VH-OZX. Boeing 747SP-27. c/n 22302-473.


 

Ordered new by Braniff International - July 24, 1974

Braniff experienced dire financial stress when passenger numbers failed to increase following deregulation in U.S.

Boeing proceeded to built the aircraft knowing that Braniff's fleet requirements had changed

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle (Everett) - July 14, 1980

Powered by Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7J engines

Was the thirty-fifth Boeing 747SP to be built

First flown as N1608B - December 02, 1980

Following test and certification flights aircraft was placed in storage at Everett

The Braniff order was officially cancelled - May 13, 1982

Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) had expressed an interest in acquiring another 747SP for their fleet

Agreed to take over the cancelled Braniff order - December 23, 1982

Overhauled at Boeing plant at Everett prior to delivery

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N1301E - June 1983

Accepted by C.A.A.C. at Paine Field - June 15, 1983

Aircraft remained on the United States Aircraft Register for the next six years

Transferred to Air China when this airline took over the long haul routes of CAAC - July 01, 1988

New airline titles and tail logo applied to the aircraft shortly thereafter

Entered onto the Chinese Aircraft Register as B-2454 - January 01, 1989

Retired from service - 1999

Observed at Los Angeles Airport without titles - January 26, 2000

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N142SW - January 2000

Observed at Narita Airport, Tokyo as N142SW - March 18, 2000

Ferried Narita - Brisbane for storage - March 19, 2000

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-OZX - March 26, 2000

Registered to - ?

Advertised for immediate sale by Global Air Leasing

Ferried Brisbane - Chongqing (China) for overhaul and repaint - April 07, 2000

Observed at Jakarta Airport with Global Air Leasing titles - March 28, 2001

Observed at Chongqing without titles - July 01, 2001

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 20, 2001

Entered onto the Comoro Islands Aircraft Register as D6-OZX - July 20, 2001

Wet leased to Comores Airlines

Observed at Marseille with Comores Airlines Continental Wings titles - August 01, 2001

Observed stored at Jakarta (Halim) - April 01, 2002

The intended sale to Palace Air did not eventuate - January 18, 2004

Noted as being offered for immediate sale having flown 52,097 hours and 12,906 cycles - June 01, 2004

Appeared on the Boeing website as being for immediate sale or wet lease - September 15, 2005

Observed at Jakarta on a remote harstand adjacent to the Garuda Maintenance facility - February 01, 2006

Aircraft was surrounded by withdrawn Garuda Douglas DC-10s and was in poor condition

Supreme Court Order issued in state of Queensland for repossession of aircraft - June 22, 2006

Owner of Spring Hill Properties Pty Ltd sought and was granted repossession order

Mr K. Walls, managing director of Aircraft Portfolio Management, Cayman Islands claimed to have sold the

aircraft to Orient Thai Airlines, as he was the legal owner of said aircraft - April 03, 2007

Orient Thai paid a cash deposit of $US250,000 to Portfolio Management

Aircraft could not be delivered as ownership had already been granted to Spring Hill Properties

Cash deposit was not returned to Orient Thai Airlines

Sale agreement between Spring Hill Properties and Orient Thai finalised - February 29, 2008

Aircraft was to be scrapped on site for useful parts

Worker killed when airframe caught fire during dismantling - ?

Total scrapping complete - ?

 


 

N1301E. C.A.A.C. - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, January 1986.
N1301E. C.A.A.C. - in the original livery at Zurich Airport, January 1987.
B-2454. C.A.A.C. - in the original livery at Narita Airport, July 1989.
B-2454. Air China - in the standard livery at Stockholm Airport, October 1991.
B-2454. Air China - in the standard livery at Stockholm Airport, October 1991.

N142SW. Global Air Leasing - in the basic Air China livery at Brisbane Airport, March 2000.

VH-OZX. Global Air Leasing - in the basic Air China livery at Brisbane Airport, April 2000.

VH-OZX. Global Air Leasing - in the basic Air China livery at Brisbane Airport, April 2000.
D2-OZX. Continental Wings - in the standard livery at Jakarta Airport, July 2002.