VSMike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 317 posts, RR: 7 Posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3648 times:
FROM Britain, WITH LOVE
Taken from an internal press release:
Finally we have just closed the final chapter on a small piece of Virgin
Atlantic’s history with the sale of all of our remaining B747-200’s to
Transaero. All the aircraft will have gone to their new homes in Russia
by May this year.
The last remaining scheduled route served by a 742, MAN-MCO-MAN, will be replaced by G-VFAB, 747-400, as of May 1, 2005, complete with a full-J Suite cabin.
Jmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1296 posts, RR: 7 Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3331 times:
Which aircraft have they sold? I assume they are the remaining aircraft Virgin have sitting in the desert? The two 'active' Virgin 742s (G-VBEE and G-VSSS) are Air Atlanta owned, although as stated above will fly their last Virgin flights soon.
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 54 Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3204 times:
G-VFAB is planned to be re-configed before it enters service on the MAN-MCO route. It will also not be that a/c all the time on the route, it will be rotated with other a/c from the LGW fleet - so expect to see an increase in positioning flights between MAN and LGW.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
Airgeek12 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2966 times:
Well good for Virgin! It sounds like they know what they're doing and it should be a great move for them. It'll sure be sad to see the old birds go, though! At least now Virgin pax don't have to worry about getting stuck with the 1.6 inch IFE system (as pictured below) lol.
Jacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 61 Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2945 times:
good...couldnt' get rid of those 742's fast enough...flew it from ORD-LHR-ORD...worst flights I've ever had, though I can't recall what 747 version I flew from JFK-LHR route.....return though was on an A340.........liked it better..
VSMike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 317 posts, RR: 7 Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2726 times:
Looks like VS Nigeria is a go. Our management team have just returned from there making sales pitches to interested Nigerian investors (because the airline must be 51% Nigerian owned). It will still fall under the operational control of Virgin Atlantic directly, as I understand it.
No news on routes.
No news on employment.
The details are being handled from the UK Office.
Barring any governmental restrictions, I believe it is close to finalization.
VS045 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 192 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2522 times:
Sorrry I didn't make myself clear, I meant that they are leaving LHR(according to VSdriver), I don't go to the carribean, so I don't need to fly from LGW, only LHR. If the 744s go from LHR, I will have to fly J more often, as I loathe the A340 W.
ZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5131 posts, RR: 11 Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2513 times:
That clears things up!
Gotta love the VS livery, I remember when they took the 5 cancelled AZ aircraft and sent them to AKL prior to entering service, seeing 3 lined up together was a great sight expecially since they were as far from home as they could get!
VSFullThrottle From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 280 posts, RR: 4 Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2231 times:
Heard a rumour today that the deal with TransAero may have fell through.... Can anyone confirm this... I heard this from the same source who told me about the russian outfit being interested in the classics a couple of months ago, so it is a pretty reliable source.
Afay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 3 Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2067 times:
Transaero has nothing on their site that indicates acquiring 747s, one would think they would be trumpeting it all over the place if it were going to happen. A 40% import duty cannot help this situation...Transaero flies 767-200, 767-300, 737-300, and 737-400 aircraft from their base at DME.