VH-VBQ. Boeing 737-7BX. c/n 30744-989.


 

Ordered new by Midway Airlines Corporation

Rolled off Boeing production line at Renton in primer and with white tail - October 07, 2001

First flown as N1786B - October 15, 2001

Powered by CFM International CFM56-7B24 engines

Was never delivered to Midway Airlines as they had ceased operations - September 12, 2001

Stored at Boeing Field in primer and white tail as N369ML

Ferried Boeing Field - Victorville as N369ML for storage and observed as such - November 2001

Ferried Victorville - Boeing Field - June 09, 2002

Sold by Boeing to Bouillioun Aircraft Holding Company Inc - June 28, 2002

Accepted by Boullioun Aviation for lease to Virgin Blue - June 29, 2002

Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N369ML - July 02, 2002

Registered to Boullioun Aircraft Holding Co. Inc, Bellevue, WA

Ferried Boeing Field - Everett in primer - July 03, 2002

Observed at Everett in full Virgin Blue livery with winglets - August 14, 2002

Cancelled from the U. S. Aircraft Register - September 2002

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-VBQ - September 02, 2002

Registered to Boullioun Aircraft Holding Co. Inc, Bellevue, WA

Leased to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd as the registered operator

Departed Seattle on delivery flight to New Zealand - September 03, 2002

Arrived Christchurch from Kahului for pre-service maintenance - September 05, 2002

Ferried Christchurch - Brisbane as DJ9093 on delivery to Virgin Blue - September 13, 2002

Aircraft named 'LA Ble Femme'

Operated first revenue service Brisbane - Sydney as DJ208 - October 10, 2002

Registered to ACG Acquisition 30744 LLC, Newport Beach, California - August 03, 2005

Leased to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd as registered operator

Operated final revenue service Coolangatta - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as DJ746 - September 16, 2010

Withdrawn from service and prepared for return to lessor on termination of lease

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on ferry flight to the United States as DJ9080 - September 25, 2010

Arrived Seattle (Paine Field) at conclusion of ferry flight - September 25, 2010

Ferry route: Melbourne - Nadi - Honolulu - Seattle

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 28, 2010

Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N552WN - September 28, 2010

Registered to ACG Acquisition 30744 LLC c/- Aviation Capital Group, Newport, California

Leased to Southwest Airlines, Dallas, Texas as registered operator

Current with Southwest Airlines

 


 

 

VH-VBQ. Virgin Blue - in the full livery at Brisbane Airport, September 2002.