Not long out of the paint shop in her new scheme is the Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBK (c/n 36604).
This was rolled out by Boeing on 02-06-2008, was registered as VH-VUP on the 10th, first flew on the 12th and was handed over to VBNC9 Pty Ltd (Virgin Blue Australia) on the 27th. It was named (after a naming auction) as "Holly Hunter". If ferried into Melbourne on 29-06-2008.
On 29-07-2008 its Australian registration was cancelled and it was re-registered as ZK-PBK on the 31st to Pacific Blue Airlines (NZ) Ltd of Christchurch.
Its first ZK revenue flight was its delivery from Melbourne to Christchurch on 09-08-2008. It was re-named "Maiden New Zealand".
It was re-registered to Virgin Australia Airlines (NZ) Ltd of Christchurch on 08-12-2011.
It now carries the "Lighthouse Beach" name.
The photographs above and below were taken today by Bargeldo1.
The pic below was taken at Christchurch on 17-06-2009 by Dave Paull.
The Lockheed LC130H 76-3301 (c/n 382-4725) in the background is a 1977 vintage with a story to tell - but not here.
On the other side of the field today - Peter Anderson popped in for the night in his Dyn'Aero MCR 4S ZK-PSA c/n 104.