On Wednesday 20 August, four days after it re-entered service, Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-VUA called in to Mackay Airport in its new white colour scheme.
|Recently re-painted B737-800 VH-VUN at Mackay Airport (File photo)
VH-VUA has been noted now carrying the name "Vesteys Beach".
VH-VUA was fondly remember as wearing several variations of its original red Virgin Blue livery. It was originally named "Virginia Blue" but was re-named "Bondi Babe" and then adorned with the flag of the South Sydney 'Rabbitohs' NRL team with titles 'Proudly Flying The Flag' in July 2007.
In October 2009, it operated a special charter flight from Melbourne to Perth with the band 'The Black Eyed Peas' and 140 invited guests, fully fitted out with karaoke equipment. The aircraft cruised at FL410 (41,000 feet) and established a new Guinness Book of Records for the 'highest karaoke gig'.
VH-VOL has now entered the maintenance hangar for re-painting in Townsville.
Virgin Embraer E-190 VH-ZPK remains overseas also being re-painted. UPDATE! On Saturday 23 August, VH-ZPK was noted to begin its journey home to Australia.