VH-TAC. Airbus A300B4-203. c/n 157.

 

This aircraft was the third of four aircraft ordered new by Trans Australia Airlines (T.A.A.) - December 10, 1974

First flown at Toulouse as F-WZMG - August 24, 1981

Powered by General Electriuc CF6-50C2 engines

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAC - October 09, 1981

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Accepted by Trans Australia Airlines at Toulouse, France - October 09, 1981

Departed Toulouse on the delivery flight to Australia - October 20, 1981

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on cvompletion of the delivery flight - October 22, 1981

Delivery route: Toulouse - Bahrain - Madras - Singapore - Perth - Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'John Forrest'

The aircraft naming ceremony was carried out at Perth Airport before flying on to Melbourne

Operated first revenue service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (KIngsford Smith) as TN534 - October 25, 1981

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

Leased to Air Niugini - December 08, 1986 to January 31, 1987

Ownership transferred to Qantas Airways when both airlines merged - October 31, 1993

Operated final Qantas revenue service Sydney - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QF475 - October 09, 1998

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 05, 1998

Sold to Pinnacle Air Cargo Enterprises / Pace Cargo - November 06, 1998

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N371PC - November 06, 1998

Departed Melbourne on the ferry flight to Bristol (Filton) in the basic Qantas livery - November 11, 1998

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

Ferried Bristol (Filton) - Dresden for conversion to freighter configuration - February 02, 1999

Ferried Dresden - Bristol (Filton) on completion of freighter conversion - June 12, 1999

Ferried Bristol (Filton) - Bangor - Roswell for storage - June 14, 1999

Observed stored at Roswell in all-white livery as N371PC - October 14, 1999

Leased to Express.net Airlines Inc, Florida - May 06, 2000

Leased to Air Hong Kong - September 02, 2002

Leased to Dragonair - June 10, 2004

Operates both Air Hong Kong and Dragonair freighter services in an all-white livery

Returned to Express.net Airlines and seen at San Juan in standard Express.net livery - February 25, 2006

Ferried Dayton - Marana on return to lessor as XNA9371 - June 24, 2006

Observed stored at Marana - March 13, 2007

Reportedly for Midex Airlines, United Arab Emirates - 2008

 

VH-TAC. TAA Trans Australia - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1982.

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VH-TAC. TAA - 'John Forrest' in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1985.

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VH-TAC. TAA Trans Australia - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 1986.

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VH-TAC. TAA Trans Australia - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 1986.

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VH-TAC. Australian - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, March 1988.

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VH-TAC. Australian - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, May 1988.

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VH-TAC. Australian - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1988.

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VH-TAC. Australian - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, September 1988.

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VH-TAC. Australian - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, June 1992.

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VH-TAC. Australian - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, August 1992.

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VH-TAC. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery with additional '75 Years' logo at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, January 1996.

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VH-TAC. Qantas The Australian Airline - 'John Forrest' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, August 1998.

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VH-TAC. Qantas - in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1998.

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VH-TAC. Qantas - in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1998.

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N371PC. Qantas - in the basic livery at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, November 1998.

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N371PC. Express Net - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 2000.

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N371PC. Midex - in the all-white livery at an unknown airport, October 2006.

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A6-MDA. Midex - in the all-white livery at an unknown airport, September 2008.

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