|VH-ZPB at Gladstone Airport recently (File photo)|
VH-ZPB is now the seventh Virgin Australia E-190 that has been withdrawn from the fleet (for now) and be transferred to other operators or storage. VH-ZPD, VH-ZPG, VH-ZPF, VH-ZPE, VH-ZPJ and VH-ZPL have already left Australia. Of interest, the second-to-last E-190 to depart Australia was VH-ZPJ - see referring Blog post HERE - and has now recently ferried from Nashville to Pinal Park, Marana (Arizona).
VH-ZPB was originally delivered to Virgin Blue at the start of April in 2008 and took up the name 'Rio de Gold Coast'. After re-painting into the new Virgin Australia livery, it then wore the name ‘Bicheno Beach’.
|VH-ZPB in Virgin Blue livery at Rockhampton Airport (File photo)|
It's sad to see the E-190s disappearing - it was also reported in mid-June this year that Virgin Australia will eventually withdraw all remaining Embraer E-190 jets, as well as between four and six ATR 72 turboprops, on a cost-cutting program across all parts of the airline which will also include an unspecified number of job losses.
It was interesting to note that VH-ZPB's final visit(s) to CQ were on Thursday 17 November when it operated return flights from Brisbane into both Rockhampton (as VOZ1239/1240) and Mackay (as VOZ613/616).
Photo taken by Col ©