Intheknow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3809 times:
Our (VS) new A346 is coming tomorrow. Its the first of the type to have the Upper Class Suite fitted and was named by HRH Queen Elizabeth II as "Queen Of The Skies". Dont know the ETA @ LHR but it will be afternoon. Then its scheduled to do the VS250 to PVG tomorrow night.
I'm on the delivery flight from TLS, not much time at the factory but I'm hoping to get on the A380 Mockup too (I am hoping to be on the A380 pre- launch team here at VS).
I only have a non-digital camera but will try to take and post some photos somewhere!
Intheknow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2808 times:
Just got in now......on BA to LGW . Flight crew + one cabin crew staying overnight to bring home tomorrow I believe, although having crawled all over the a/c today and listening to the engineers I'm not sure as there are still some issues!!!
Lovely looker and the suite looks well......sweet on the A346! The three abreast config somehow makes the cabin look wider. A Zone looks even longer than before now with 15 suites down each side and in the middle with no real bulkheads to break it up. Dont know how crew will like working on it, you cant cross over from aisle to aisle in A Zone at all so it makes for a long walk round! Also we have lost LAV 16 (on the right behind R1 door) as this space has become a wardrobe. The bar is narrower with only three seats and sits almost in the cross aisle between L/R2 but looks nice. I have some photos on the way, but have never put any on here so bear with me!
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 54 Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2167 times:
Managed to sneek a peek (or 2) today.
Personally didn't like the layout of the new suite with only 3 across.
Looks ok on the right hand side aisle where the seats face each other, but on the left hand side it looks really bad with a big long wall at waist height for much of the length of the cabin, until it changes sides nearer the front.
I think they could have come up with something a bit more aesthetically pleasing than that wall.
The bar unit was also V.small too compared to the other a/c - even the A343 bar has more stools !!!.
Personally I think this will get a big thumbs down from the passengers - not because of the seats which are great but because of the layout on that particular a/c type.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
AvianceGirlUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2138 times:
Well im pleased to say that i also visited G-VEIL today also. I wasnt too keen on the new upper class seating arrangement but apart from that, i think it looked Stunning.. I was very honoured to take a look on board an aircraft that hasnt been used by passengers as yet..
I hope she flies many miles in her years to come..
Intheknow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1967 times:
She is now called "Madam Butterfly". I took her to MIA last week and noticed the change back to what she always should have been. "Cloud nine" was a temporary name purely so Claudia Shifffer could change it to "Claudia Nine" when she named it. Hope this clears that up and makes sense.