VH-XFB. Airbus A330-243. c/n 0372.

 

This aircraft was originally ordered new by Sri Lankan Airways but was not taken up

The order was reallocated to Emirates Airlines

Rolled off Airbus production line at Toulouse, France - 2000

Powered by Rolls Royce Trent 772B-60 engines

Observed at Toulouse in primer with Emirates tail colors - September 19, 2000

First flown as F-WWKQ - November 20, 2000

Observed at Chateauroux being painted in the standard Emirates livery - December 02, 2000

Entered onto Emirates Aircraft Register as A6-EAC - December 2000

Accepted by Emirates at Toulouse - December 21, 2000

Operated first Emirates revenue service - ?

Operated final Emirates revenue service Calicut - Dubai - January 12, 2011

Returned to Credit Agricole on termination of the lease

Observed at Dubai in an all-white livery as 'VH-XFB' - April 18, 2011

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-XFB - April 19, 2011

Registered to VB A330 Leasing Ltd, Cayman Islands

Leased to Virgin Blue Australia Pty Ltd as the registered operator

Departed Dubai as VH-XFB on the ferry flight to Malaysia - April 19, 2011

Virgin Blue was renamed Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd - May 04, 2011

The aircraft was named 'Cable Beach'

Ferried Kuala Lumpur - Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the standard Virgin Australia livery as DJ9060 - May 04, 2011

Operated first revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Perth as DJ553 - May 26, 2011

This was the inaugural Virgin Australia A330 service

Operated final revenue service Perth - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as VA694 - September 12, 2014

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Singapore (Changi) for end-of-lease maintenance as VA9941 - September 16, 2014

Observed at Singapore (Changi) in standard Azul Airlines livery - November 28, 2014

Test flown at Singapore (Changi) as VA9946 - November 29, 2014

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 10, 2014

Entered onto the Brazilian Aircraft Register as PR-AIX - December 2014

Registered to ?

Ferried Singapore (Changi) - Johanesburg - December 16, 2014

The aircraft was named 'I Love Brazil'

Observed operating Sao Paulo - Fort Lauderdale as AZU8704 - January 04, 2015

Current with Azul Linhas Aereas (Brazil)

 

VH-XFB. Virgin Australia - 'Cable Beach' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, June 14, 2013.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0330-137.)

VH-XFB. Virgin Australia - 'Cable Beach' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, June 14, 2013.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0330-138.)

VH-XFB. Virgin Australia - 'Cable Beach' in the standard livery at Perth Airport, June 14, 2013.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0330-139.)