CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4488 posts, RR: 5 Posted (14 years 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2758 times:
In recent posts about Virgin Atlantic and their aircraft it seems to me that certain birds tend to fly the same routes. I was wondering if anyone knew which aircraft tended to fly on which routes and why they did? I know that G-VCAT and G-VRUM are used for moslty Florida and Carribean routes due to the layout of their seating. But why would certain 747-400s or A340-300s which all have the same layouts be used on different routes?
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ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (14 years 10 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2465 times:
Virgin Atlantic operates three of its six 747-400's
on New York/JFK and Newark routes during the
summer travel season. The A340's are routinely
alternated between Tokyo/Hong Kong/Shanghai
routes and those to New York/JFK, Los Angeles,
The 742's that operate to ORD tend to be the
same (High as a Kite and Honey Pie). These
are relatively new 747-200's (in the sense that
Virgin acquired them from Air New Zealand and
Cathay Pacific in the last year).
Most of the 747-200's based at Gatwick often
fly the same routes to Orlando, Miami, Boston,
Newark, and the Caribbean. Virgin had one
747-100, Spirit of Sir Freddie, which was
scrapped in January 2000. This aircraft, the
only Virgin 747 with three windows, flew the
Gatwick-Boston and occasionally, the LHR-
Virgin's A320's and the new A321's fly the
Heathrow Athens frequencies and perhaps
do double duty with Virgin Sun.
Virgin Express has ordered 11 B737-700's
to complement its existing fleet of 737
series -300 and -400's.