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VS11 LHR-BOS Feb.5 - What Aircraft?  
User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3252 times:

Apologies if this is the wrong forum for this question - I'm sure it'll get moved if it is!

I'm flying on VS11 LHR-BOS on February 5th and was wondering if anyone out there can tell me what aircraft will be used on that flight. Amadeus shows a 343 until January 26th and a 346 from March 9th, but 'EQV' for the period in between (when Feb. 5th obviously falls).

It'll (hopefully) be my first trip on an A340 and am keen to know if I can look forward to a 346.

Any information would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
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User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3241 times:

shows ops by a Airbus 340-300, hope that helps.


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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8114 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3233 times:

London / Boston is a hardcore A340-300 route. It'll be the last to lose the -300 in the Virgin system. Still a very nice and capable aircraft, have a great flight.


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User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3195 times:

I hate to say this but, you will actually have to wait to the day of departure to know for sure what type and series a/c will be on the run. It could say 346 now and turn out to be the 343 on day of departure. When I booked VS last year I booked with getting the res having 346-346 on the EWR-LHR-EWR round trip. I ended up with 346-343. So you really never know until you get to the airport.


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User currently offlineVS11 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3183 times:

VS11 is not a hardcore 343 but chances are that this time of the year it will be an Airbus so you may get 346 unless it is some kind of a school holiday in the UK with many kids travelling, in which case you may get 747 - but honestly anything is possible.

Regards,
VS11


User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3175 times:

Actually, I think VS, in order to better compete with BA and AA on the route, prefer to use aircraft with the Suites (also to provide product consistancy on the route). Since switching to the Airbus for the winter, I think they try to fly the 346 on days when they can, and 343 on days they can't (as, not all 343s have the UCS, right?). It's a mix and I don't think there's any real system. Although I do remember looking in the res system and it showed the 346 three days out of the week, the 343 the other four. I'd say that chances are your flight will be on a 343, but you never know. Try checking-in online if you can. At least that way you'll know before you get to the airport.

LH423



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User currently offlineSevenheavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1156 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3155 times:

VS011 5 Feb is actually currently planned to be ops by an A346. The route has been operated by an A343 for a few months now although it is certainly not a "hardcore A343 route". The route has historically been operated almost excusively by B742/744 and only switched to A340 very recently. It will certainly not be the last to lose A343 service and as more A346 are delivered they will be deployed on the BOS route.

Regards,

SevenHeavy



So long 701, it was nice knowing you.
User currently offlineBurberry753 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3131 times:

Hi,
Try www.baa.co.uk then click on Heathrow then Flight info.

Regards


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3098 times:

Hmmm...conflicting information all around then! BAA is showing the flight is ALWAYS a 343, Amadeus says it's a 346 after March 9th, plus varying opinions from the responses above (thanks for replying though - much appreciated). I guess I'll just have to wait and see what I get on the day - it'll be a pleasant surprise!

Cheers.

Andy.



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User currently offlineSevenheavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1156 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3079 times:

Trust me the flight is definately an A346:

>S 0011 ORIG-05FEB/LHR/1430. TERM-05FEB BOS
BRD CLS CAP AUT BKD JS NRP GRP NRS DATE ARIV--DEPT EQP FLF
LHR J 45 45 6 05FEB ORIG- 1430.36S
W 28 28 5 -S61A-
Y 233 249 137 3 16
TOTAL BKD - 148

My info is straight from VS - can't speak for everyone else but judging by some responses I doubt it!

Regards,

SevenHeavy



So long 701, it was nice knowing you.
User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3000 times:

Trust me the flight is definately an A346

That's great news - thanks mate. Not quite sure what it is in there that tells you it's an A346, but I trust you to know what you're talking about!

Thanks again.

Andy.



Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2989 times:

Not quite sure what it is in there that tells you it's an A346, but I trust you to know what you're talking about!

S 0011 ORIG-05FEB/LHR/1430. TERM-05FEB BOS
BRD CLS CAP AUT BKD JS NRP GRP NRS DATE ARIV--DEPT EQP FLF
LHR J 45 45 6 05FEB ORIG- 1430.36S
W 28 28 5 -S61A-
Y 233 249 137 3 16
TOTAL BKD - 148


I put in bold what would tell you. Also the capacity totals. The numbers following the letters J, W, and Y. Those are the capacity numbers and what revenue management has certified the plane to be sold to (taking in no-shows and cancellations).

LH423



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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2980 times:

Thanks for clarifying that. I did wonder if it was the "36S", but as far as I knew that could have meant anything. Now you've pointed it out I can see how all the numbers fit together too - currently 6 sold in J, 5 in W and 137 in Y. Well...I've certainly learned something today!


Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offlineSevenheavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1156 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2956 times:


Sorry the text condensed for some reason and I could not change it. The equipment used to say 346 but changed to 34s to denote that the UCS is fitted, even though they now all have the suite anyway.

The figures should have looked more like this and show a/c capacity, authorised selling figure and current booked load.

BRD CAP AUT BKD DATE ARIV-DEPT EQP
LHR J 45 45 6 05FEB 1430 34S
W 28 28 5
Y 233 249 137
TOTAL BKD 148

Additionally it looks like this temporary change to an 346 is to allow G-VSSH, our next A346 which is due for delivery in late Jan to operate on a shorter route for its first few sectors before they send it further afield. This is just to bed the aircraft in so it has more ground time to iron out any issues.

Regards,

Sevenheavy



So long 701, it was nice knowing you.
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