VH-NQI operated the VOZ1239/40 service from and back to Brisbane.
As mentioned, the B737-7K2(WL) was previously operated by KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) as PH-BGX with it wearing a temporary registration marking of 2-HBGX prior to it then being placed on the Australian Aircraft Register.
VH-NQI was delivered to Virgin Australia, arriving into Brisbane Airport on Wednesday 29 March from Singapore (Seletar) Airport as VOZ9948. It entered service on Tuesday 4 April and soon found its way over to Western Australia where it operated out of Perth for some time.
It’s also interesting to note that VH-NQI has been painted into the Virgin Australia livery and has been named 'Noosa Heads 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 sixth B737-700 aircraft due for delivery is 2-HBGK (to become VH-NQY) (ex PH-BGK) and is currently also at Singapore receiving pre-service maintenance. It is reportedly also in full Virgin Australia livery and titles and also wears the name 'Wategos Beach'.
Photos taken by Tony Haynes, Adam Trefon and Wally H ©