VH-ZHA. Embraer 170-100LR. c/n 17000180.

Was also registered as: N746CZ.


This was the first of three aircraft ordered new by Virgin Blue - November 02, 2006

Rolled off the production line at Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil - August 2007

First flown as PT-SMX - August 2007

Powered by General Electric GE CF34-8E5 engines

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ZHA - August 21, 2007

Registered to VBNC9 Pty Ltd, Spring Hill, Queensland

Leased to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd as the registered operator

Ferried Sao Jose dos Campos - Manaus - Curacao - Brownsville - Seattle (Boeing Field) - September 04 - 05, 2007

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to Australia - September 09, 2007

It arrived at Brisbane on completion of the delivery flight - September 11, 2007

Delivery route: Seattle - Anchorage - Petropavlovsk - Sendai - Guam - Cairns - Brisbane

The aircraft was named 'Belle-issimo Blue'

Operated its first revenue service Brisbane - Cairns as DJ771 - October 23, 2007

Advertised for sale by Jetscape.aero configured with 78 economy class seats - July 22, 2010

The aircraft was noted as having flown 6,025 hours with 6,064 cycles when advertised for sale

Operated its final revenue service Canberra - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as DJ288 - March 10, 2011

Placed in open storage at Melbourne (Tullamarine)

Departed Melbourne on the ferry flight to the United States in the 'Virgin Blue' livery as DJ9093 - May 11, 2011

It arrived at Great Falls on completion of the ferry flight - May 14, 2011

Ferry route: Melbourne - Cairns - Saipan - Osaka (Kansai) - Petropavlosk Kamchatsky - Anchorage - Great Falls

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 16, 2011

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N746CZ - May 18, 2011

Registered to Bank of Utah Trustee, Salt Lake City, Utah

Leased to Delta Airlines and sub-leased to Compass Airlines, Minneapolis as the registered operator

Compass Airlines operates the aircraft in the Delta Airlines Connection livery

It was observed at Minneapolis operating for Compass Airlines - June 05, 2011

Current with Compass Airlines



VH-ZHA. Virgin Blue - 'Belle-issimo Blue' in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, September 15, 2007.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0190-044.)

VH-ZHA. Virgin Blue - 'Belle-issimo Blue' in the standard livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, October 02, 2007.

(R. Brown Copyright Image 0190-049.)

VH-ZHA. Virgin Blue - 'Belle-issimo Blue' in the standard livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, date unknown.

(T. Haynes Copyright Image 0190-100.)