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I Just Saw The Virgin America A320 At GLH  
User currently offlineMudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1167 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5342 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.

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User currently offlineMudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1167 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5218 times:

Check this out!! Another A320 just landed here at GLH from BGR Reg N622VA I guess this is another Virgin America 320 given the Reg!!

User currently offlineHoya From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5131 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?



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12274 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5120 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


User currently offlineMarkATL From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 540 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5002 times:

Quoting 777ER (Reply 3):
The purchase price of an airliner includes the cost of painting

Any chance Airbus sub'd the painting out?



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User currently offlineAirwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4933 times:

Quoting MarkATL (Reply 4):
Any chance Airbus sub'd the painting out?

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.  Yeah sure 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.  wink 



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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21562 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4909 times:

To start service they need a critical mass of jets. They also need to train F/As and all sorts of other staff. One would assume they need jets to train on. Makes sense to me.


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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12274 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4831 times:
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Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 6):
They also need to train F/As and all sorts of other staff. One would assume they need jets to train on

Staff are trained in a training room with a mock up jet, but a real jet is even better


User currently offlineMudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1167 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4434 times:

N621VA Departed GLH at 1000hrs Sun going to YUL. Saw it leave, but did not get pics. The paint job was not completed.

User currently offlineNKMCO From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4116 times:

So my question is who's flying those aircrafts?

User currently offlineAirwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4102 times:

Quoting NKMCO (Reply 9):
So my question is who's flying those aircrafts?

The pilots, I should hope.  biggrin 

But seriously, folks. It's probably a ferry cew for the paint shop.

Question: does YUL have a paint shed or hanger space totuck this plane away for awhile in?

Airwave  eyebrow 



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