VH-EWJ. BAe 146-300. c/n E3173.

 

This aircraft was built at the British Aerospace Hatfield plant for East-West Airlines order

First flown at Hatfield as 'G-5-173' - August 13, 1990

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EWJ - August 24, 1990

Registered to East-West Airlines (Operations) Pty Ltd

The aircraft was configured to seat 94 economy class passengers

Departed Hatfield on the delivery flight to Australia - August 25, 1990

Arrived Tamworth on completion of the delivery flight - August 29, 1990

Delivery route: Hatfield - Italy - Egypt - Yemen - Oman - India - Thailand - Singapore - Indonesia - Darwin - Tamworth

Operated first revenue service Brisbane - Hamilton Island - September 05, 1990

Appeared with 'Reef Adventure' titles on the rear fuselage and

'Hamilton Island' titles on the forward fuselage - February 28, 1992

Transferred to Ansett Australia after Ansett purchased East-West Airlines - May 27, 1993

Registered to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd, Melbourne - March 17, 1994

Withdrawn from service at Brisbane - December 14, 1994

Overhauled and repainted in the Ansett New Zealand livery at Brisbane

Ferried Brisbane - Auckland for service with Ansett New Zealand - January 14, 1995

Leased to Ansett New Zealand - January 31, 1995

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 16, 1995

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-NZM - February 17, 1995

Registered to Tasman Pacific Airlines of NZ Ltd t/a Ansett New Zealand

The aircraft was named 'Queenstown'

This aircraft was the first aircraft to be repainted into the Qantas New Zealand livery - August 06, 2000

Ansett New Zealand ceased operations - September 03, 2000

Tasman Pacific Airlines of NZ began operating as Qantas New Zealand - September 04, 2000

The aircraft had flown 23,378 hours with 23,380 cycles as of this date

Qantas New Zealand ceased operations - April 21, 2001

Ferried Auckland - Christchurch for storage - May 15, 2001

Ferried Christchurch - Blenheim where Safe Air carried out 'C-Check' - May 24, 2001

Registered to Mount Cook Airline Ltd - May 30, 2001

Repainted into Air New Zealand / Mount Cook livery whilst at Blenheim

Ferried Blenheim - Christchurch - June 11, 2001

Operated first Air New Zealand revenue service Christchurch - Rotorua as NZ5870 - June 25, 2001

Withdrawn from service - February 10, 2002

Ferried Christchurch - Hobart - Melbourne (Essendon) - February 15, 2002

Stored at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport

Registered to Ansett Australia (Subject to Deed of Company Arrangement) - June 26, 2002

Received minor damage whilst parked at Essendon during a wild wind storm - September 02, 2002

Ferried Melbourne (Essendon) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) - May 12, 2003

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - October 16, 2007

Parted out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - October 2007

 

VH-EWJ. EastWest - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 1990.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0414-151.)

VH-EWJ. EastWest - in the standard livery with additional 'Hamilton Islands Reef Adventure' titles at Brisbane Airport, April 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0414-052.)

VH-EWJ. EastWest - in the standard livery with additional 'Hamilton Islands Reef Adventure' titles at Brisbane Airport, June 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0414-053.)

VH-EWJ. EastWest - in the standard livery with additional 'Hamilton Islands Reef Adventure' titles at Brisbane Airport, October 1992.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0414-130.)

VH-EWJ. EastWest - in the standard livery with additional 'Hamilton Islands Reef Adventure' titles at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1993.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0414-150.)

VH-EWJ. EastWest - in the standard livery with additional 'Hamilton Islands Reef Adventure' titles at Brisbane Airport, April 1993.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0414-051.)

VH-EWJ. Ansett New Zealand - 'Queenstown' in the 'Starmark' livery at Wellington Airport, February 1995.

(M. Richardson Copyright Image 0414-002.)

ZK-NZM. Ansett New Zealand - 'Queenstown' in the 'Starmark' livery at Wellington Airport, January 1997.

(M. Richardson Copyright Image 0414-184.)

ZK-NZM. Qantas New Zealand - in the standard livery at Wellington Airport, August 2000.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0414-114.)

ZK-NZM. Qantas New Zealand - in the standard livery at Auckland Airport, September 2000.

(J. Mounce Copyright Image 0414-115.)

ZK-NZM. Qantas New Zealand - in the standard livery at Wellington Airport, January 2001.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0414-185.)