VH-VOI. Boeing 737-81Q. c/n 30786-1138.

 

Ordered new by Tombo Aviation Incorporated

Powered by CFM International CFM56-7B26 engines

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton without winglets - April 30, 2002

The intended lease to Miami Air as N734MA was not taken up

First flown as VH-VOI - May 08, 2002

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-VOI - May 10, 2002

Registered to Tombo Aviation Incorporated

Leased to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd as the registered operator

Accepted by Virgin Blue at Seattle (Boeing Field) - May 28, 2002

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the ferry flight to New Zealand - May 29, 2002

Arrived Christchurch on completion of the ferry flight - June 01, 2002

Ferry route: Seattle - Lihue - Pago Pago - Christchurch

Aircraft was fitted with winglets during the pre-service maintenance

Ferried Christchurch - Brisbane on delivery to Virgin Blue as DJ9073 - June 18, 2002

Aircraft was named 'Blue Bambino'

Operated first revenue service - June 2002

Painted in special 'Gillette M3 Power' markings and rolled at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - February 26, 2005

Operated final revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as DJ888 - May 15, 2006

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Christchurch on termination of the lease - May 15, 2006

Seen at Christchurch in the standard China Southern livery as 'B-5156' - June 17, 2006

Departed Christchurch on the ferry flight to the United States - June 18, 2006

Arrived Dallas (Fort Worth) for galley modifications - June 19, 2006

Ferry route: Christchurch - Apia - Honolulu - Denver - Dallas

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 20, 2006

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N786TA - June 20, 2006

Registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest

Departed San Antonio, Texas on the ferry flight to China as CNS126 - July 18, 2006

Arrived Beijing on completion of the ferry flight - July 20, 2006

Ferry route: San Antonio - Los Angeles - Honolulu - Majuro - Guam - Beijing

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - July 20, 2006

Entered onto the Chinese Aircraft Register as B-5156 - July 20, 2006

Registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest

Leased to China Southern Airlines as the registered operator

Current with China Southern

 

VH-VOI. Virgin Blue - 'Blue Bambino' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, August 2002.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 4620-177.)

VH-VOI. Virgin Blue - 'Blue Bambino' in the special 'Gillette' livery at Brisbane Airport, April 2005.

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VH-VOI. Virgin Blue - 'Blue Bambino' in the special 'Gillette' livery at Adelaide Airport, June 26, 2005.

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VH-VOI. Virgin Blue - 'Blue Bambino' in the special 'Gillette' livery at Adelaide Airport, November 17, 2005.

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VH-VOI. China Southern - in the standard livery at Christchurch Airport, June 2006.

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VH-VOI. China Southern - in the standard livery at Christchurch Airport, June 2006.

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