VH-TAA. Airbus A300B4-203. c/n 134.


First of four aircraft ordered new by Trans Australia Airlines (T.A.A.) - December 10, 1974

First flown at Toulouse as F-WZEJ - May 06, 1981

Powered by General Electric CF6-50C2 engines

Ferried Toulouse - Hamburg (Lemwerder) for fitout - May 09, 1981

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAA - June 29, 1981

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Accepted by Trans Australia Airlines at Toulouse - July 01, 1981

Departed Toulouse on the delivery flight to Australia - July 10, 1981

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the delivery flight - July 13, 1981

Delivery route: Toulouse - Bahrain - Madras - Kuala Lumpur - Perth - Melbourne

Aircraft was named 'James Cook'

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as TN534 - July 22, 1981

Due to a downturn in traffic the airline sought an overseas lease for this aircraft

Withdrawn from use at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - February 15, 1984

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 16, 1984

Leased to Condor Airways (Lufthansa subsidiary) - March 19, 1984

Entered onto the German Aircraft Register as D-AITA - March 19, 1984

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to Germany (Hamburg) as LH1282 - March 19, 1984

Withdrawn from use and prepared for return to Trans Australia on termination of the lease - October 1994

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the ferry flight as LH6690 - October 30, 1984

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAA - November 07, 1984

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 23, 1984

Prepared for lease to Air Niugini - November 1984

This aircraft acquired the distinctive Air Niugini 'Bird of Paradise' livery

Leased to Air Niugini - November 27, 1984

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-ANG - November 27, 1984

Operated first Air Nuigini revenue service Sydney - Brisbane - Port Moresby as PX4 - November 28, 1984

Trans Australia Airlines was renamed Australian Airlines - August 04, 1986

Operated last Air Nuigini revenue service - March 11, 1989

Returned to Australian Airlines in Melbourne after being overhauled in Singapore - June 08, 1989

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAA - June 15, 1989

Re-entered service with Australian Airlines Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - June 16, 1989

Operated first service in the standard Qantas livery Melbourne - Sydney - July 29, 1993

Australian Airlines was officially merged with Qantas Airways - October 31, 1993

Ownership transferred to Qantas following the merger of both airlines - December 08, 1993

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United Kingdom as QF6000 - August 30, 1994

Aircraft underwent heavy maintenance with British Aerospace at Bristol

Ferry route: Melbourne - Darwin - Singapore - Colombo - Bahrain - Larnaca - Bristol (Filton)

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on return to Qantas after maintenance - October 03, 1994

Departed Melbourne as QF6024 to undergo maintenance with British Aerospace - February 21, 1996

Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Honolulu - Vancouver - Montreal (Mirabel) - Bristol (Filton)

Operated final Qantas revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) - August 13, 1998

Withdrwan from use and stored at Melbourne having flown 34,927 hours with 24,395 landings

Sold to Pinnacle Air Cargo Enterprises LLC / Pace Cargo - September 08, 1998

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N370PC - September 08, 1998

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 08, 1998

Departed Melbourne on the ferry flight to Germany (Dresden)- September 10, 1998

Stored at Dresden pending conversion to freighter configuration by DASA

Ferried Dresden - Bristol (Filton) after freighter conversion - March 10, 1999

Ferried Bristol (Filton) - Bangor - Roswell - May 1999

Leased to Express.net, Florida - May 1999

Seen at Miami in the standard Express.net livery operating for Emery Air Freight - May 21, 1999

Ferried Sacremento - Marana as XNA9370 (Express.net) on return to lessor - June 30, 2006

Placed in storage at Marana, Arizona

Ferried Marana - Tucson - December 06, 2007

Ferried Tucson - Gander - Pais (Orly) for storage - December 08, 2007

Reportedly to be leased to Midex Airlines Ltd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Accepted by Midex Airlines at Paris as N370PC - December 09, 2007

Observed at Aubu Dhabi as N370PC being operated by Midex - April 28, 2009

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - June 01, 2009

Entered onto United Arab Emirates Aircraft Register as A6-MDF - June 01, 2009

Registered to Pace Cargo Enterprises IV LLC

Leased to Midex Airlines, Abu Dhabi as the registered operator

Observed at Dubai operated by Midex Airlines - November 14, 2010

Withdrawn from service at Nadia International Airport, Abu Dhabi - ?

Parting out commenced shortly after the aircraft was withdrawn from service

Fuselage now derelict at Abu Dhabi - 2011


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F-WZEJ. TAA Trans Australia - in the original livery at Toulouse, May 1981.

VH-TAA / F-WZEJ. TAA Trans Australia - in the original livery at Toulouse, June 1981.

 

VH-TAA. TAA Trans Australia - in the original livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1981.

VH-TAA. TAA Trans Australia - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, January 1982.

VH-TAA. TAA Trans Australia - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, January 1982.

VH-TAA. TAA Trans Australia - in the original livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1982.

 

VH-TAA. TAA Trans Australia - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, January 1983.

D-AITA. Condor - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, March 1984.

D-AITA. Condor - in the standard livery at Hamburg Airport, April 1984.

D-AITA. Condor - in the standard livery at Hamburg Airport, May 1984.
 

 

D-AITA. Condor - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1984.

 

P2-ANG. Air Niugini - in 'Bird of Paradise' livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1984.

P2-ANG. Air Niugini - in 'Bird of Paradise' livery at Sydney Airport, December 1984.

P2-ANG. Air Niugini - in 'Bird of Paradise' livery at Sydney Airport, June 1985.

P2-ANG. Air Niugini - in 'Bird of Paradise' livery at Sydney Airport, June 1985.

P2-ANG. Air Niugini - in 'Bird of Paradise' livery at Melbourne Airport, June 1987.

P2-ANG. Air Niugini - in 'Bird of Paradise' livery at Sydney Airport, September 1987.

P2-ANG. Australian - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, June 1989.

VH-TAA. Australian - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1990.

VH-TAA. Australian - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, June 1991.

VH-TAA. Qantas The Australian Airline - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1992.

VH-TAA. Qantas The Australian Airline - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1992.

VH-TAA. Qantas The Australian Airline - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1993.

VH-TAA. Qantas The Australian Airline - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1993.

VH-TAA. Qantas The Australian Airline - with '75 Years' titles at Brisbane Airport, June 1995.

VH-TAA. Qantas The Australian Airline - with '75 Years' titles at Brisbane Airport, June 1995.

VH-TAA. Qantas The Australian Airline - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, August 1997.

VH-TAA. Qantas - in the basic livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1998.

VH-TAA. Qantas - in the basic livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1998.
 

 

N370PC. Qantas - in the basic livery at Melbourne Airport, September 1998.