Sunday, July 2, 2023

Virgin Australia Boeing B737-700 VH-NVW (ex PH-BGL) First Visit to Central Queensland at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport

On Sunday 2 July, Virgin Australia Boeing B737-7K2(WL) VH-NVW was noted making its first visit into Central Queensland, at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport, after it was acquired by the airline from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

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VH-NVW operated the VOZ1113/4 morning service from and back to Brisbane.

As mentioned, the B737-7K2(WL) was previously operated by KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) as PH-BGL with it wearing a temporary registration marking of 2-HBGL prior to it then being placed on the Australian Aircraft Register.

VH-NVW was delivered to Virgin Australia, arriving into Brisbane Airport on Friday 23 June from Singapore (Seletar) Airport as VOZ9948.  It appeared to enter service the following week on Thursday 29 June.

It’s also interesting to note that VH-NVW has been painted into the Virgin Australia livery and has been named 'Clifton Beach'.

This is the last of seven former KLM B737-700 aircraft that Virgin Australia has acquired and taken delivery of.  These aircraft are former 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.

Photos taken by David Rowcroft, Markus Eigenheer and Wally H  ©

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