VH-ZPQ. Embraer 190-100IGW. c/n 19000412.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Virgin Blue - 2007

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ZPQ - December 24, 2010

Registered to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd, Spring Hill, Queensland

Rolled off the production line at Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil - January 2011

First flown as PT-TBK - January 17, 2011

Powered by General Electric GE CF34-10E5 engines

Accepted by Virgin Blue at Sao Jose dos Campos - February 07, 2011

Registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest National Association, Salt Lake City - February 07, 2011

Leased to Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd as the registered operator

The aircraft was configured with 104 seats

Departed Sao Jose dos Campos on the delivery flight to Australia as DJ9082 - February 09, 2011

Arrived Brisbane on completion of the delivery flight in an all-white livery - February 22, 2011

Delivery route: Sao Jose dos Campos - Curacao - Brownsville - San Jose - Lihue - Apia - Brisbane

The aircraft was extensively delayed at Curacao due to various mechanical failures

Rolled out at Brisbane in the Australian Football League (AFL) livery - March 02, 2011

Ferried Brisbane - Melbourne (Tullamarine) as DJ9060 - March 04, 2011

Operated first revenue service Melbourne - Adelaide (West Beach) as DJ211 - March 04, 2011

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

Operated last service Hobart - Melbourne (Tullamarine) in the AFL livery as DJ1337 - October 23, 2011

The AFL decals and titles were removed at Melbourne

Rolled out in the new corporate Virgin Australia livery at Melbourne (Tullamarine) - October 28, 2011

Operated first service in new Virgin Australia livery Melbourne (Tullamarine) - Hobart as DJ316 - October 29, 2011

The aircraft was now named 'Main Beach'

Current with Virgin Australia Airlines

 

VH-ZPQ. Virgin Blue - in the special 'AFL' livery at Brisbane Airport, May 28, 2011.

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