VH-TBJ. Boeing 727-276. c/n 20555-1056.

 

This aircraft was the last of four aircraft ordered new by Trans-Australia Airlines - ?

Rolled out at Boeing Seattle plant - June 20, 1974

First flown - July 12, 1974

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TBJ - July 24, 1974

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - July 25, 1974

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - July 27, 1974

Delivery route: Seattle - Honolulu - Pago Pago - Brisbane - Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'Joseph Banks'

It operated its first revenue service - August 01, 1974

It operated its last service in the original livery - October 09, 1981

Rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamaerine) in the Trans-Australia 'camel-hump' livery - October 30, 1981

Returned to service - November 02, 1981

Trans-Australia Airlines changed its name to Australian Airlines - August 04, 1986

Rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the Australian Airlines livery - April 01, 1988

It was officially transferred to Australian Airlines - July 11, 1988

It operated its final revenue service - January 06, 1992

Withdrawn from use and stored Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport

The aircraft had flown 51,020 hours with 38,857 cycles

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States - June 06, 1992

Arrived Greenwood (Mississippi) on completion of the ferry flight - June 09, 1992

It had flown 51,035 hours with 38,861 cycles

Sold to Memphis Group - June 09, 1992

Sold to Aero Ejecutivos - June 09, 1992

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 23, 1992

Entered onto the Mexican Aircraft Register as XA-SDR - December 1992

Transferred to AeroExo - May 01, 1993

Leased to Aviacsa - December 1994 to December 1995

Withdrawn from use and stored Mexico City - December 1998

Used as a source for spare parts

Observed at Mexico City in old Aviacsa livery with many parts missing - October 2000

Scrapped at Mexico City - ?

 

VH-TBJ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Joseph Banks' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1979.

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VH-TBJ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Joseph Banks' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, February 1979.

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VH-TBJ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Joseph Banks' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, March 1979.

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VH-TBJ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Joseph Banks' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

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VH-TBJ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Joseph Banks' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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VH-TBJ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Joseph Banks' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1980.

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VH-TBJ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Joseph Banks' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1980.

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VH-TBJ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Joseph Banks' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1980.

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VH-TBJ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Joseph Banks' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1980.

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VH-TBJ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Joseph Banks' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1981.

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VH-TBJ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Joseph Banks' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1981.

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VH-TBJ. TAA Trans Australia Airlines - 'Joseph Banks' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, July 1981.

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VH-TBJ. TAA Trans Australia - 'Joseph Banks' in the 'camel hump' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1985.

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VH-TBJ. TAA Trans Australia - 'Joseph Banks' in the 'camel hump' livery at Brisbane Airport, October 1985.

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VH-TBJ. TAA Trans Australia - 'Joseph Banks' in the 'camel hump' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, November 1985.

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VH-TBJ. Australian - 'Joseph Banks' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, October 1989.

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VH-TBJ. Australian - in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1992.

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XA-SDR. AeroExo - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, July 1993.

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XA-SDR. AeroExo - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, August 1993.

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XA-SDR. Aviacsa - in the hybrid livery at an unknown airport, February 1997.

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