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User currently offlinePlaneMad From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 533 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2344 times:

What are VS going to do with their oldest A343's in the future (G-VFLY, G-VBUS etc)?

Sam D.  Smile

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User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2301 times:

I know that G-VBUS went to Virgin Nigeria recently. G-VFLY went to the French Air Force. It looks as though a lot of the early 340-300's are leased and Virgin will probably ride those out until they are needed to be returned. I would say that Virgin's aircraft that are older and not exactly needed with the mainline fleet will go within the Virgin Co. to airlines like Virgin Nigeria.

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User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

Not quite correct, G-VFLY is still in service with VS, as is G-VBUS.

G-VBUS is currently painted in Virgin Nigeria colours, but is still owned by VS, and operates on a wet lease for Virgin Nigeria, and still does VS ops.

The only A343 to have left the fleet so far is G-VSKY - which went to BWIA a while ago.

User currently offlineJetstreamer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

The oldest A343s (G-VBUS, G-VAEL, G-VFLY & G-VSUN) are all destined to leave the fleet by December 2006.

The other five A343s are being fitted with the Upper Class Suite and will be around for the forseeable future.

Hope this helps.

User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 10827 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2028 times:

Thought G-VHOL, G-VSEA, G-VGOA, G-VATL were owned by Airbus not VS.

Isnt G-VSKY (now 9Y-JIL) stilled owned by VS ?

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User currently offlinePomnath From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 21 hours ago) and read 1956 times:

G-VBUS is more often than not found on the LHR-DEL route. It is a particularly shabby aircraft, and he green engines do not match the rest of the aircraft either. Oh well.

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