VH-VBX. Boeing 737-705. c/n 29092-260.
This aircraft was ordered new by Babcock and Brown Aircraft Management - ?
Rolled off Boeing production line at Renton - April 01, 1999
First flown as LN-TUG - April 21, 1999
Powered by CFM International CFM56-7B24 engines
This aircraft was not fitted with winglets
Entered onto Norwegian Aircraft Register as LN-TUG - May 07, 1999
Registered to Braathens A.S.A.
Delivered to Braathens A.S.A. - May 07, 1999
The aircraft was named 'Ingerid Svensdatter'
Observed stored at Stavanger in the basic Braathens livery without titles - July 25, 2002
Returned to Babcock and Brown Aircraft Management - June 2003
Test flown at Stavenger in the standard Virgin Blue livery as LN-TUG - July 10, 2003
Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-VBX - July 23, 2003
Registered to Babcock and Brown Aircraft Management
Leased to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd as the registered operator
Ferried Christchurch - Brisbane on delivery to Virgin Blue as DJ9083 - August 22, 2003
The aircraft was named 'Sultry Sapphire'
Operated first revenue service Brisbane - Adelaide (West Beach) as DJ750 - September 05, 2003
Operated last revenue service Cairns - Brisbane as DJ847 - October 21, 2004
Returned to Babcock and Brown Aircraft Management - October 21, 2004
Ferried Brisbane - Christchurch for end-of-lease maintenance as DJ9072 - October 21, 2004
Observed at Christchurch in Chang An Airlines livery as 'VH-VBX' - November 28, 2004
Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - November 30, 2004
Leased to Hainan Airlines then sub-leased to Chang An Airlines - November 30, 2004
Entered onto Chinese Aircraft Register as B-5092 - November 30, 2004
Ferried Christchurch - Cairns en route to Guanzhou - Xian - December 01, 2004
Lucky Air became a Hainan Airlines subsidiary - November 09, 2007
Leased to Lucky Airlines as the registered operator - July 06, 2008
Operated final revenue service - ?
Ferried Moscow - Kemble on return to lessor - November 26, 2012
Observed at Kemble with engine and other airframe parts missing - April 04, 2013
Scrapped at Kemble - 2013
LN-TUG. Braathens - 'Ingerid Svensdatter' in the standard livery at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, January 2002.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4621-857.)
VH-VBX. Virgin Blue - 'Sultry Sapphire' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, August 2004.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-553.)
VH-VBX. Chang An Airlines - in the standard livery at Christchurch Airport, November 2004.
(Z. Rae Copyright Image 4621-620.)