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Last Virgin A/c In Old Colours.....  
User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11
Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3307 times:

The last Virgin Atlantic a/c in the old euro-white colours, A340-300 G-VFLY, is due to fly from LHR to Bristol Filton today (16 April) to be repainted in the new scheme. G-VFAR was returned to service this week having been repainted in AMS.

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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3191 times:

Filton, thats unusual, what about AMS ?? thats where they are normally done, or is something else happening to this one ???.

I'm back in in 12 hours, what times it going ??

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User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

Leezyjet

ETD is 1000L. I think it's just a normal re-paint but I don't know why it's not being done in AMS. G-VSKY was done in Filton before it went to BWIA.

Cheers



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User currently offlineIntheknow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2926 times:

Hello you two!

Do you know when G-VIEL is arriving?

Ta

ITK


User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

Hi InTheKnow

G-VEIL is currently planned to arrive 10th May after fitting of the Suite in TLS.

Cheers



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User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2875 times:

Is G-VFLY one of the aircrafts that will leave the fleet? I don't think so, why would they repaint it otherwise...

It's the only VS A343 I still have to spot.

Frederic


User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2794 times:

Frederic

No more 343's are planned to leave the fleet for the foreseeable future...they're all needed for the current flying programme and future expansion.

Cheers



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User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2774 times:

Thanks Airchabum...

Frederic


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2738 times:

Shame, G-VFAR looked very smart in her old colours and same with G-VFLY. 'Bout bloody time though, the first aircraft with the scheme started appearing in 2000 Wow!. Four years to paint hardly the biggest fleet.

Sam Laugh out loud



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User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2643 times:

The new livery was first seen in 1999 if I am not mistaken. I remember flying VS then and hoping to fly on a newly painted plane

User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3701 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2644 times:
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KLM has other work in their paint bay.

Four years to paint hardly the biggest fleet.

A) You carry out re-paints when they are due so you are not throwing money away. Just look at BA's world tails.

B) The original plan was for these two a/c to leave the fleet some time ago


User currently offlineThrawn From British Virgin Islands, joined Mar 2002, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2482 times:

It might have taken 4 years for the fleet to be painted, but after 9/11 a lot of airlines were lucky to survive. So it was a cost saving measure to help the airline in a troubled period.
Also for a period of time some of the 343's were due to leave the fleet so they weren't required to be painted.
The paint also on the aircraft is not cheap either due to its metallic finish and also needs to be applied in a different way to normal......



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