Sunday, May 16, 2021

Recently Delivered Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-YQM (ex VH-YFN) First Visit to CQ and Spotted at Rockhampton Airport

On Sunday 16 May, Virgin Australia Boeing B738-800 VH-YQM was spotted at Rockhampton Airport, arriving as VOZ1235 from Brisbane. VH-YQM looked to be making its first visit to Central Queensland since it was (re-)delivered to Virgin Australia in mid-April.

The B737-800 was previously operated by Virgin Australia as VH-YFN and was one of five aircraft that were re-registered and ferried back to lessors in the USA in 2020. VH-YFN took up the registration marking 2-VYFN and ferried out of Australia in mid-September 2020.

On Monday 12 April, 2-VYFN arrived back in Australia from the USA and promptly took up the registration marking of VH-YQM.  It re-entered services with Virgin Australia only last week.

Of interest, it appears that VH-YQM is still named 'Ballina Beach'.

The second and third Boeing B737-800s have recently returned to Australia with VH-YQO (ex VH-YFQ / 2-VYFQ) and VH-YQR (ex VH-YFP / 2-VYFP) arriving back into Brisbane on Friday 23 April and Monday 3 May respectively. We hope to see it back in CQ soon.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Scott H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by Scott Harris  ©

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