VH-VBD. Boeing 737-7Q8. c/n 30707-975.


 

Ordered new by International Lease Finance Company (ILFC)

Rolled off Boeing production line at Renton - September 21, 2001

First flown as N1786B - October 01, 2001

Powered by CFM International CFM56-7B20 engines

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-VBD - October 05, 2001

Registered to International Lease Finance Company

Leased to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd as registered operator

Accepted by ILFC at Seattle - October 17, 2001

Departed Seattle as DJ738 on delivery flight to Australia - October 17, 2001

Arrived Brisbane at conclusion of delivery flight - October 19, 2001

Delivery route: Seattle - Maui - Nadi - Brisbane

Aircraft was named 'Sassy Sydney'

Operated first revenue service Brisbane - Melbourne as DJ344 - October 26, 2001

Registered to International Lease Finance Company - March 31, 2005

Leased to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd as registered operator

Flight crew experienced a flight control problem on flight from Melbourne - Sydney - August 9, 2005

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

Fitted with winglets - September 2007

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

Operated final revenue service Adelaide - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as DJ242 - September 07, 2011

Departed Melbourne on ferry flight to Kuala Lumpur (Subang)1on return to lessor - September 07, 2011

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 17, 2011

Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N331LF - October 17, 2011

Registered to International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), Los Angeles

Departed Kuala Lumpur on delivery flight to Argentina as AR1004 - November 20, 2011

Arrived at Buenos Aires at conclusion of delivery flight - November 27, 2011

Delivery route: Kuala Lumpur (Subang) - Mauritius - Luanda - Recife - Buenos Aires

Aircraft had flown 30,659 hours with 22,091 cycles

Cancelled from the U. S. Aircraft Register - December 07, 2011

Entered onto the Argentinean Aircraft Register as LV-CSI - December 7, 2011

Registered to International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC)

Leased to Aerolineas Argentinas as registered operator

Current with Aerolineas Argentinas

 


 

 

VH-VBD. Virgin Blue - in the full livery at Brisbane Airport, October 2005.