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LHR Spotters- G-VEIL Arrives Tomorrow (10th)  
User currently offlineIntheknow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4065 times:

Hi

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!

Rgds

ITK

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User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1619 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4006 times:

Great news!

have a fab time in Toulouse!


User currently offlineLHR340 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 877 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3868 times:

Saw the tail sticking out of the hangar whilst I was at Toulouse (5th) and wondered when it was due for delivery, thanks Big grin.

LHR340



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User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3787 times:

Nice one ITK!  Big thumbs up Enjoy the flight. I'm at work tomorrow so will post ETD/ETA etc. for anyone interested.

Cheers



Biggidy biggidy bong
User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3575 times:

G-VEIL TLS-LHR delayed until Tue 11th now. ETD to be advised....

Cheers



Biggidy biggidy bong
User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3303 times:

Change of plan again....

ETD from TLS now 2000 local today (10th) ETA LHR 2030 local. First service planned for VS250 LHR-PVG (Shanghai) 11th May.

Cheers



Biggidy biggidy bong
User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1619 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3233 times:

That should have given Intheknow enough time to have a good look at the A380 mock up!

User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

Change of plan again....now delayed ETD TLS 0900 11th ETA LHR 0930. That should give InTheKnow a chance to see most of Toulouse as well!  Smile

Cheers



Biggidy biggidy bong
User currently offlineIntheknow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3064 times:

Just got in now......on BA to LGW  Sad . 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!

ITK


User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1619 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2952 times:

Thanks for the update.

Shame to hear that you couldn't fly home on this bird, but it seems like you had a good day nonetheless!

what were the issues delaying the flight - and did you see the A380 mock up??  Smile


User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2782 times:

On its way at last. Due into LHR around 1530 local. Planned for VS9 LHR-JFK tomorrow 12th May.

Richard
It was various certification issues that held up the departure....these things never go 'as planned'!



Biggidy biggidy bong
User currently offlineIntheknow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

Hi Richard

No, didn't get over to A380 (boo bloody hoo!) as we were actually at the Sogerma hangar where the suites were fitted and not at Airbus itself. Still there is always G-VSSH to be picked up!!!

Cheers

ITK


User currently offlineIntheknow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2598 times:

Hi All,

Here is the link to two pictures of G-VEIL in the Sogerma hangar in TLS yesterday! http://ison.mysite.freeserve.com

Interior ones to come hopefully!

Rgds

ITK








User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1619 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

Thanks for the pics Intheknow!

really looking forward to seeing the Upper Class Suite pics... please!!

Cheers

Rich  Smile


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2423 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.

 Smile




"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
User currently offlineAvianceGirlUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2394 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..
Welcome G-VEIL...


User currently offlineWingtip From Australia, joined Sep 2000, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2329 times:

ITK

Sorry, a bit off topic but VS related:

Can you help clear something up for me; is G-VSHY named Cloud Nine or Madam Butterfly?

Thanks
WT


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 84
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2310 times:

Claudia Nine.

filler.

N


User currently offlineIntheknow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2223 times:

Wingtip/Gigneil

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.

ITK


User currently offlineWingtip From Australia, joined Sep 2000, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

ITK

thanks very much for clearing that up.

WT


User currently offlineIntheknow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

Dearest All!

Interior photos of G-VEIL Upper Class Suite now uploaded!

http://vsveil.mysite.freeserve.com/

Cheers

ITK


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