VH-VGR. Airbus A320-232. c/n 4257.


This aircraft was ordered new by CIT Leasing Corporation for lease to Jetstar Airways - ?

Powered by International Aero Engines IAE V2527-A5 engines

Observed at Toulouse as 'F-WWIQ' in primer with the full Jetstar tail - March 1, 2010

First flown at Toulouse as F-WWIQ in the Jetstar livery - March 25, 2010

Ferried Toulouse - Hamburg (Finkenwerder) for interior fitout as AIB257A - March 25, 2010

Ferried Hamburg (Finkenwerder) - Toulouse as AIB257B - April 01, 2010

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-VGR - April 01, 2010

Registered to CIT Leasing Corporation, New York

Leased to Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd Australia as the registered operator

Test flown at Toulouse as VH-VGR - April 06, 2010

Accepted by CIT Leasing Corporation at Toulouse - April 13, 2010

Handed over to Qantas Airways at Toulouse - April 13, 2010

Departed Toulouse on delivery flight to Australia as JST7992 - April 14, 2010

Arrived Newcastle on completion of the delivery flight - April 16, 2010

Delivery route: Toulouse - Dubai - Singapore - Darwin - Newcastle

Ferried Newcastle - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as JQ7981 - April 22, 2010

Operated first revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Adelaide (West Beach) as JQ766 - April 23, 2010

Registered to Wilmington Trust Company / Macquarie Aerospace Finance 4257 Trust - October 12, 2011

Leased to Jetstar Airways Pty Limited, Sydney as the registered operator

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as JQ7991 - August 10, 2013

Sustained damage to the APU exhaust and tail whilst stationary close to the Melbourne terminal - August 10, 2013

Aircraft was struck by the wing of a Virgin Boeing 737 as it was being pushed-back

The Virgin Australia aircraft was operating Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Maroochydore service as VA1507

Damage was estimated to be in the region of $A 2 - 3 million

Repaired and returned to service Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Cairns as JQ950 - September 20, 2013

To view the ATSB report on this accident please click 'HERE'

Current with Jetstar Airways


VH-VGR. Jetstar - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, June 16, 2010.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0320-178.)

VH-VGR. Jetstar - in the standard livery at Christchurch Airport, August 25, 2012.

(Z. Rae Copyright Image 0320-705.)