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Virgin Blue Airlines VH-VUV DJ986 Brisbane - Sydney | 2011 Photos and Video

Wed Mar 03, 2021 11:02 pm

Trip Report : Brisbane - Sydney on Virgin Blue Airlines

Flight Details:
Airlines: Virgin Blue Airlines
Flight : DJ986 BNE - SYD
Reg : VH-VUV "Moulin Blue"
Aircraft: Boeing 737-7BK
Dep - SYD : 19:00 PM
Arr - BNE : 20:30 PM
Flight time : 1h 30m
Distance : 453 miles / 728 km

Video: Virgin Blue Airlines DJ986 Boeing 737-7BK Brisbane - Sydney


This report is the return trip in April 2011. Read the link: Virgin Blue: Sydney to Brisbane trip report

Arriving at Airport

After finishing work, I returned to airport by train around 5.30p.m. View of Domestic - Qantas and Virgin Terminal.

Qantas Domestic Terminal


Virgin Blue Terminal



I was carrying workbag and check-in staff looked at my carryon and handed me the boarding pass.


Check-in Area



Security queue was short within few minutes was in the departure area.



With time to spare, I headed to Hungry Jacks for meal before boarding.



After dinner, spotted the Australia's domestic fleet

Virgin Blue Airlines Embraer E170


Jetstar Airways A320


Qantas Boeing 767-300ER


Virgin Blue Boeing 737-700


Departure Area

Brisbane Domestic has common departure area for all airlines.



Virgin Blue Airlines

Virgin Blue Airlines DJ986 to Sydney


Boeing 737-7BK, registration: VH-VUV and named as "Moulin Blue"


Waiting for Boarding Call

Virgin crew arriving to operate the flight.


Passengers had gathered around the gate area before boarding call.


Aircraft ready to accept passenger. Boarding call was made. Boarding was through the aerobridge.



Boarding card was checked before allowed to proceed to aircraft. Queue had formed at the door as crew checked the boarding card and directing passengers.


Window view


Inflight Entertainment

Inflight entertainment on board was pay and use. Credit card had to be swiped to activate the IFE, which allowed 10 mins free view.


Pushback and Departure

Pushback commenced in few minutes after boarding. Crew demonstrated safety procedure manually and conducted pre-departure checks. Departure was from runway 01R.



After departure flew close to Gold Coast, heading South towards Sydney. Crew began service with Buy on Board. As I had early meal, skipped the service.


Flight path was inland.


Safety Card


Flight path




Flying inland over NSW.


Virgin Money credit card.




Arrival in Sydney

Short flight between Brisbane and Sydney. Captain informed crew that descend would commence soon to prepare cabin for landing.


Light were turned on. Approach towards Sydney was from South, landing on runway 34L. Watch arrival video above.



After landing and a short taxing arrived at the gate. Stairs were connected for disembarkation. Disembarked through the rear stairs


VH-VUV "Moulin Blue" preparing for another flight


Exiting Airport

After disembarking, headed towards the exit, with no bags to collect. I went to domestic train station to catch train home.

I hope you enjoyed the report.

Thanks for reading.


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Re: Virgin Blue Airlines VH-VUV DJ986 Brisbane - Sydney | 2011 Photos and Video

Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:33 am

I love these blasts from the past. I miss those old QF 76s, and Virgin Blue was so much fresher before it became VA.

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