Oz Jet's Boeing 737 - 200

You may recall that there were three OzJet aircraft parked at Perth Airport in days past where the Virgin Terminal now sits? One of the jets was flown to Jandakot Airport on April 24th 2010. This aircraft is now used by Polytechnic West (former TAFE) for (non flying) training. Once parked at the current Terminal 2, the remaining two aircraft were moved to the end of Taxiway Romeo at the north western end of Perth Airport. (Now there is only one!) They have been grounded since May 2009.

The aircraft were born at Boeing in Renton USA, they left the factory in September 1975, purchased by the Belgian airline Sebena. Through a sordid history of leases and livery changes they were eventually registered in Australia as VH-OZU and VH-OZX by OzJet Airlines on October 26th 2005.


By May 2009 OzJet had made its final flight. Having flown some 63,000 hours with 45,000 cycles OzJet were placed in the hands of the administrator on May 21st 2009. The fuel thirsty aircraft failed to sell for the asking price of  USD $695,00 each on the day. The aircraft then appeared on the American register as NH733HL and NH737HL. Remaining on the ground and finally cancelled from the American register in 2011.

Since 2009 the deteriorating aircraft have accumulated parking fees in excess of their value. Occupying precious ground space they needed to depart Perth Airport, one way or another...

As aviation enthusiasts, we couldn't stand by and watch them become scrap metal... and so an idea was born! Negotiations were launched, we made a commitment to Perth Airport and the American owners, and so our adventures began!

A Brief History -

OzJet Boeing 737-200 Aircraft - VH‐OZX
Boeing 737‐229

c/n 21176‐433.

Ordered new by Sabena Belgian World Airlines

1975 - Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton 

1975 - First flown at Renton as OO-SDO - September 18,

1975 - Entered onto the Belgian Aircraft Register as OO-SDO

1975 - Accepted by Sabena at Boeing Field - December 09

1993 - Sold to Certifair, NV - March 16

1993 - Leased to Sabena - March 16

1998 - Sold to European Aviation Ltd (U.K.) - May 15

1998 - Leased to Sabena Airlines - May 15

2000 - Withdrawn from use by Sabena at Brussels - November 5

 Aircraft had flown 55,833 hours with 40,223 cycles

2000 - Ferried Brussels - Paris (LBG) for maintenance - November 18

2000 - Returned to European Aviation, Bournmouth - November 27

2000 - Cancelled from the Belgian Aircraft Register - November 27

2000 - Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-CEAJ - November 27 Registered to European Aviation Ltd (U.K.), Bournemouth

2000 - Leased to European Air Charter as registered operator -               December 05

2001 - Observed at Paris (LBG) in all-white livery as OO-SDO - January   04

2001 - Ferried Paris (LBG) - Bournemouth as G-CEAJ for painting

2001 - Observed at Dusseldorf in dark V.I.P. livery - April 27

2001 - Ferried Brussels - Bournemouth - May 25

2001 - Observed at Manchester with 'TCS Expeditions' titles - August   18

2003 - Observed at Paris (CDG) in basic European blue livery without   titles - August 25

2004 - Leased to Palmair (Spain)

2004 - Observed at Lourdes with red Palmair titles on left side only - July 16

2005 - Registered to European Skybus Ltd - February 08

2005 - Observed at Nice in red-black European livery with large red   Palmair titles - May 07

2005 - Observed at Bournemouth in basic Ozjet livery - November 01

2005 - Arrived Melbourne as EAF9908 in Ozjet livery via Kuala Lumpur   -  Darwin - November 14

2005 - Leased to Ozjet Australia as G-CEAJ - November 15

2006 - Ozjet Airlines ceased scheduled passenger services to   concentrate on charter operations - March 12

2006 - Aircraft stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport - March 15

2006 - Departed Melbourne on ferry flight to Bournemouth as   EAF9913  - March 28

2006 - Observed at London (LGW) in full Ozjet livery - May 22

2006 - Departed Bournemouth on ferry flight to Australia as EAF9916 - October 16

2006 - Arrived Coolangatta at conclusion of ferry flight for Indy Car   Race - October 18

2006 - Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - October 23

2006 - Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-OZX -   

 Reregistered to Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd, Melbourne - October 25

2007 - Ferried Melbourne - Perth - February 23

2007 - Operated proving flight Perth - Derby - Perth - February 23

2007 - Operated inaugural Perth - Derby - Perth service as O7-441/442   - February 27

2007 - Operated inaugural Perth - Denpasar service as O7-820 -   September 26

Perth - Denpasar - Perth services were operated for IndoJet (Indonesia) on charter

Sold to Heavy Lift Cargo Airlines Pty Ltd

Ozjet acquired by Heavy Lift to gain access to an Australian AOC to fly domestic freight

2008 - Registered to Heavy Lift Cargo Airlines Pty Ltd - May 02

Ozjet continued to operate as a separate identity

2008 - Ferried Derby - Jakarta (Soekarna-Hatta) for maintenance - May 27

2008 - Returned to Ozjet at Perth - June

2009 - Operated final Norfolk Island - Brisbane service as OZJ902 - April 27

2009 - Aircraft advertised for sale by Flightstar International LLC, Fort Lauderdale - May

The quoted sales price was $US695,000 with the aircraft having flown 63,613 hours with 43,497 cycles

2009 - Operated final revenue service Perth - Derby - Perth as   OZJ441/442 - May 19

2009 - Ozjet Airlines ceased all flight operations - May 20

2009 - Stored at Perth Airport - May 20

2009 - Airline placed in administration due to inability to add freighter   aircraft to its AOC - May 21

2009 - The U. S. Registration 'N737HL' reserved by Flight Star Trading LLC - June 29

2009 - Observed stored at Perth Airport as 'N737HL' in full Ozjet livery  -  September 01

2010 - Sold to Strategic Air Consultants - February 25

2010 - Sold to Red Cloud Assets LLC, Cheyenne, Wyoming - February   25

2010 - Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N737HL - May 04

Registered to Red Cloud Assets LLC

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register -

2011 - Cancelled from the U. S. Aircraft Register - September 30

2012 Aircraft remains stored at Perth as N737HL

2017 - Ownership of aircraft transferred to Aero Line Pty Ltd - 17th January

2019 - Aircraft fuselage moved to White Gum Air Park – 27th March

2019 - Left hand wing installed - October 4

2019 - Right hand wing installed - September 10
2019 - Inboard flaps installed - October 10

OzJet Boeing 737-200 Aircraft - VH‐OZU
Boeing 737‐229

c/n 21176‐431.
Ordered new by Sabena Belgian World Airlines

1975 – September ‐ Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton 1975 ‐ First flown at Renton as N8277V
1975 ‐ Entered onto the Belgian Aircraft register as OO‐SDN
1977 ‐ Leased to Gulf Air as OO‐SDN

1978 ‐ Returned to Sabena at end of lease
1985 ‐ Leased to Air Gabon as OO‐SDN
1985 ‐ Returned to Sabena at end of lease
1989 ‐ Leased to Malaysian Airline Systems
1989 ‐ Cancelled from the Belgian Aircraft Register
1989 ‐ Entered onto the Malaysian Aircraft Register as 9M‐MBP 1990 ‐ Returned to SABENA at end of lease

1990 ‐ Entered onto the Belgian Aircraft Register as OO‐SDN
1993 ‐ Entered service with Sobelair
1993 ‐ Returned to Sabena at end of lease
1993 ‐ Entered Sabena service at Brussels in Sabena livery but with Sobelair titles 1993 ‐ Leased to Sobelair

1994 ‐ Returned to Sabena
1998 ‐ Sold to European Airways Ltd
1998 ‐ Leased to Sabena Belgian World Airlines

2000 ‐ Operated final Sabena service Gothenburg ‐ Brussels as SN732. Withdrawn from use and parked at Brussels in basic Sabena livery without titles.
Aircraft had flown 56,107 hours with 40,829 cycles

2000 ‐ Cancelled from the Belgian Aircraft Register 2001 ‐ Returned to European Aviation Ltd

2001 ‐ Leased to European Air Charter
2001 ‐ Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G‐CEAI ‐ March 2001
2001 ‐ Ferried Brussels ‐ Bournemouth in basic Sabena livery
2001 ‐ Ferried Bournemouth ‐ Paris (LBG) for overhaul
2001 ‐ Observed at Paris Le Bourget without engines undergoing maintenance 2001 ‐ Rolled out at Bournmouth in black‐blue livery without titles
2003 ‐ Observed at Paris (CDG) in black‐blue livery without titles
2005 ‐ Observed at Bournemouth in full Ozjet livery as G‐CEAI
2005 ‐ Departed Bournemouth as EAF9716 on ferry flight to Australia

2005 Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) at conclusion of ferry flight ‐ February 22. Ferry route: Bournemouth ‐ Rhodes ‐ Kuala Lumpur ‐ Darwin ‐ Adelaide – Melbourne. Flew promotional flights within Australia under Eurocharter designator

2005 ‐ Displayed at Avalon Air Show as G‐CEAI ‐ March 20

2005 ‐ Placed in storage at Melbourne awaiting granting of Ozjet Operating Certificate

2005 ‐ Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) for Romania via Darwin ‐ Kuala Lumpur for maintenance

2005 ‐ Departed Romania on ferry flight to Australia following maintenance

2005 ‐ Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) at conclusion of ferry flight ‐ October 15, Aircraft arrived in a modified livery with 'Oz' on the tail and additional 'web address'

2005 ‐ Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH‐OZU ‐ October 26. Reregistered to Ozjet Airlines Pty Ltd, Melbourne

2005 ‐ Operated first revenue service Melbourne ‐ Sydney as O7004 ‐ November 29. This was the inaugural Ozjet service in Australia

2006 ‐ Operated final revenue service Sydney ‐ Melbourne as O7059 ‐ March 12. This was the final Ozjet Australian service

2006 ‐ Ozjet ceased all scheduled operation ‐ March 12. Airline's owner decided to concentrate only on charter services from this date.
Stored at the AAES hangar at Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport ‐ March 15

2006 ‐ Ferried Melbourne ‐ Brisbane as O7‐900 ‐ May 19
2006 ‐ Operated proving flight Brisbane ‐ Norfolk Island ‐ Brisbane ‐ May 20

2006 ‐ Operated inaugural Brisbane ‐ Norfolk Island as O7‐331; Norfolk Island ‐ Sydney as O7‐332; Sydney ‐ Norfolk Island as O7‐333; Norfolk Island ‐ Brisbane as O7‐334 ‐ May 24

2007 ‐ Sold to Heavy Lift Cargo Airlines Pty Ltd. Ozjet acquired by Heavy Lift to gain access to an Australian AOC to fly domestic freight

2008 ‐ Registered to Heavy Lift Cargo Airlines Pty Ltd ‐ May 2. Ozjet continued to operate as a separate identity

2009 ‐ Aircraft advertised for sale by Flightstar International LLC, Fort Lauderdale – May. Advertised sale price was $US 695,000 with the aircraft having flown 63,109 hours with 44,568 cycles

2009 - Ozjet Airlines ceased all flight operations - May 20

2009 - Stored at Perth Airport - May 20

2009 - Airline placed in administration due to inability to add freighter   aircraft to its AOC - May 21

2010 ‐ Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N733HL ‐ May 03. Registered to Red Cloud Assets LLC

2011 ‐ Cancelled from the U. S. Aircraft Register ‐ September 30
2011 ‐ Aircraft remains stored at Perth Airport as N733HL


2017 - Ownership of aircraft transferred to Aero Line Pty Ltd - 17th January
2018 - Aircraft wing to fuselage cowlings removed

2019 - Inboard flaps removed

2020 - Aircraft ready for transport - November

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