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Virgin Australia News & Information December 2011.

26th December 2011 - Christmas Positioning Flights.

The following positioning flights occurred today:

Airbus A330-200 VH-XFA DJ9061 Melbourne - Sydney

Boeing 737-800 VH-VUL DJ9062 Brisbane - Sydney.

26th December 2011 - VH-VBM Departs.

Boeing 737-7FE VH-VBM departed Australia today as DJ9081 Brisbane - Subang where it will be prepared for service with Aerolines Argentinas.

25th December 2011 - Melbourne Weather Cancellations.

The following flights were cancelled due to severe weather in Melbourne today:

DJ755 Melbourne - Coolangatta

DJ761 Melbourne - Coolangatta

DJ883 Melbourne - Sydney.

25th December 2011 - Christmas Positioning Flights.

The following positioning flights occurred today:

Boeing 737-800 VH-VUI DJ9061 Adelaide - Brisbane

Embraer E190 VH-ZPQ DJ9070 Melbourne - Sydney.

24th December 2011 - Hobart Weather Diversions.

Due to weather at Hobart Boeing 737-8FE VH-VYD operating DJ1328 Melbourne - Hobart and Boeing 737-8KG VH-VUW operating DJ1534 Sydney - Hobart both diverted to Launceston. As a result their return flights were cancelled and VH-VYD positioned Launceston - Melbourne as DJ9060 and VH-VUW positioned Launceston - Sydney as DJ9062.

24th December 2011 - Christmas Positioning Flight.

Boeing 737-800 VH-VUU positioned Sydney - Melbourne as DJ9064 today.

24th December 2011 - VH-YID Adelaide Diversion.

Boeing 737-8FE VH-YID operating DJ4152 Denpasar - Melbourne diverted via Adelaide this morning due to a medical emergency.

23rd December 2011 - VH-YFK Enters Service.

Boeing 737-8FE VH-YFK entered service today operating DJ904 Brisbane - Sydney.

23rd December 2011 - VH-VBZ Back with Business Class.

Boeing 737-7FE VH-VBZ positioned Christchurch - Melbourne this evening still in red livery but now in 6J/128Y configuration.

23rd December 2011 - DJ165/164 Return to Pacific Blue Operation.

The DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne rotation returned to Pacific Blue operation today with Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBI working the flights.

22nd December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJH Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJH operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

21st December 2011 - VH-YIE on Delivery.

Boeing 737-8FE VH-YIE departed Boeing Field today on delivery to Virgin Australia as DJ9080. Routing is Honolulu - Lihue - Nadi - Brisbane.

21st December 2011 - VH-VBY Back with Business Class.

Boeing 737-7FE VH-VBY positioned Christchurch - Melbourne this evening still in blue livery but now in 6J/128Y configuration.

21st December 2011 - VH-VOQ Reported Back in New Livery.

Boeing 737-8FE VH-VOQ is reported back from Christchurch maintenance in Virgin Australia livery with 8J/168Y seating.

21st December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJA Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJA operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

20th December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJH Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJH operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

19th December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJH Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJH operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

19th December 2011 - ZK-PBI Australia Domestics.

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBI operated the DJ209/DJ212 Melbourne - Adelaide and DJ839/DJ844 Melbourne - Sydney rotations today.

18th December 2011 - VH-VBZ to Christchurch Maintenance.

Boeing 737-7FE VH-VBZ positioned Melbourne - Christchurch this evening where it joins sister VH-VBY.

18th December 2011 - ZK-PBI Australia Domestics.

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBI operated the DJ829/DJ836 Melbourne - Sydney, DJ227/DJ224 Melbourne - Adelaide and DJ877/DJ892 Melbourne - Sydney rotations today.

18th December 2011 - Two Air New Zealand A320s operate for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand Airbus A320 ZK-OJB operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne rotation today with sister ZK-OJN taking over for the DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotation.

17th December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJD Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJD operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

16th December 2011 - Out of The Blue?

Boeing 737-7FE VH-VBY positioned Melbourne - Christchurch late tonight. The aircraft is expected to be the first 737-700 to be fitted with Business Class seats and may lose its unique blue livery in favour of Virgin Australia white.

16th December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJD Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJD operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

16th December 2011 - ZK-PBI Australia Domestics.

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBI operated the DJ833/DJ836 Melbourne - Sydney, DJ227/DJ224 Melbourne - Adelaide and DJ881/DJ892 Melbourne - Sydney rotations today.

























































































8th December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJG Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJG operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

8th December 2011 - ZK-PBM Domestics.

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBM operated the DJ833/DJ836 Melbourne - Sydney, DJ227/DJ224 Melbourne - Adelaide and DJ888/DJ892 Melbourne - Sydney rotations today.

7th December 2011 - VH-VUF in New Livery.

Boeing 737-8FE VH-VUF re-entered service today as DJ803 Melbourne - Sydney wearing Virgin Australia livery and in 8J/168Y configuration.

7th December 2011 - Two Air New Zealand A320s operate for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand Airbus A320 ZK-OJF operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne rotation today with sister ZK-OJH taking over for the DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotation.

7th December 2011 - ZK-PBM Domestics.

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBM operated the DJ839/DJ844 Melbourne - Sydney and DJ231/DJ236 Melbourne - Adelaide rotations today.

6th December 2011 - Perth Cancellations.

Storms over Western Australia caused heavy delays on many services and the cancellation of the following flights:

DJ556 Perth - Sydney

DJ5126 Albany - Perth (SkyWest Airlines service).

6th December 2011 - Polynesian Blue to get Virgin Re-brand.

Polynesian Blue is to be re-branded as Virgin Samoa with its aircraft to be repainted in a livery expected to be based on the Virgin Australia livery but with the addition of a palm tree logo on the fuselage and a tattoo based design on the engine nacelles.








Virgin Samoa livery.

6th December 2011 - ZK-PBM Domestics.

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBM operated the DJ209/DJ212 Melbourne - Adelaide and DJ839/DJ844 Melbourne - Sydney rotations today.

6th December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJD Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJD operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

5th December 2011 - Sydney Airport Masterplan.

A new masterplan for Sydney Airport was today unveiled. All Virgin Australia International and Domestic operations and those of Virgin Australia’s partner airlines would move into the current International terminal.







5th December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJH Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJH operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

5th December 2011 - ZK-PBM Domestics.

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBM operated the DJ209/DJ212 Melbourne - Adelaide rotation today.

4th December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJM Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJM operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

4th December 2011 - ZK-PBM Domestics.

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBM operated the DJ829/DJ836 Melbourne - Sydney, DJ227/DJ224 Melbourne - Adelaide and DJ887/DJ892 Melbourne - Sydney rotations today.

3rd December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJE Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJE operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

2nd December 2011 - VH-YVD Enters Service.

Boeing 737-8FE VH-YVD entered service today operating DJ702 Brisbane - Hobart.

2nd December 2011 - ZK-PBM Domestics.

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBM operated the DJ833/DJ838 Melbourne - Sydney, DJ231/DJ236 Melbourne - Adelaide and DJ889/DJ896 Melbourne - Sydney rotations today.

2nd December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJA Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJA operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

2nd December 2011 - ATR72 VH-FVM Arrives.

VH-FVM. the fourth ATR72 to be operated by SkyWest Airlines on behalf of Virgin Australia arrived on delivery in Perth today.

1st December 2011 - VH-YID on Delivery.

Boeing 737-8FE VH-YID departed Boeing Field on delivery today as DJ9080. Unusually the initial destination was Honolulu rather than Lihue.

1st December 2011 - Singapore Airlines tie-up Approved.

The Virgin Australia virtual network got stronger today with approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer’s Commission’s approval for Virgin Australia’s alliance with Singapore Airlines. The approval gives  the carriers to cooperate on pricing, scheduling, marketing and sales on Australia-Singapore services and international and domestic connecting services. Thus Singapore Airlines get access to Virgin Australia’s domestic network and Virgin Australia can codeshare on Singapore Airlines’ services within Asia.

1st December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJM Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJM operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today. Unlike on previous occasions the flights used Pacific Blue callsigns throughout.

1st December 2011 - ZK-PBM Domestics.

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBM operated the DJ833/DJ838 Melbourne - Sydney, DJ231/DJ236 Melbourne - Adelaide and DJ885/DJ896 Melbourne - Sydney rotations today.

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15th December 2011 - VH-VUA Back in Traffic with Business Class.

Boeing 737-8FE VH-VUM re-entered traffic today as DJ247 Melbourne - Adelaide newly configured in 8J/168Y configuration.

15th December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJD Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJD operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

15th December 2011 - ZK-PBI Australia Domestics.

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBI operated the DJ833/DJ836 Melbourne - Sydney, DJ227/DJ224 Melbourne - Adelaide and DJ881/DJ892 Melbourne - Sydney rotations today.

15th December 2011 - Wi-Fi Entertainment on the Way.

Virgin Australia today announced a partnership with Lufthansa Systems to provide in flight entertainment systems to be viewed by wi-fi enabled laptops or hand-held devices. The system, known as BroadConnect, will be progressively fitted to the fleet from mid-2012.

14th December 2011 - Five More ATR72s for SkyWest.

It was today announced that a further five ATR72-600 aircraft have been ordered by Singapore based leasing company Aviation PLC for SkyWest Airlines. The aircraft will be operated on behalf of Virgin Australia in Virgin Australia livery and will be delivered in 2013-2014. As well as the five firm orders options were taken on a further eight aircraft.

14th December 2011 - Sydney - Darwin to Launch to Connect with SilkAir Darwin - Singapore Service.

Virgin Australia today announced the launch of services from Sydney to Darwin commencing on 2 April 2012. This will follow the launch of SilkAir services from Singapore to Darwin on 26 March 2012. This is the first route announcement following the Virgin Australia/Singapore Airlines tie up that was recently approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The two carriers are expected to codeshare on each others services and reciprocal frequent flyer and lounge access rights will be arranged. Virgin Australia will open a new lounge at Darwin in time for the new service.

Timings for the new service have yet to be announced.

14th December 2011 - VH-VOZ VA8 Honolulu Diversion.

Boeing 777-3GZER VH-VOZ operating VA8 Los Angeles - Brisbane diverted via Honolulu when one of the cabin crew became ill. The flight was able to continue reaching Brisbane around two and a half hours late.

14th December 2011 - ZK-PBI Australia Domestics.

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBI operated the DJ839/DJ844 Melbourne - Sydney and DJ231/DJ236 Melbourne - Adelaide rotations today.

13th December 2011 - VH-YID Enters Service.

Boeing 737-8FE VH-YID entered service today operating DJ4169 Brisbane - Honiara.

13th December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJI Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJI operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

13th December 2011 - Pacific Blue Domestic 737 Swap.

Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBM returned to trans-Tasman duties today operating DJ60 Melbourne - Auckland. It as replaced on Australian Domestic services by sister ZK-PBI which operated the DJ209/DJ212 Melbourne - Adelaide and DJ839/DJ844 Melbourne - Sydney rotations.

12th December 2011 - VH-YIE First Flight.

Boeing 737-8FE VH-YIE made its first flight today from Renton - Boeing Field as BOE832. The aircraft is already fully painted.

12th December 2011 - VH-YFK on Delivery.

Boeing 737-8FE VH-YFK left Boeing Field on delivery as DJ9080 today routing Boeing Field -Lihue - Nadi - Brisbane.

12th December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJB Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJB operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

12th December 2011 - ZK-PBM Domestics.

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBM continues to operate Australian domestic sectors and today operated the DJ209/DJ212 Melbourne - Adelaide and DJ839/DJ844 Melbourne - Sydney rotation.

12th December 2011 - VH-VUE Back in Traffic with Business Class.

Boeing 737-8FE VH-VUE re-entered traffic today as DJ725 Melbourne - Coolangatta newly configured in 8J/168Y configuration.

11th December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJI Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJI operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

11th December 2011 - ZK-PBM Domestics.

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBM operated the DJ829/DJ836 Melbourne - Sydney, DJ227/DJ224 Melbourne - Adelaide and DJ877/DJ892 Melbourne - Sydney rotations today.

10th December 2011 - VH-VUM Back in Traffic with Business Class.

Boeing 737-8BK VH-VUM re-entered traffic today as DJ725 Melbourne - Coolangatta newly configured in 8J/168Y configuration.

10th December 2011 - Two Air New Zealand A320s operate for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand Airbus A320 ZK-OJM operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne rotation today with sister ZK-OJN taking over for the DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotation.

9th December 2011 - ZK-PBM Domestics.

Pacific Blue Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBM operated the DJ833/DJ836 Melbourne - Sydney rotation.


9th December 2011 - Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJM Operates for Pacific Blue.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OJM operated the DJ165/DJ164 Auckland - Melbourne and DJ79/DJ78 Auckland - Coolangatta rotations today.

8th December 2011 - Coolangatta Weather Disruptions.

Storms around Coolangatta caused heavy delays this morning and the following cancellations:


DJ726 Coolangatta - Melbourne

DJ506 Coolangatta - Sydney

DJ509 Sydney - Coolangatta

DJ535 Sydney - Coolangatta

DJ540 Coolangatta - Sydney.