On This Day - February 17, 1936.

The Ansett Airways Fokker F.XI Universal VH-UTO operated the airline's first passenger service, flying from Hamilton (Victoria) to Melbourne (Essendon). The service was operated from Monday to Friday.



On This Day - February 17, 1955.

The Trans-Australia Airlines Douglas C-47A-35-DL VH-AEZ 'Currie' operated its final freight service. It was sold to East-West Airlines the next day.



On This Day - February 17, 1980.

The ex Air Express Douglas DC-4-1009, now registered as N5581S, departed Melbourne (Essendon) on its ferry flight to the United States (San Francisco), on delivery to Basler Air Freight. For some reason the incorrect registration 'N5581T' had been painted on the aircraft before it departed.



On This Day - February 17, 2011.

The Qantas Airways Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQE 'William Pickering' arrived at Melbourne (Tullamarine) having completed its delivery flight from the United States. It was the airline's 166th Boeing airliner and its 46th Boeing 737.



On This Day - February 17, 2012.

The Virgin Australia Boeing 737-8FE VH-YIG 'Kings Beach' entered service, operating Flight DJ1384 from Brisbane to Adelaide (West Beach).



On This Day - February 17, 2019.

The Qantas Airways Boeing 747-438 VH-OJS 'Hamilton Island' operated its last revenue service as Flight QF73 from Sydney (Kingsford Smith) to San Francisco (United States). The elapsed time was 12 hours 45 minutes.