Mudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1167 posts, RR: 5 Posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3626 times:
Just 20 min ago 1630 CST I saw the brand new Virgin America A320 at GLH. I am working on the ambulance today, and I have friends that are Airport security/fireman at GLH so we went in the hanger to look at it!!! Reg N621VA So far it has the white base coat, red engine cowlings, an American Flag on the winglet. I even looked at the paint scheme blueprints. It still needs the tail painted red, and virgin on the tail and fuselage. should be done within the next day or so. So if anyone can get to Greenville, MS in the next day or so you could be one of the firsts to see it. I do not have a digital camera, but I will try and borrow one tonight, and take pics tommorrow, while at work. by the way it is in hanger 450. Also I'm sure you could care less, but a NW 757200 just flew in here to.
Hoya From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 361 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3415 times:
It is interesting to see that they are having all these planes delivered and getting painted, yet they do not have an operating certificate. Are these planes leased or purchased? Either way, Virgin America will have to make payments for the aircraft as they sit at an airport and do nothing.
Also, why are the planes being painted at GLH? Why doesn't Airbus paint the planes at the factory? Is this a way to keep the livery concealed, or a way to save money?
777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11308 posts, RR: 17 Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3404 times:
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Quoting Hoya (Reply 2): Why doesn't Airbus paint the planes at the factory? Is this a way to keep the livery concealed, or a way to save money?
I would say it is to keep the livery a secret intill the official launch. The purchase price of an airliner includes the cost of painting (unless its a special livery that would be expensive to paint), unless Virgin America (VA) got a discount due to VA would be painting them, then it would cost more other wise. Hopfully I will see a VS A320 in person in June or August while I'm flying in the States
They might have, if things were backed up at their paint shed. Or maybe they decided it would be a better use of their time to focus on painting for airlines with operating certificates. But money is money, and an order is an order, so who knows.
Of course, regardless of who the bird is painted for, pics are always nice.
When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.