VH-VGE. Boeing 737-43Q. c/n 28493-2838.


 

Ordered new by Boullioun Aviation Services

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton - November 1996

First flown as B-18676 - December 06, 1996

Powered by CFMI CFM-56-3C1 engines

Accepted by Boullioun Aviation Services at Renton - December 19, 1996

Entered onto the Taiwanese Aircraft Register as B-18676 - ?

Registered to Boullioun Aviation Services

Leased to China Airlines of Taiwan as the registered operator

Returned to Boullioun Aviation Services on termination of the lease - December 10, 1998

Entered onto the Irish Aircraft Register as EI-TVB - December 10, 1998

Registered to Boullioun Aviation Services

Leased to Virgin Express Ireland as the registered operator

In service with Virgin Express Ireland - December 1998

Operated last Virgin Express Ireland service Brussels - Milan (Linate) - Brussels - January 26, 2001

Ferried Brussels - Dublin for maintenance - January 27, 2001

Ferried Dublin - East Midland for repainting in preparation for next lease - February 11, 2001

Cancelled from the Irish Aircraft Register - February 15, 2001

Leased to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd

Observed at East Midlands in the standard Virgin Blue Australia livery as VH-VGE - February 15, 2001

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-VGE - February 16, 2001

Registered to Boullioun Aviation Services

Leased to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd as the registered operator

Departed East Midlands as VH-VGE on the ferry flight to Australia - February 16, 2001

Arrived Brisbane at the conclusion of the ferry flight - February 19, 2001

Ferry route: East Midlands - Izmir - Muscat - Bangalore - Kuala Lumpur (Subang) - Broome - Brisbane

Operated the inaugural Virgin Blue Brisbane - Canberra service as DJ560 - July 12, 2001

Operated final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Brisbane as DJ253 - February 10, 2003

Departed Brisbane as DJ9081 on return to the lessor - February 16, 2003

Arrived Belgium at the conclusion of the ferry flight - February 18, 2003

Ferry route: Brisbane - Darwin - Kuala Lumpur (Subang) - Bangalore - Muscat - Cairo - Brussels

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - February 20, 2003

Entered onto the Belgian Aircraft Register as OO-VES - February 20, 2003

Registered to Boullioun Aviation Services

Leased to Virgin Express Airways, Belgium as the registered operator

In service with Virgin Express Brussels - Milan (Linate) - Brussels - March 04, 2003

Virgin Express and SN Brussels Airlines merged to form Brussels Airlines - March 25, 2007

Seen Lisbon in the new Brussels Airlines livery as OO-VES - May 18, 2007

Operated final revenue service Brussels - Malaga - Brussels as SN3737 / 3738 - August 17, 2012

Ferried Brussels - Southend as BEL9901 on return to lessor and end-of-lease maintenance - August 20, 2012

Ferried Brussels - Miami for freighter conversion - November 10, 2012

Stored at Miami awaiting conversion to freighter configuration

Cancelled from the Belgian Aircraft Register - November 2012

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N493AC - November 20, 2012

Registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest NA Trustee, Salt Lake City

Ferried Miami - Oklahoma City - Moses Lake for storage following freighter conversion - April 27, 2013

Aircraft now designated a Boeing 737-43QSF

Ferried Moses Lake - Everett (Paine Field) - July 14, 2013

Observed at Everett (Paine Field) in the standard Ethopian Airlines Cargo livery - August 13, 2013

Test flown at Everett (Paine Field) as N493AC - August 29, 2013

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - September 04, 2013

Entered onto the Ethiopian Aircraft Register as ET-AQV - September 04, 2013

Departed Everett (Paine Field) as ETH9201 on the ferry flight to Italy - September 06, 2013

Arrived Rome (Fiumicino) at the conclusion of the ferry flight - September 10, 2013

Ferry route: Everett - Winnipeg - Goose Bay - Keflavik - Rome

Aircraft was damaged beyond repair whilst landing at Accra Airport - January 10, 2015

Was operated service Lome - Accra as KP4016

On landing the aircraft veered to the right departing the runway and spun 180 degrees

Landing gear, nose section and right wing all sustained subtantial damage

The starboard engine was torn off the wing and ended up in front of the aircraft

The three crew members were uninjured but the aircraft was considered to be a write-off

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VH-VGE. Virgin Blue - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, September 2001.

VH-VGE. Virgin Blue - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, September 2002.

VH-VGE. Virgin Blue - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, October 2002.
 

 

OO-VES. Virgin Express - in the Virgin Blue livery at Geneva Airport, July 2003.