Airport, February 1994.

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VH-OJK. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'City of Newcastle' in the standard livery at Singapore Changi Airport, February 1994.

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VH-OJK. Qantas The Spirit Of Australia - 'City of Newcastle' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1994.

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VH-OJK. Qantas Spirit Of Australia - 'Newcastle' in the revised livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, March 2006.

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VH-OJK. Qantas Spirit Of Australia - 'Newcastle' in the revised livery at Manila Airport, July 28, 2008.

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VH-OJK. Qantas Spirit Of Australia - 'Newcastle' in the revised livery at Manila Airport, July 28, 2008.

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VH-OJK. Qantas Spirit Of Australia - 'Newcastle' in the revised livery at Manila Airport, July 28, 2008.

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VH-OJK. Qantas Spirit Of Australia - 'Newcastle' in the revised livery at Manila Airport, July 28, 2008.

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VH-OJK. Qantas Spirit Of Australia - 'Newcastle' in the revised livery at Manila Airport, July 28, 2008.

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VH-OJK. Qantas Spirit Of Australia - 'Newcastle' in the revised livery at Manila Airport, July 28, 2008.

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VH-OJK. Qantas Spirit Of Australia - 'Newcastle' in the revised livery at Manila Airport, July 28, 2008.

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VH-OJK. Qantas Spirit Of Australia - 'Newcastle' in the revised livery at Manila Airport, July 28, 2008.

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VH-OJK. Qantas Spirit Of Australia - 'Newcastle' in the revised livery at Manila Airport, July 28, 2008.

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VH-OJK. Qantas Spirit Of Australia - 'Newcastle' in the revised livery at Manila Airport, July 28, 2008.

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VH-OJK. Qantas Spirit Of Australia - 'Newcastle' in the revised livery at Manila Airport, July 28, 2008.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4630-924.)