VH-VUL. Boeing 737-8FE. c/n 36603-2356.
Ordered new by Virgin Blue Pty Ltd
Powered by CFM International CFM56-7B26 engines
Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton 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
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 first revenue service Brisbane - Perth as DJ644 - September 07, 2007
Rolled out at Melbourne (Tullamarine) with large 'Avatar' decals on rear fuselage - April 29, 2010
Decals were applied to the aircraft to promote the 20th Century Fox movie 'Avatar'
Ferried Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as DJ9004 for promotional visit - April 29, 2010
Ferried Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Brisbane as DJ9003 for promotional visit - April 29, 2010
'Avatar' decals removed from the aircraft at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - June 13, 2010
Virgin Blue was renamed Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd - May 04, 2011
Operated last service in the Virgin Blue livery Brisbane - Townsville as VA381 - January 28, 2015
Repaited 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
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
Current with Virgin Australia Airlines
VH-VUL. Virgin Blue - 'Ballina-Rina Blue' in the standard livery with additional 'Avatar' decals at Adelaide Airport, May 15, 2010.
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VH-VUL. Virgin Blue - 'Ballina-Rina Blue' in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, February 23, 2011.
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VH-VUL. Virgin Blue - 'Ballina-Rina Blue' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, July 2011.
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VH-VUL. Virgin Blue - 'Ballina-Rina Blue' in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, November 24, 2013.
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VH-VUL. Virgin Blue - 'Ballina-Rina Blue' in the standard livery at Adelaide Airport, December 20, 2013.
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