VH-TJE. Boeing 737-476. c/n 24430-1820.
Was also registered as: N230AG; HK-5197.
This aircraft was the first on nine aircraft ordered new by Australian Airlines - July 28, 1988
Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle - January 21, 1990
Powered by CFM International CFM-56-3C1 engines
First flown as VH-TJE - February 07, 1990
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TJE - February 26, 1990
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne
Accepted by Australian Airlines at Seattle (Boeing Field) - February 26, 1990
Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - March 15, 1990
Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - March 17, 1990
Delivery route: Seattle - Port Angeles - Honolulu - Nadi - Melbourne
The aircraft was named 'Kookaburra'
Operated its first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as TN534 - March 26, 1990
Australian Airlines was sold to Qantas Airways Ltd - September 14, 1992
Australian Airlines initially continued to operate as a separate identity with some flights jointly flown
between the two carriers
Australian Airlines was officially merged with Qantas Airways - October 31, 1993
Ownership was transferred to Qantas Airways Ltd - December 08, 1993
Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney - August 15, 2008
Operated its final revenue service Canberra - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF853 - October 08, 2012
Qantas titles and logo were removed at Melbourne (Tullamarine)
Departed Melbourne in the basic Qantas livery on the ferry flight to the United States as QF6027 - October 15, 2012
Arrived Victorville for long-term storage - October 17, 2012
Ferry route: Melbourne - Sydney (overnight) - Apia - Honolulu - Victorville
It was observed stored at Victorville as 'VH-TJE' - August 13, 2013
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 22, 2013
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N230AG - December 02, 2013
Registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest NA Trustee, Salt Lake City
It was reportedly destined for Aero Acquisitions (Aergo Capital Ltd)
It was observed stored at Victorville as 'N230AG' in the basic Qantas livery - November 01, 2014
Sold to Innovation Aviation - December 24, 2014
Registered to Aerotrust Service Corporation Trustee, Wilmington, Delaware - January 16, 2015
Ferried Victorville - Brownsville - Panama City for freighter conversion - July 06, 2015
Ferried Panama City - Miami following completion of freighter conversion - December 04, 2015
Aircraft was placed in storage at Miami
Ferried Miami - Bogota on delivery to Aerocaribe - June 07, 2016
Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - June 09, 2016
Entered onto the Colombian Aircraft Register as HK-5197 - June 2016
This aircraft was badly damaged in a landing accident at Leticia Airport (Colombia) - January 28, 2017
Aircraft was operating a freighter service Bogota - Leticia
It overran the end of the runway and came to a stop in soft ground beyond the runway threshold
The four crew members sustain no injuries
To view further details on this accident please click 'HERE'
Although the aircraft was considered to be beyond economical repair it was recovered for assessment
It was observed at Leticia being repaired - November 27, 2018
Ferried Letica - Bogota - 2019
It was observed in a hangar at Bogota - February 05, 2019
Returned to service - ?
VH-TJE. Australian - 'Kookaburra' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, July 1990.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-290.)
VH-TJE. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Kookaburra' in the standard livery with additional '75th Birthday' decal at Brisbane Airport, November 1995.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-068.)
VH-TJE. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Kookaburra' in the standard livery at Coolangatta Airport, July 2004.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-930.)
VH-TJE. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Kookaburra' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, March 2007.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-387.)