VH-NBV. Boeing 737-7K2. c/n 39446-3728.

Was also registered as: PH-BGR; OE-IBZ.



This aircraft was ordered new by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines - ?

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Renton - September 2011

Powered by CFM International CFM56-7B22 engines

First flown Seattle (Renton) - Seattle (Boeing Field) as ? - August 10, 2011

Entered on the Dutch Aircraft Register as PH-BGR - August ?, 2011

Registered to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V., Amsterdam

Accepted by KLM at Seattle (Boeing Field) - August 25, 2011

Departed Seattle (Boeing Field) on the delivery flight to The Netherlands - August 25, 2011

It arrived at Amsterdam (Schiphol) on completion of the delivery flight - August 26, 2011

The aircraft was named 'Zwarte Wouw' (Black Kite)

Operated its first revenue service ? - August ?, 2011

The aircraft was withdrawn from KLM service and stored at Amsterdam (Schiphol) - June 26, 2021

Cancelled from the Dutch Aircraft Register - August 24, 2021

Entered onto the Austrian Aircraft Register as OE-IBZ - August 24, 2021

Registered to Avolon Aircraft Leasing, Dublin, Ireland

The aircraft was ferried to Kaunes (Lithuania) for storage - August 24, 2021

Test flown Kaunes (Lithuania) - August 19, 2022

Leasaed to Virgin Australia Airlines, Australia - September 02, 2022

Departed Kaunes on the ferry flight to Singapore (Seletar) - September 02, 2022

It arrived at Singapore (Seletar) on completion of the ferry flight - September 03, 2022

Ferry route: Kaunes - Muscat - Singapore

The aircraft was then prepared for the lease to Virgin Australia Airlines including the repaint

Cancelled from the Austrian Aircraft Register - September 12, 2022

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-NBV - September 12, 2022

Registered to CIT Aerospace LLC, New York, U.S.A.

Leased to Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd, Brisbane as the registered operator

The aircraft was named 'Christies Beach'

Ferried Singapore (Seletar) - Brisbane as VA9948 - October 13, 2022

Operated its first revenue service Brisbane - Mackay as VA601 - October 31, 2022

Current with Virgin Australia Airlines



VH-NBV. Virgin Australia - 'Christies Beach' in the standard livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, November 24, 2022.

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VH-NBV. Virgin Australia - 'Christies Beach' in the standard livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, November 25, 2022.

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VH-NBV. Virgin Australia - 'Christies Beach' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, October 05, 2023.

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