Boeing 737-7AU (BBJ)
A special visitor arrived into Adelaide this morning on their own private aircraft, what a great way to make an appearance! The Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) departed Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, China (XMN) on the 24 May 2018 and landed at Sydney International Airport (SYD) shortly thereafter. The flight used the call sign ‘VPBIZ’ for its journey. It departed Sydney Airport this morning at 0927hrs (09:27am AEST) and took off using Runway 34L.
The flight time from Sydney to Adelaide was only 1 hour and 39 minutes. With a slight drizzle around the aircraft landed at Adelaide Airport (ADL) using Runway 23 at 1036hrs (10:36am ACST) and taxied off the runway using ‘Foxtrot 4’ and made its way around to bay 101, opposite the Alliance hangar, around at General Aviation.
VP-BIZ, is registered in Bermuda and is owned by ACM Aviation Fleet and was operated under Deerjet (Hong Kong) Business Jet Management. The Boeing 737-700 was built in 2006, which makes the airframe 12 years old. It was built by the Boeing Company at Everett, Washington and was assigned line number 1825.
It was first registered in 2006 to the Boeing Company and was first assigned a test registration of N5002K, this test registration didn’t last long, only three months, when it was sold to Aircraft Guaranty Corporation as N746BA. It was then re-registered as VT-SRS pending collection by Air Saharah, an Indian based charter company, but the deal fell through and they didn’t take to airframe, since May 2008 it has been registered as VP-BIZ, and has remained with the current operator since then.
This was the first time that we have seen this aircraft in Adelaide, with the Boeing Business Jets being a rare sight in Adelaide.
The aircraft is scheduled to depart Adelaide Airport (ADL) later this evening at 2310hrs (11:10pm ACST) and will make the 8 hours 47 minute journey to Fuzhou Changle International Airport in China (FOC), making an arrival in China at 0627hrs (6:27am CST) the following day.
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© Aussie Weekend Traveller (Bradley Hogg) 2018