VH-RMC. Boeing 767-219ER. c/n 23326-124.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Air New Zealand - ?

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Everett (Paine Field) - July 25, 1985

First flown as N6018N - August 14, 1985

Powered by General Electric CF6-80A engines

Accepted by Air New Zealand at Everett (Paine Field) - September 03, 1985

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-NBA - September 04, 1985

Registered to Air New Zealand Ltd, Auckland

Aircraft named 'Aotearoa V'

Departed Everett (Paine Field) on the delivery flight to New Zealand as TE76 - September 08, 1985

Arrived Wellington on completion of the delivery flight - September 10, 1985

Delivery route: Seattle - Nadi - Wellington

Operated first revenue service Wellington - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as TE149 - September 30, 1985

Operated first Boeing 767 service Wellington - Melbourne (Tullamarine) - October 02, 1985

Operated first Boeing 767 service Wellington - Brisbane - October 06, 1985

Operated first Boeing 767 service Christchurch - Melbourne (Tullamarine) - October 29, 1985

Operated first Boeing 767 service Christchurch - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - November 02, 1985

Leased to TACA of El Salvador - November 30, 1996

Returned to Air New Zealand on the termination of the lease - April 28, 1997

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - June 27, 1997

Leased to Ansett International, Melbourne

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-RMC - June 27, 1997

Registered to Ansett International Ltd, Melbourne

Ferried Auckland - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN4294 - June 28, 1997

Operated first revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Jakarta - Kuala Lumpur as AN869 - June 29, 1997

During the Ansett lease it was plagued with high levels of operational unreliability

Was nicknamed 'Romeo Mike Cactus' and 'Romeo Mike Crap' by engineering / operations staff

Operated final overseas service Sydney - Jakarta - Kuala Lumpur - Sydney as AN869/868 - May 31 - June 01, 1998

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as AN898 - June 01, 1998

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine)

Sub-leased to Swiss World Airways SA for 23 months - June 29, 1998

Departed Melboure (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to Switzerland as AN4450 - June 29, 1998

Ferry route: Melbourne - Kona - Minneapolis - Shannon

Flight crew: Captains B. Weller, J. Mee; F/O G. Neate; LAMEs A. Gadsen, M. Brown, C. Mollet, P. Smith

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 10, 1998

Entered onto the Swiss Aircraft Register as HB-IIX - July 1998

Rolled out at Shannon in the standard Swiss World livery as HB-IIX - July 11, 1998

Ferried Shannon - Geneva on delivery to Swiss World as SWO001P - July 17, 1998

Operated first Swiss World revenue service Geneva - New York (Newark) - September 10, 1998

Utilised on Geneva - New York (Newark) route

Operated final revenue service New York - Geneva - December 02, 1998

Swiss World ceased all operations and entered receivership - December 02, 1998

Departed Geneva using callsign 'New Zealand IIX' on the ferry flight to Australia - December 08, 1998

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the ferry flight - December 11, 1998

Ferry route: Geneva - Winnipeg - Rarotonga - Auckland - Melbourne

The lease was terminated on the aircraft's arrival at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - December 11, 1998

Aircraft placed in open storage at Melbourne

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-RMC - January 29, 1999

Registered to Ansett International, Tullamarine, Victoria

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Richmond) for repainting in Air New Zealand livery - March 08, 1999

Rolled out at Richmond in the standard Air New Zealand livery and ferried to Melbourne - March 17, 1999

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 09, 1999

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-NBA - April 09, 1999

Registered to Air New Zealand Ltd, Auckland

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Auckland on return to Air New Zealand as NZ6126 - April 09, 1999

Returned to service with Air New Zealand flying Auckland - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as NZ121 - April 12, 1999

Operated final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Auckland as NZ106 - March 06, 2005

This flight marked the last Boeing 767-200 service operated by Air New Zealand

Observed at Auckland in the basic Air New Zealand livery as 'N326MR' - March 14, 2005

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N326MR - March 14, 2005

Registered to General Electric Corporation Aviation Services (GECAS), Stamford, Connecticut

It was intended to have the aircraft converted to standard freighter configuration in Tel Aviv

Aircraft remained stored at Auckland

Test flown Auckland - Auckland as NZ6314 - June 12, 2005

Departed Auckland on the ferry flight to Brazil (Porto Alegre) as NZ6390 - June 13, 2005

Ferry route: Auckland - Papeete - Port Alegre

Seen at Port Alegre in all-white livery with blue tail as N326MR - June 15, 2005

Converted to standard freighter configuration by VEM, Salgado Filo Airport, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Rolled out at Port Alegre in the standard Star Air, Denmark livery as 'OY-SRN' - October 29, 2005

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - November 23, 2005

Entered onto the Danish Aircraft Register as OY-SRN - November 24, 2005

Registered to Celestial Aviation Trading 53 Limited, Shannon, Ireland

Leased to Star Air, Denmark as the registered operator

Current with Maersk Star Air

 

ZK-NBA. Air New Zealand - 'Aotearoa' in the original livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1985.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4650-077.)

ZK-NBA. Air New Zealand - 'Aotearoa' in the original livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1985.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4650-078.)

ZK-NBA. Air New Zealand - 'Aotearoa' in the original livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1985.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4650-079.)

ZK-NBA. Air New Zealand - 'Aotearoa' in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, July 1987.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4650-669.)

ZK-NBA. Air New Zealand - 'Aotearoa' in the original livery with additional 'Dallas' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1988.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4650-620.)

ZK-NBA. TACA - 'Aotearoa' in the Air New Zealand livery at Auckland Airport, November 1996.

(J. Mounce Copyright Image 4650-080.)

VH-RMC. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Brisbane Airport, August 1997.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4650-163.)

VH-RMC. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1997.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4650-081.)

VH-RMC. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1997.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4650-122.)

HB-IIX. Swiss World - in the standard livery at Shannon Airport, July 1998.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4650-095.)

HB-IIX. Swiss World - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, August 1998.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4650-830.)

HB-IIX. Swiss World - in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, December 1998.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4650-096.)

VH-RMC. Ansett Australia - in the all-white livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 1999.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4650-082.)

VH-RMC. Air New Zealand - in the 'Pacific Wave' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 1999.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 4650-685.)

VH-RMC. Air New Zealand - in the 'Pacific Wave' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 1999.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 4650-083.)

ZK-NBA. Air New Zealand - in the 'Pacific Wave' livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, April 1999.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4650-084.)

ZK-NBA. Air New Zealand - in the 'Pacific Wave' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 2001.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 4650-206.)

OY-SRN. Maersk Star Air - in the standard livery at Munich Airport, June 2006.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4650-264.)

OY-SRN. Maersk Star Air - in the standard livery at Munich Airport, August 2006.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4655-115.)