Saturday, February 14, 2015

Virgin Australia re-Registering New Zealand-Based B737-800s - And VH-VOO Calls into Mackay Airport!

After almost 10 years of Pacific Blue - and now Virgin Australia - aircraft on the New Zealand register, in what has been reported as part of the ongoing cost cutting measures, Virgin Australia New Zealand is being integrated back into Virgin Australia International.  This is seeing the 10 New Zealand registered Boeing B737-800s returning the Australian register, taking up their former registrations most of these aircraft flew as when previously in service in Australia.

ZK-PBA is now VH-VOO

The first B737-800 re-registered was ZK-PBA which has taken up the Australian registration of VH-VOO.  On Friday 13 February, just over a week after it re-entered service in Australia, VH-VOO made its first visit back into Central Queensland, calling into Mackay Airport on a scheduled service from and back to Brisbane as VOZ613/614.

At the time of writing, one other B737-800 has re-entered the Australian register with ZK-PBM taking up its former marking of VH-VUO.

More aircraft are expected back in Australia over the coming weeks.

UPDATE!  And earlier today on Saturday 14 February, re-registered ZK-PBB was noted re-entering service with Virgin in Australia as VH-VOP, while ZK-PBJ was withdrawn from service in New Zealand and has been reported to be taking up its former registration of VH-VUB.

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