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VS A346 LHR BOM LHR During Nov?  
User currently offline767ER From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1092 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

Anyone know why VS are sending their A346s to BOM for the month of November?. I thought there were issues with the taxiways and air bridges.

However its back to the A343 after December when they go daily.

How are the loads?

I am stoked about the A346 as I am flying BOM LHR in Nov in UCS!

Aircraft flown:F27,Viscount. EMB120, SAAB340, ATR70, 737-200.737-300,DC8, DC10,747-100,747-200,747-300,747-400, A320, A3
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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2607 times:

Just speculation, but it could be because the A343's are having the suite fitted, and they might be increasing the rate they are being done once the summer season ends, but this is purely a guess.


"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
User currently offlinePomnath From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 2507 times:

No issues with taxiways and bridges, especially during their mid-day turn-around, that can not be solved, at BOM. VS tend to substitue equipment on India runs, blessing us with the hand-me-downs like the Virgin Nigeria "green engine" A-340-300 and previously with the Air Atlanta B-747s.

I guess they will have to standardise soon, and with newer planes.

User currently onlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1637 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 4 hours ago) and read 2477 times:

Quoting Pomnath (Reply 2):
VS tend to substitue equipment on India runs, blessing us with the hand-me-downs like the Virgin Nigeria "green engine" A-340-300

BOM gets the A340-600 through November - the most modern plane in the VS fleet!

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31713 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months ago) and read 2440 times:

Quoting Pomnath (Reply 2):
No issues with taxiways and bridges

The Issue would be Wing tip Clearence.The Adjacent Two bays would need to be vacated.Since its Afternoons it would be fine.

Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlinePOmnath From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

Most modern plane in the VS fleet no doubt, but too little too late. Sandwiched between almost simultaneous departures by Air India, Jet Airways and British Airways departures from BOM to LHR, the Virgin ex-BOM product will need to do much better than hype and a consolation prize of a 340-600.

What Virgin needs in India is a total makeover and a promise of consistency, and more importantly an attitude change. I have a colleague whose VS DEL-LHR flight was cancelled because of low loads into and from Delhi a few months ago, and the after-cancellation service he got can be quoted here, if required, as an example in how an airline can start quoting fine print even if it goes againt the EU regulations.

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