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Virgin Australia Aircraft Types.

Embraer E170 - Withdrawn.

Virgin Australia - Withdrawn.

The Brazilian Built Embraer E170 entered service for Virgin Blue on 22 October 2007 when VH-ZHB operated DJ771 Brisbane - Cairns.

Six of the 78 seat E-jets joined the fleet in 2007 and 2008 becoming the smallest aircraft in the Virgin Blue fleet. They operated low demand services on existing routes as well as enabling the opening of new services such as Melbourne - Mildura.



Embraer E170 -

When John Borghetti became Chief Executive of Virgin Blue in 2010 he quickly signalled the end for the E170s citing their high seat per mile operating costs. The new plan called for delivery of ATR72 turboprops to replace the jets. On shorter sectors such as Sydney - Canberra and Melbourne - Mildura there will be no time penalty in using a turboprop aircraft.




In March and April 2011 the first three E170s were withdrawn from Virgin service with the final aircraft leaving the fleet on 14th January 2012. All six aircraft subsequently moved on to Compass Airlines USA.