VH-RME. Boeing 767-277. c/n 22693-28.


 

Built for Ansett Airlines with three-man cockpit

Construction completed at Seattle - May 1983

First flown as N8292V - May 20, 1983

Powered by General Electric CF6-80A engines

Configured to seat 48 First Class and 153 Economy Class passengers

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-RME - June 13, 1983

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd

Accepted by Ansett at Seattle - June 13, 1983

Departed Seattle on delivery flight to Australia - June 14, 1983

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) at conclusion of delivery flight - June 16, 1983

Delivery route: Seattle - Honolulu - Nadi - Melbourne

Ansett flight crew: Captain A. James; F/E J. Crago. Boeing flight crew: Captain S. Davis; F/E M. Eggleston

Operated first revenue service Melbourne - Sydney as AN8 (Captain B. Porter) - June 28, 1983

Operated two 2-day charter flights for Polynesian Airlines for the Pacific Games - July 30 / 31, 1985

Route: Sydney - Nadi - Apia return (Captain B. Porter; F/O M. Ellis; F/E J. Jansen)

Had distinction of being the last aircraft to depart from old Brisbane Airport - March 20, 1988

Inaugurated Ansett's first full international service as AN219/220 (Captain J. Duff) - September 11, 1993

Route: Melbourne - Denpasar - Melbourne

Conversion from 3-man cockpit to standard 2-person cockpit completed - March 06, 1998

Configured to seat 12 First Class, 18 Business Class and 181 Economy Class passengers

Grounded by CASA at Melbourne Airport for non-compliance with airworthy directives - April 12, 2001

Returned to service on Melbourne - Launceston route - May 09, 2001

Intended sale and lease back from GECAS did not eventuate - May 2001

Operated final service Sydney - Melbourne as AN47 (Captain L Johnston; F/O P. Collison) - September 10, 2001

Aircraft was undergoing heavy maintenance when Ansett ceased all operations - September 13, 2001

Stored in the Ansett hangar at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

Offered for immediate sale by Ansett Trading - October 2001

Aircraft had flown 51,757 hours and 36,073 cycles as of September 10, 2001

Removal of parts began - August 20, 2003

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 06, 2003

Broken up at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - November 10, 2003

 


 

VH-RME. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, December 1983.

VH-RME. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Sydney Airport, January 1984.
VH-RME. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, June 1984.
VH-RME. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, May 1985.
VH-RME. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1989.
VH-RME. Ansett - in the 'Southern Cross' livery at Melbourne Airport, March 1989.
VH-RME. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1990.
VH-RME. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Melbourne Airport, July 1990.

VH-RME. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-RME. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Sydney Airport, September 1990.
VH-RME. Ansett Australia - in the 'Union Jack' livery at Melbourne Airport, March 1991.
VH-RME. Ansett Australia - in the 'Starmark' livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1996.
VH-RME. Ansett Australia - being scrapped at Melbourne Airport, November 2003
VH-RME. Ansett Australia - being scrapped at Melbourne Airport, November 2003.
VH-RME. Ansett Australia - being scrapped at Melbourne Airport, November 2003.
VH-RME. Ansett Australia - being scrapped at Melbourne Airport, November 2003.
VH-RME. Ansett Australia - being scrapped at Melbourne Airport, November 2003.