VH-VBT. Boeing 737-7BX. c/n 30740-776.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Midway Airlines Corporation - ?

Rolled off Boeing production line at Seattle - January 26, 2001

First flown as 'N1786B' - February 06, 2001

Powered by CFM International CFM56-7B24 engines

Reregistered as N1768B - February 2001

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N365ML - February 2001

Accepted by Midway Airlines at Seattle (Boeing Field) - February 21, 2001

Ferried Seattle (Boeing Field) - Raleigh Durham on delivery to Midway as JI9551 - February 21, 2001

Operated first revenue service Raleigh Durham - Palm Beach as JI332 - February 21, 2001

Sold to First Union Trust Company - March 19, 2001

Registered to First Union Trust Company, Wilmington, Delaware - April 20, 2001

Leased to Midway Airlines as the registered operator

Operated last revenue service - September 11, 2001

Midway Airlines ceased all operations - September 12, 2001

Observed stored at Goodyear, Arizona in the standard Midway livery - November 24, 2001

Midway resumed services - December 14, 2001

This aircraft was returned to service - December 19, 2001

Registered to Aircraft 30740 LLC, Stamford, Connecticut - January 23, 2002

Registered to General Electric Capital Aviation Services Ltd and leased to Midway Airlines

Midway Airlines ceased operations - July 17, 2002

Observed stored at Goodyear, Arizona in standard Midway livery - August 29, 2002

Ferried Goodyear - Marana - October 05, 2002

Ferried Marana - Tucson - October 22, 2002

Ferried Tucson - Gander - Lasham in the standard Midway livery as GCC740 - October 23, 2002

Departed Lasham on the ferry flight to Australia as GCC740 - January 21, 2003

Arrived Melbourne (Tullamarine) on completion of the ferry flight - January 23, 2003

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Christchurch in the standard Midway livery as - January 24, 2003

Repainted into the Virgin Blue livery at Christchurch in preparation for its lease to Virgin Blue

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - January 28, 2003

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-VBT - January 31, 2003

Leased to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd the registered operator

Ferried Christchurch - Brisbane on delivery to Virgin Blue as DJ9081 - March 16, 2003

The aircraft was named 'Launie Lass'

Operated first revenue service Brisbane - Adelaide (West Beach) as DJ950 - March 21, 2003

Registered to Ogygian Pty Ltd, Shannon / GE Commercial Aviation Services Ltd - August 02, 2005

Leased to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd as the registered operator

Operated final revenue service Adelaide (West Beach) - Brisbane as DJ765 - January 30, 2009

Ferried Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as DJ9070 - January 31, 2009

Observed stored at Melbourne (Tullamarine) in an all-white livery - March 20, 2009

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N737KA - March 31, 2009

Registered to NAS Investments 1 Inc, Stamford, Connecticut

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 31, 2009

Departed Melbourne (Tullamarine) on the ferry flight to the United States - April 07, 2009

Arrived San Ontonio, Texas on completion of the ferry flight - April 09, 2009

Ferry route: Melbourne - Pago Pago - Kona - San Antonio

Leased to Kaiser Air Inc - May 2009

Sub-leased to Miami Air International - May 15, 2009

Observed at Oakland, California with light blue stripes and hibiscus flower near door - June 16, 2009

Operates regular private charter flights Oakland - Kailua (Kona) as Kona Air Shuttle

Configured to seat 60 First Class passengers

Current with Kona Air Shuttle

 

N365ML. Midway - in the standard livery at Christchurch Airport, January 2003.

(Z. Rae Copyright Image 4621-511.)

VH-VBT. Virgin Blue - 'Launie Lass' in the standard livery at Coolangatta Airport, January 2004.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4621-230.)

N737KA. Kaiser Air - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, May 2009.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4622-094.)