Early on Monday 23 May, Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 jet VH-ZPJ was captured by Col operating into Gladstone Airport on the early morning VOZ1707/1710 service from and back to Brisbane.
It appears that the Embraer jets are definitely becoming a regular sight at Gladstone with the early morning VOZ1707/1710 rotation operated by one around 2-3 times each week. I have also noticed that some other Virgin services into Gladstone Airport during the day have also been operated by the larger E-190 jet.
Meanwhile, over the weekend, Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPH departed Brisbane for Nashville (Tennessee) via Apia (Tonga), Honolulu (Hawaii) and Van Nuys (California) for planned maintenance.
|VH-ZPH arrives at Rockhampton Airport some time ago (File photo)|
I am assured that VH-ZPH will in fact return to Australia following this maintenance and is not one of the five E-190s that are planned to be withdrawn from the Virgin Australia fleet. At this stage, E-190s VH-ZPD, VH-ZPE, VH-ZPF and VH-ZPG have gone while VH-ZPI is 'planned' to be the last E-190 to depart Australia.
Of interest, before VH-ZPH departed for overseas, it complete a scheduled service into CQ operating a return service into Mackay Airport as VOZ617/620 from and back to Brisbane.
Photos taken by Col and 'IAD' ©