09 March 2011

ex-US Airways N527AU

An ex-US Airways 737-3B7, N527AU (c/n 23862, l/n 1586), is making its way westward from MIA (via LGB, HNL & APW) to AKL, and being delivered to Airwork / Toll Priority (HT/PST) of New Zealand. It will be re-registered as ZK-FXT.

23862 was originally delivered to US Air as N396AU in August 1998. It was re-registered to the current N527AU three months later, and was retired from the US Airways fleet, and stored at MHV in August 2009.

It's now owned by the Aurora Leasing Group of San Antonio, TX. In November 2010, N527AU was ferried to MIA for freighter conversion to become a -3B7SF by Aeronautical Engineers Inc.

N527AU is seen above on HNL's South Ramp, being readied for departure. However, after re-fueling and two walk-arounds with the APU running, the crew shut the aircraft down, and delayed its next leg to APW. It also appears that it will receive its final livery when it arrives in New Zealand.

***Update 03.11.11***
N527AU left for APW earlier this morning

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