Most readers of the CQ Plane Spotting Blog may wonder why a whole post would be devoted to Virgin Australia Boeing B737-700 VH-VBY visiting Rockhampton Airport late on Sunday 28 April.
Just as I saw VH-VBY pop up on an online radar website inbound to Rockhampton, I had also just read that this lovely aircraft was soon to be retired from the Virgin Australia fleet later this week.
VH-VBY was photographed by 'IAD' as it visited Rockhampton Airport operating as VOZ1245/1248 Brisbane-Rockhampton-Brisbane.
VH-VBY was originally delivered to Virgin Australia (Virgin Blue) in late July 2005, and wore a distinctive 'blue' livery with special '50th aircraft' titles to signify its place in the Virgin fleet.
|VH-VBY at Rockhampton Airport in 2011 (File photo taken by Don Williams ©)|
With Virgin Blue renaming to Virgin Australia in mid-2001, VH-VBY became the first - and only - B737-700 to be repainted into the new Virgin livery in early 2012.
Information suggests that VH-VBY is due to depart Australia for good this Thursday 2 May.
Thanks to Rockhampton plane spotter 'IAD' for the fantastic images!
Photos taken by 'IAD' ©