VH-ZHD. Embraer 170-100LR. c/n 17000227.


This was the first of three additional aircraft ordered new by Virgin Blue - February 20, 2007

Rolled off the production line at Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil - May 2008

First flown as PT-SFD in the Virgin Blue livery - May 2008

Powered by General Electric GE CF34-8E5 engines

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ZHD - June 03, 2008

Registered to VBNC9 Pty Ltd, Spring Hill, Queensland

Leased to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd as the registered operator

Accepted by Virgin Blue at Sao Jose dos Campos - June 15, 2008

Departed Sao Jose dos Csmpos on the delivery flight to Australia - June 15, 2008

Arrived Brisbane on completion of the delivery flight - June 21, 2008

Delivery route: Sao Jose dos Campos - Manaus - Curacao - Brownsville - Boeing Field - Anchorage

Petropavlosk Kamchatsky - Osaka - Saipan - Cairns - Brisbane

Aircraft named 'Cherry-Belle Blue'

Operated its first revenue service Brisbane - Canberra as DJ1228 - July 13, 2008

Advertised for sale by Jetscape with 4,366 hours and 4,475 cycles - July 22, 2010

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

Operated its final revenue service Canberra - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as DJ288 - August 28, 2011

Departed Melbourne on the ferry flight to United States in the Virgin Blue livery - September 02, 2011

Arrived Grand Rapids on completion of the ferry flight - September 07, 2011

Ferry route: Melbourne - Cairns - Saipan - Osaka (Kansai) - Petropavlosk - Anchorage - Grand Rapids

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 12, 2011

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N749CZ - September 12, 2011

Registered to Bank of Utah Trustee, Salt Lake City

Leased to Delta Airlines - September 13, 2011

Sub-leased to Compass Airline, Minneapolis, U.S.A. as the registered operator

Compass Airlines operates aircraft for Delta Airlines in the Delta Airlines Connection livery

Current with Delta Connection


VH-ZHD. Virgin Blue - 'Cherry-Belle Blue' in the standard livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, March 05, 2011.

(R. Brown Copyright Image 0190-078.)

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

(T. Haynes Copyright Image 0190-102.)