VH-VBF. Boeing 737-7Q8. c/n 30630-1032.


 

Ordered new by International Lease Finance Company (ILFC)

Rolled off Boeing production line at Renton - November 20, 2001

First flown as VH-VBF - December 03, 2001

Powered by CFM International CFM56-7B20 engines

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-VBF - December 10, 2001

Registered to International Lease Finance Company

Leased to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd as registered operator

Accepted by ILFC at Seattle - December 17, 2001

Departed Seattle as DJ7928 on delivery flight to Australia - December 17, 2001

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

Delivery route: Seattle - Kahului - Nadi - Brisbane

Aircraft was named 'Mellie Melbourne'

Operated first revenue service Brisbane - Adelaide as DJ782 - December 21, 2001

Registered to International Lease Finance Company - March 31, 2005

Leased to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd as registered operator

Fitted with winglets - September 2007

Involved in a breakdown of separation near Melbourne Airport - December 5, 2010

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

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

Operated final revenue service Sydney - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as DJ886 - November 08, 2011

Withdrawn from service and prepared for return to lessor

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Kuala Lumpur as DJ9081 for post lease maintenance - November 12, 2011

Test flown at Kuala Lumpur in full Aerolineas Argentinas livery - December 13, 2011

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 16, 2011

Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N351LF - December 16, 2011

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

Cancelled from the U. S. Aircraft Register - February 17, 2012

Entered onto the Argentinian Aircraft Register as LV-CSC - February 17, 2012

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

Leased to Aerolineas Argentinas as registered operator

Departed Kuala Lumpur (Subang) on ferry flight to Argentina - February 25, 2012

Arrived Buenos Aires at conclusion of ferry flight - February 28, 2012

Ferry route: Kuala Lumpur - Dubai - Barcelona - Las Palmas - Recife - Buenos Aires (Ezeira)

Current with Aerolineas Argentinas

 


 

 

VH-VBF. Virgin Blue - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, April 2003.