VH-NBV operated its first ever commercial service for the airline as VOZ609 from Brisbane.
Sadly, VH-NBV looked to suffer some technical problems and it remained on the ground at Mackay Airport.
UPDATE! On Tuesday 1 November, VH-NBV departed Mackay Airport and returned to Brisbane as the delayed VOZ612. It later completed another return run to Mackay airport and back to Brisbane as VOZ605/8 and later still was heading back to Mackay Airport again as VOZ611 but turned back to Brisbane North of Rockhampton with a technical problem.
As mentioned, the B737-7K2(WL) was previously operated by KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) as PH-BGR with it wearing a temporary registration marking of OE-IBZ prior to it then being placed on the Australian Aircraft Register.
VH-NBV is pictured below at Brisbane Airport on Thursday 13 October following its delivery from Singapore (Seletar) Airport as VOZ9948.
It’s also interesting to note that VH-NBV has been given the name of ‘Christies Beach’.
As mentioned below, Virgin Australia will take delivery of seven former KLM B737-700 aircraft.
It is reported these aircraft are PH-BGR, PH-BGW, PH-BGU, PH-BGX, PH-BGK, PH-BGL and PH-BGT.
All these aircraft will reportedly operate with an all-economy 138-seat layout.
The second B737-700 aircraft due for delivery is VH-NBP (ex PH-BGW) and is currently also at Singapore receiving pre-service maintenance.
Photos taken by Lachie Fuge, Ton Smilde and Daniel Benefield ©