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Has G-VFLY Left The VS Fleet?  
User currently offlineOHLBU From Finland, joined Jan 2005, 226 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 4004 times:

Is G-VFLY "Dragon Lady", the A343 that Virgin sold to Finnair (though I'm not 100% sure about the airframe) still current with VS? Any news about the date of ferry-flight to Helsinki? Or if it will be refurbished/repainted in the UK? The cabin mods will surely take a few weeks and Finnair's Maintenance has it's hands full with the MD-11 modifications.

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User currently offlineBA0284 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 299 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3878 times:

Well at the moment G-VFLY definitely has not left the airline yet. In fact it went out to Cape Town on the 15th as VIR603! I don't know whether this is the actual aircraft going to Finnair. I think G-VBUS and G-VSKY are the only ones which have left VS, going to Virgin Nigeria and BWIA respectively.

Hope this helps!
BA0284  Smile


User currently offlineSevenheavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 3779 times:

G-VFLY is scheduled to leave the VS fleet late June/Early July. AFAIK it will retain the Arcadia IFE system and the basic seating will be the same.

As per another post G-VSUN has also now gone to VK, leaving G-VAEL the only aircraft with arcadia left in the fleet from July.

Regards



So long 701, it was nice knowing you.
User currently offlineAngelAirways From United Kingdom, joined Nov 1999, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 3733 times:

VFLY is in the fleet until the 26th May 2006, after which it officially gets returned to "Laura Leasing" but in reality will go to Finnair.

Meanwhile, and this is the weirdest of things, TAAG Angola were interested in VAEL (interest expressed only).

VAEL is one of the worst examples in the fleet as it has the really old and unreliable IFE and interior. Same as the BWIA one that is now 9Y-JIL and regularly flies without IFE because there are no resources to repair it... and all the reds on the interior have gone into a pinky fade.. nasty.


User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1603 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 3638 times:

Quoting AngelAirways (Reply 3):
VAEL is one of the worst examples in the fleet as it has the really old and unreliable IFE and interior.

VAEL has exactly the same config as the other A343's leaving the fleet (VSUN, and VFLY) and those already left (VSKY and VBUS) (i.e. same seats, and IFE).

Quoting AngelAirways (Reply 3):
Same as the BWIA one that is now 9Y-JIL and regularly flies without IFE because there are no resources to repair it..

It has the Arcadia IFE, all seemed to be working fine with no flaking paint when I last flew her.


User currently offlineTimboflier215 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1322 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 3620 times:

when will VAEL leave the fleet? im sure VS are looking to get rid of it, one a/c that is sub-standard could be an earnings loser if people have high expectation which are not met

User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1603 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3567 times:

Quoting Timboflier215 (Reply 5):
when will VAEL leave the fleet? im sure VS are looking to get rid of it, one a/c that is sub-standard could be an earnings loser if people have high expectation which are not met

As I understand it is scheduled to leave before the end of the year - exact date/new owner TBC


User currently offlineOHLBU From Finland, joined Jan 2005, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3520 times:

Quoting AngelAirways (Reply 3):
it officially gets returned to "Laura Leasing"

Sounds logical, as Finnair officially intended to make a lease-back deal with the aircraft anyway.

Quoting AngelAirways (Reply 3):
VAEL is one of the worst examples in the fleet

Funny that Finnair didn't get that one, as they seem to love buying rubbish from other airlines, like the ex-Varig OH-LGG.


User currently offlineCrosscountry From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 3445 times:

I flew on VAEL last month.
She was a bit tired looking (as I have also said about VSUN in another post) The tray table on my seat was jammed and the IFE locked up for a good hour but the ride was good and I actually managed to get some sleep.
Wouldn't be suprised to see these birds go. They let the side down a bit for VS.
Incidentally, the A340-300 did not seem the best aircraft I've ever been on for getting the meal service out.
Having flown on every type in the VS fleet, the meal service was definitely slower on the A340 and on the outbound leg they actually ran out of meals, complaining about galley space.
The poor woman infront of me had to put up with a few rounds of butties for the long haul to CPT!!!
Wouldn't be suprised to see most of the -300's gone pretty soon.
However, as an interesting point, would they not make a pretty nifty sub fleet for MAN ops...particularly as I believe maintenance is done just over the Irish Sea in Dublin?


User currently offlineEilennaei From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3423 times:

Quoting OHLBU (Reply 7):
Funny that Finnair didn't get that one, as they seem to love buying rubbish from other airlines, like the ex-Varig OH-LGG.

Careful here, please. OH-LGG has from all I know been performing just like the other AY MD-11s. Seems to me it's quite possible to repair an airframe to a "like new" condition in heavy maintenance, although this one took some 150% of the time scheduled.


User currently offlineOHLBU From Finland, joined Jan 2005, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3229 times:

Quoting Eilennaei (Reply 9):

That's what I meant, no use in buying second-hand stuff if you have to rebuild it before you can operate it.

Quoting Crosscountry (Reply 8):
they actually ran out of meals, complaining about galley space

That sounds odd, like they would have crammed in more seats than they have space for meals.


User currently offlineEilennaei From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3162 times:

Quoting OHLBU (Reply 10):
That's what I meant, no use in buying second-hand stuff if you have to rebuild it before you can operate it.

Would think a pending heavy maintenance is discounted into the price.


User currently offlineVIR744 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3074 times:

For info: G-VBUS is still part of the VS fleet operating in VK colours, but is to become part of VKs fleet in the future.

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