Virgin Blue was created in 2000 and started domestic operations on the Qantas dominated Australian market. The young and ambitious airline started flights with a fleet of 2 B737-400 serving the Brisbane-Sydney route. As the years passed, B737-700s and -800s were added, as well as destinations throughout Australia. However a smaller type was deem necessary to serve smaller markets and so, on November 2006 Virgin Blue placed an order with the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer for 6 ERJ-170 and 11 ERJ-190.
The first of the ERJ-170, VH-ZHA, was delivered on the 31st of August 2007 and another 2 were delivered until the end of the year. Not only this meant new aircrafts, but they also carried the new Virgin logo on their tails, which brought the Virgin Blue brand into line with other Virgin brands around the world, such as Virgin Atlantic.
|VH-ZHA ERJ-170LR Virgin Blue|
|VH-ZHB ERJ-170LR Virgin Blue|
|VH-ZHC ERJ-170LR Virgin Blue|
After limited operations with the 3 aircrafts, full-scale operations started on 8 of February of the following year, serving destinations from Sydney as Canberra, Mackay, Port Macquarie and Albury. That year saw the delivery of the remaining 3 aircraft:
|VH-ZHD ERJ-170LR Virgin Blue|
|VH-ZHE ERJ-170LR Virgin Blue|
|VH-ZHF ERJ-170LR Virgin Blue|
2011 was the year where all changed for both, the ERJ-170 and Virgin Blue. A new CEO was appointed and on February a re-brand was announced. Virgin Blue would become Virgin Australia and although that meant a new colour scheme, none of the ERJ-170s were painted on the new colours, as they were phased out. All of them went to Compass Airlines (US) with the last one delivered on February 2012, marking the (short) carrier of the ERJ-170 in Virgin Blue / Virgin Australia.