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Ever DC9 In Australia/NZ?  
User currently offlineThaigold 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....

Anyone knows?


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User currently offlineMyk From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2613 times:

I remember flying in the 70' with TAA in a DC9 and even with Ansett !



User currently offlineMyk From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2611 times:


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User currently offlineThaigold From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 315 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2604 times:

Thanks Myk - you've cleared that one pretty quickly... Any idea how many Ansett had - and why they didn't keep them??


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User currently offlineMyk From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2590 times:

No idea, but I have another question : What happened with TAA ?

User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2565 times:

TAA changed it's name to Australian AIrlines which then merged with Qantas.

As for how many DC9's- ANsett and TAA both had about 10 or 12. WHy didn't they keep them- when they were retired, they were aging!

BTW- there's also a DC9 cargo operator: IPEC.


User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2520 times:

As for New Zealand, no we have never had a DC9 on the register here.  Smile

User currently offlineJetblast737 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.

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User currently offlineAJ 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:

Hi Guys;

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.

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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.

Further details can be seen at http://dbromage.railpage.org.au/aviation/ex-vh/DC9.html.

Cheers!


User currently offlinePositive 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  Sad
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.


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