Airchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11 Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3342 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.
A340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2773 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 . Four years to paint hardly the biggest fleet.
Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
Thrawn From British Virgin Islands, joined Mar 2002, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2517 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......