VH-VUL. Boeing 737-8FE. c/n 36603-2356.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Virgin Blue Pty Ltd - ?

Powered by CFM International CFM56-7B26 engines

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle (Boeing Field) with winglets - July 30, 2007

First flown as 'N1782B' - August 07, 2007

Entered on the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-VUL - August 14, 2007

Registered to VBNC9 Pty Ltd, Spring Hill, Queensland

Leased to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd, Brisbane as the registered operator

Accepted by Virgin Blue at Seattle (Boeing Field) - August 24, 2007

Departed Seattle on the delivery flight to New Zealand - August 24, 2007

Arrived Christchurch on completion of the delivery flight - August 26, 2007

Delivery route: Seattle (Boeing Field) - Lihue - Nadi - Christchurch

The aircraft was named 'Ballina-Rina Blue'

Fitted with 'Live2Air' entertainment system during pre-service maintenance at Christchurch

Ferried Christchurch - Brisbane on delivery to Virgin Blue - September 03, 2007

Operated its first revenue service Brisbane - Perth as DJ644 - September 07, 2007

Rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) with large 'Avatar' decals on the rear fuselage - April 29, 2010

The decals were applied to the aircraft to promote the 20th Century Fox movie 'Avatar'

Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) for a promotional visit as DJ9004 - April 29, 2010

Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Brisbane for a promotional visit as DJ9003 - April 29, 2010

The 'Avatar' decals were removed from the aircraft at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - June 13, 2010

Virgin Blue was renamed Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd - May 04, 2011

Operated its last service in the Virgin Blue livery Brisbane - Townsville as VA381 - January 28, 2015

Repainted at Townsville by Flying Colours into the standard Virgin Australia livery

This was the last Virgin Blue aircraft to be repainted

The 11-day process required 1,200 man-hours involving 18 painters and 260 litres of paint to complete

The aircraft was renamed 'Ocean Grove'

Ferried Townsville - Brisbane (Capt B. Rosewell) as VOZ9938 - February 09, 2015

Returned to service Brisbane - Mackay - Brisbane as VOZ605 / VOZ608 - February 10, 2015

Registered to JPA No. 125 Co. Ltd, Tokyo, Japan - November 21, 2018

Leased to Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd as the registered operator

Current with Virgin Australia Airlines

 

 

VH-VUL. Virgin Blue - 'Ballina-Rina Blue' in the standard livery with additional 'Avatar' decals at Adelaide West Beach Airport, May 15, 2010.

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VH-VUL. Virgin Blue - 'Ballina-Rina Blue' in the standard livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, February 23, 2011.

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VH-VUL. Virgin Blue - 'Ballina-Rina Blue' in the standard livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, November 24, 2013.

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VH-VUL. Virgin Blue - 'Ballina-Rina Blue' in the standard livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, December 20, 2013.

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VH-VUL. Virgin Australia - 'Ocean Grove' in the standard livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, May 08, 2020.

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