Rex Airlines acquired six of Virgin Australia B737-800NG's oldest B737-800NG's during the restructure of Virgin Australia and the sale of assests during the pandemic of 2020 while Virgin Australia where almost on the brink of collapse while they were under administration. REX repainted the 17 year old ex Virgin Aircraft into the Rex fleet colours you will see below "OUR HEART IS IN THECOUNTRY Rex titles. Rex launched fares as low as $39.00 one way between these cities of Sydney and Melbourne first (the world's third busiest air corridor in the world. The first Rex flight between Melbourne to Sydney and Sydney to Melbourne was on VH-RQC. The First scheduled flight Rex 737-800NG Flight was to be VH-REX between SYD and MEL, however it was cancelled due to low loads, and so my booking on the second Rex service between these city pairs became the very first REX Sydney to Melbourne flight! Here are some photo's from Gate 49 rex party on what was to become a huge event of expansion during a pandemic, from what was a small country regional prop fleet to adding jets in their fleet real fast. The interiors are still Virgin Australia's old interiors with VA's old leather seats.
It was great to be a part of Australian Aviation history.
ZL33 departed from GATE49 T2 01 MAR 2021 first SYD-MEL flight at 10.00am with full media attendance.
Below is a Youtube link from One world Flyer. Enjoy the video
Each passenger was issued with welcome pack gift bags (which included a beautiful book a thermos flask bottle, a pen and baseball cap all marked with Rex. A certificate was placed on everybody's seats. Free Champagne all flight with free flight give-a-ways onboard. One of the flight attendants gave me three of these packs.
Starting of with the REX club lounge Sydney Domestic Airport (next to gate 49)