Thaigold From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 315 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2622 times:
I was just wondering if there has ever been any DC9's flying in Australia or New Zealand. I know we currently have some 717's with Qantaslink but why not DC9's. If they can still fly in the rest of the world they should also still be here - if there ever was any....
Jetblast737 From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2475 times:
Whilst working for Ansett Air Freight in the mid 90s we used to operate the 2 DC-9 freighters on behalf of IPEC and after they were sold to Independant Air Freighters. They would operate BNE-SYD-MEL /MEL-HBA/HBA-MEL/MEL-BNE Monday nignt to Friday morning.And they were ultra reliable for an old A/C hardly ever were they unserviceable.Their registration was VH-IPF VH-IPC.They were eventually sold and went overseas.Sad to see them go.
AJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2389 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2447 times:
Ansett-ANA/Ansett Airlines of Australia operated 12 DC-9-31s registered VH-CZA thru VH-CZL. The first arrived in March 1967 and the last was retired in August 1982.
Trans Australia Airlines/Australian Airlines operated 12 DC-9-31s registered VH-TJJ thru VH-TJU. The first arrived in March 1967, arriving minutes before Ansett-ANA's first machine by the toss of a coin, and the last was retired in November 1989.
Southern Cross Airlines, trading as Compass Airlines, operated 5 DC-9-82/83s (MD-80s) registered VH-LNH thru VH-LNL. The first arrived in July 1992 and they all operated until the airline collapsed in March 1993.
Mayne Nickless/IPEC Aviation operated DC-9-33F VH-IPC and DC-9-33CF VH-IPF. IPF arrived in August 1982 and IPC in January 1990. Both were sold to Independent Air Freighters as Jetblast 737 has mentioned above.
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2418 times:
Unfortunately the DC-9 disappeared all too soon from Australian skies. Ansett got rid of theirs in the early 1980's when the 737-200's were delivered, and TAA(later Australian) disposed of theirs in the mid 1980's. And i remember those 2 IPEC freighters, used to visit ADL often too, sad to see those go too
As for why the DC-9 was retired so early over here? I don't think it had much to do with age, it was more fleet commonality. Australian and Ansett were both getting new 737's and the DC-9 didn't fit in with their plans. They probably had another good 10 years or so in them though.