Virgin Group’s new V Australia, the long haul airline of Virgin Blue, took delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER.
The airplane, delivered by Boeing to International Lease Finance Corp. and leased to V Australia, is one of seven leased and purchased 777-300ERs V Australia will deploy on trans-Pacific and other routes.
The 6th February, Boeing Field ceremony included Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group Chief Executive Brett Godfrey, ILFC Chairman and CEO Steven F. Udvar-Hazy and senior Boeing officials.
V Australia will launch Sydney-Los Angeles non-stop service on Feb. 27, building to daily flights by March 20; and Brisbane-Los Angeles flights begin April 8, after more deliveries of the ordered planes are effected.
V Australia’s 777-3GZ(ER) construction number 35302, is powered the GE90-115B, is registered VH-VOZ, and will carry 361 passengers in business, premium economy and economy classes, with advanced in-flight entertainment options.
Boeing is especially pleased, for VH-VOZ is the first 777 sold to an Australian carrier.
VH-VOZ will land in Australia on February 9th.