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 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 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.)