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Virgin Atlantic's Classic's Go To Russia  
User currently offlineVirginCrew From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 422 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 8988 times:

News from Virgin Internal communications today:-

As of May 2005 all of the Virgin Classic Birds (including the three stored at Mojave Dessert) will be sold to Transaero - A Russian airline.

The last 747-200 flight with Virgin colours will be from MCO to MAN at the end of April and will be the VS076.

Then all five of the Virgin classics will be going to Russia. One is currently being repainted in the BA workshop at LGW.

It's good to know the classics will continue to fly and the three in storage in the dessert will be coming back into service !


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User currently offlineVScaptain From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 8809 times:

Does anybody know if it will be G-VBEE or G-VSSS operating the last VS classic flight?


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User currently offlineCarledwards From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 262 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 8810 times:

sounds good. does anyone have a list of the identities of al these aircraft to hand? (including their current status)


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User currently offlineJRowson From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 359 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8757 times:

G-VSSS is still at MAN, so that should be the last one to operate the classic flights.


James Rowson. Canonite and lover of all things L. JAR Photography.
User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8619 times:

Hello

G-VBEE is currently at LGW and has had the name/logo painted out and been re-registered as P4-TSO...that's what I've heard/read anyway.
G-VSSS will continue to operate VS75/76 MAN-MCO-MAN until the end of April when a 744 will take over.
The 3 Classics left in the desert are G-VIBE, G-VPUF and G-VZZZ.


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Does anybody have any idea what Transaero plan to use them for  Confused

Cheers



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User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7815 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8530 times:

The most recent figures that I have for these aircraft are 77,000 to 85,000 Hours.

Consequently, I suspect that they will not be operated for more than 8-10 years.

I think that cargo conversion is most likely.


User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2823 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8451 times:

G-VBEE is at LGW being painted now!

G-VSSS for the last one!

Chris



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User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8352 times:

My understanding is that these will be used for charter destinations such as Sharm El Sheik, Hurghada, Antalya, etc. Transaero makes no mention of these planes on their usually updated website, but has annouced "definite" leases from FLC of new Tu-214s. Is this the price they had to pay to import duty-free 747s? I still won't believe it entirely until I see the planes pics at DME. Anyone know if they will carry a RA registration of get registered in Bermuda or Vanatau?

User currently offlineA321fly From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8340 times:

I believe this is a sad day for Manchester and Virgin. They may well be glad to get rid of them but i dont think that is the case.

Were BEE and SSS not Air Atlanta aircraft for a short while?


User currently offlineDC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8252 times:

A321fly,

They still are Air Atlanta aircraft. They have a small Air Atlanta logo on the side of the fuselage if you look closely.

Does anyone know if they are being transferred out of the Air Atlanta fleet or if they will be on lease to Transaero?

Tim.



Obviously missing something....
User currently offlineA321fly From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8232 times:

ah i thought so.

Thanks for that.


User currently offlineDC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8216 times:

Edit: Tried to post a pic but wouldn't work. Check out No.763265.

Tim.

[Edited 2005-02-23 23:23:52]


Obviously missing something....
User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3008 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8175 times:

Quoting Afay1 (reply 7):
Anyone know if they will carry a RA registration of get registered in Bermuda or Vanatau?


Per reply #4, it sounds like they are being registered in Aruba (P4-).



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User currently offlineAccess-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1940 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6895 times:

Exactly what date in April will the last VS 742 fly from Orlando ??? Id love to be on it!!! As i have never flown on the 200 series 747...Can anyone tell me??

Cheers, Access-Air



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User currently offlineKL911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5304 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6866 times:

Is this the first Russian airline to operate a 747?


KL911


User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6716 times:

Quoting Afay1 (reply 7):
My understanding is that these will be used for charter destinations such as Sharm El Sheik, Hurghada, Antalya, etc


Would be great to see SSH and HRG getting more 747s. Currently Air Atlanta is the only regular 747 (-200 and -300) operator to HRG and SSH from LGW, though KU and SV 747s are common too.

When I was in Sharm El Sheikh a week ago there were 14 flights to Moscow on one day so I'm sure Transaero will be able to fill the jumbos on their Red Sea services.

Horus



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User currently offlineUnited905 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 6201 times:

Just looked on the virgin site for a price to take a final trip on one and to go in mid of april was 577gbp.couldnt find anthing on opodo.any ideas


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User currently offline7LBAC111 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 2566 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 6063 times:

Does anyone know if there are any of those modifed airliner livery pics that show what the 742s will look like in Transaero colours?


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User currently offlineCubedweller From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5322 times:

Does anyone know when they will start leaving Mojave? I would love to see them leave.

User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1155 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5221 times:

Aw! I think those lovely birds were the last 747 non-SUD I saw in Toronto and only briefly before the WTC attack resulted in Virgin cutting service to YYZ. When will I see another Classic???

User currently offlineSpike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1170 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5178 times:

What did SRB get for 5 747-200s off Transero?

User currently offlineCubedweller From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5019 times:

Quoting Spike (reply 20):
What did SRB get for 5 747-200s off Transero?


A firm handshake and a packet of prawn cocktail crisps  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineAngelAirways From United Kingdom, joined Nov 1999, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5001 times:

Quoting KL911 (reply 14):
Is this the first Russian airline to operate a 747?


No, I believe Volga Dnepr got some cargo versions less than a year ago to expand its "non-oversize" cargo ops.

But it is the first passenger 747 operator in Russia.

Another question: where could they fly them to? I know they operate to places like the Maldives and the Dominican Republic on their 767s, but I think the 747s will be doing mostly Far East as well as perhaps the USA... and with that high capacity and probably lower seat mile costs than Aeroflot maybe they could do some undercutting. I would also not be surprised to see them running on some of the heaviest Russian domestic routes.

Their site is www.transaero.ru/english for more info. Looks pretty decent.


User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4888 times:

Yeah their website is pretty good. Does anyone know what IFE is installed on these planes and whether it will stay? Will this be the first major Russian carrier to have PTVs? Do the SU 777 have PTVs? I know Vyborg does on the IL-114s, but anyway, this is more major....

User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10817 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4482 times:

Any news on this Transaero deal? When will the first be flown to Russia?

25 Bennett123 : Since reply 5, I have had more time to think about things. Given the major increase in capacity, I think that Transaero will use these planes on new r
26 SFO2SVO : > Will this be the first major Russian carrier to have PTVs? Do the SU 777 have PTVs? No, AFL's 777s do not have PTVs and in fact all Russian airlines
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