VH-TJO. Boeing 737-476. c/n 24440-2324.
Was also registered as: N116BT; EI-STB; OE-IAJ.
This aircraft was ordered new by Australian Airlines - ?
Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle - June 11, 1992
Powered by CFM International CFM-56-3C1 engines
First flown as VH-TJO - June 25, 1992
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TJO - July 13, 1992
Registered to Australian Airlines Ltd, Melbourne
Accepted by Australian Airlines at Seattle (Boeing Field) - July 13, 1992
Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - July 22, 1992
It arrived at Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - July 24, 1992
Delivery route: Seattle - Port Angeles - Hilo - Noumea - Melbourne
Established a world distance record on the delivery flight between Hilo - Noumea of 6,262 km
The aircraft was named 'Lorikeet'
Operated its first revenue service - July 1992
Australian Airlines was sold to Qantas Airways Ltd - September 14, 1992
Australian Airlines initially continued to operate as a separate identity, some flights flown between the two carriers
Australian Airlines was officially merged with Qantas Airways - October 31, 1993
Ownership of the aircraft was transferred to Qantas Airways Ltd - December 08, 1993
Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney - August 15, 2005
Operated services for Air Nauru / Norfolk Jet Express following their grounding - March 01, 2006
Route: Brisbane - Norfolk Island - Sydney - Norfolk Island - Brisbane
It was observed in the Qantas 'new roo' livery - August 2007
Operated 'last' revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF407 - October 17, 2011
Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Melbourne (Avalon) for storage as QF6121 - October 17, 2011
Ferried Melbourne (Avalon) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF6121 - October 24, 2011
Returned to service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Brisbane as QF618 - November 20, 2011
Operated its final revenue service Canberra - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF483 - January 20, 2012
Withdrawn from service and prepared for storage with titles and logos removed
Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney in the basic Qantas livery as QF6019 - February 10, 2012
Departed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) on the ferry flight to the United States for storage as QF6027 - February 11, 2012
It arrived at Victorville on completion of the ferry flight as QF6029 - February 12, 2012
Ferry route: Melbourne - Sydney (QF6019) - Apia - Honolulu (QF6027) - Honolulu - Victorville (QF6029)
Stored at Victorville in the basic Qantas livery
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 05, 2012
Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N116BT - June 05, 2012
Registered to Bank of Utah Trustee, Salt Lake City, Utah
This aircraft was to be converted to freighter configuration by Commercial Jet Incorp, Miami, Florida
Ferried Victorville - Miama for freighter conversion for the ASL Aviation Group - June 10, 2012
The acceptance flight was carried out at Miami following freight conversion - September 26, 2012
Accepted by Air Contractors (Ireland) Ltd - September 26, 2012
Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - September 26, 2012
Entered onto the Irish Aircraft Register as EI-STB - September 27, 2012
Registered to Air Contractors (Ireland) Ltd (AG/ABR), Dublin
It arrived at Dublin on completion of the ferry flight from Miami - September 30, 2012
Air Contractors was renamed ASL Airlines Ireland - June 14, 2014
The aircraft entered heavy maintenance at Shannon - May 16, 2015
Rolled out in an all-white livery as 'OE-IAJ' - June 08, 2015
Cancelled from the Irish Aircraft Register - August 28, 2015
Entered onto the Austrian Aircraft Register as OE-IAJ - August 28, 2015
Ferried Shannon - Liege on delivery to TNT Airways - September 01, 2015
It was observed at Vienna in all-white livery with 'ASL' titles on the forward fuselage - August 18, 2016
Current status - ?
VH-TJO. Australian - 'Lorikeet' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, January 1993.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-085.)
VH-TJO. Australian - 'Lorikeet' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, February 1993.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-962.)
VH-TJO. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'Lorikeet' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, September 1994.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-086.)
VH-TJO. Qantas Spirit of Australia - 'Lorikeet' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, December 2008.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-363.)