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User currently offlineVSMike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 318 posts, RR: 7
Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4070 times:

FROM Britain, WITH LOVE
Taken from an internal press release:

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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.

VSM


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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3989 times:

Ahhhh, G-VFAB. I flew that on 30 October 2004. Actually, there was a picture taken of my departure from LHR that day. My knee still remembers that flight  Smile


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User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3955 times:

Ah... sad to see the 742s go :-(

My first Virgin Atlantic flight was on a B747-200 EWR-LHR. The plane was in old old colors with the white cheat line.

But I guess it was time to move on.....

Well atleast we can see them again as Transero planes! Does anyone know if they plan to star Moscow-LAX again? And if the remaning 742s at Mojave will go to Transero?


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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7540 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3879 times:

Love that DL L1011/VS 742 pic ! Won't see that again,unless it's @ MHV !


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User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3867 times:

"Won't see that again, unless it's @ MHV!"

You'll never see it again, not even in the boneyard. All the VS 742s parked at MHV lately have been in the most recent colors.


User currently offlineBurberry753 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3869 times:

hi, love thos 742's!!! i flew "Calypso Queen" back in '99/2000 (MAN-MCO-MAN), the pilot told us that it had been leased from Cathay Pacific!! don't know when they reaturned her though.
regards


User currently offlineJmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1301 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3753 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.

User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1630 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3662 times:

I'f be suprised to see G-VFAB stay in MAN, she has a large J class config, and AFAIK is not being re-configged to 14J (G-VAST & G-VTOP are)

Perhaps VS are just going to launch the MAN-MCO 744 ops with one of their flagship planes with V:Port, before one of the lower J Config'd (i.e. LGW) fleet takes over, once the hype has calmed down?


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3626 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.

 Smile



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User currently offlineAerofan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3523 times:

Hi VSMIKE

Any update on what's transpiring with VSNigeria?


User currently offlineA340Driver From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 94 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3404 times:

The 744 fleet is planned to leave LHR over the next 5 years so I expect they will all end up in smaller LGW J configs. LHR is planned to be Airbus only by 2010.

User currently offlineAirgeek12 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3388 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.


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User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3367 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..


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User currently offlineIntheKnow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3223 times:

Airgeek12

Hi, the screen you show was "Gallery IFE" and it was retired in 2001. It was fitted to the JT9 powered a/c. The ex NZ 742s we are talking about actually have OdysseyIFE which is very good.

Cheers

ITK


User currently offlineVSMike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 318 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

Aerofan,

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.

VSM



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User currently offlineVScaptain From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3015 times:

I knew this day will come. So sad to see them leave the fleet!


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User currently offlineVS045 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 192 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2981 times:

Its a shame that the 744s are leaving, travelling W on a 744 is infinitely better than travelling W on an A340. Looks like I'll be having to travel in J even more now! What a shame Hahaha!

Cheers,
VS045

[Edited 2005-02-05 09:51:58]


4 engines 4 long haul
User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5359 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2952 times:

Its a shame that the 744s are leaving, travelling W on a 744 is infinitely better than travelling W on an A340. Looks like I'll be having to travel in J even more now! What a shame Hahaha!

What are you talking about? Those 744's are going nowhere anytime soon, they are between 3 and 11 years old, very young fleet!


User currently offlineVS045 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 192 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2944 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.

Cheers,
VS045



4 engines 4 long haul
User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5359 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2935 times:

That clears things up!  Smile

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!


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2755 times:

"At least now Virgin pax don't have to worry about getting stuck with the 1.6 inch IFE system (as pictured below) lol."

Unless you fly on one of the Arcadia equipped A343's !!!.

 Smile



"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
User currently offlineVSFullThrottle From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 280 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2653 times:

Hey guys

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.

VSFT


User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2489 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.

User currently offlineAirgeek12 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2478 times:

I agree; it is sad to see all those old birds go. But they have been long appritiated and it's time for VS to move on with their fleet.

User currently offlineDC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2482 times:

So does anyone know what will be happening to VBEE and VSSS? Will we still be seeing them at MAN in some other Air Atlanta guise or are they off to pastures new?

Tim.



Obviously missing something....
25 Titch : I've been reliably informed that G-VBEE was sat outside the BA maintenance hangars at LGW last night displaying its new Aruban reg (P4-TSO) after hav
26 Post contains images A340600 : Yes, I had to turn my head this morning, there she was. Got a better view this afternoon on way home. The Virgin titles have been removed from both t
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