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Another Varig 777 To The Desert  
User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 14534 times:

Another Varig 777 has come to the desert in Arizona. It landed in TUS at 4:48 this afternoon to go through customs. It then left at about 6 for the ten minute hop up to MZJ. How many are left in Brazil now? I might have to go fly up around MZJ to have a look-see.

If I were paying attention to FlightAware, I would have gone to see it. A 777 landing on a 7000 ft. RWY. When was the last time you saw that happen?

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User currently offlineAdipasqu From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 14506 times:

I can't beleve these 777's are going to spend one minute at MZJ. Some airline must want them, right?


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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 14377 times:

Do you know the registration of the aircraft?

User currently offlineCOIAH756CA From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 506 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 14342 times:

Maybe I will drive down to MZJ this weekend with my kid to check it out. We will have to get the "Bigma" 50-500mm out.. Big grin

I am actually pretty curious to see it out in the nice AZ desert.



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User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11459 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 14323 times:
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Quoting LTU932 (Reply 2):
Do you know the registration of the aircraft?

Ex PP-VRD, now N703BA.

Quoting Adipasqu (Reply 1):
I can't beleve these 777's are going to spend one minute at MZJ. Some airline must want them, right?

Both planes VRC and VRD are in very bad conditions. A lot (and not only some) of PTV broken or missing, a lot of broken seats... the info i have is that the lessor use one VRC engine to allow VRD to fly back to US. Need a note, RG tried to improve comfort, change seats and fix PTVs but the lessor does not accept.
They are non-ER and with a lot of problems, the lessor will face some problems to lease them again although the demand is really high.

Felipe



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User currently offlineAdipasqu From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 13927 times:

Quoting LipeGIG (Reply 4):
They are non-ER and with a lot of problems, the lessor will face some problems to lease them again although the demand is really high.

I forgot that these were non-ER birds. But still, if they can be fixed up, etc., there are enough 772A operators that they might find a second life somewhere (with UA perhaps?).



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User currently offlineLijnden From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 13846 times:
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Maybe they will be given a conversion into cargo haulers?


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User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11459 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 13755 times:
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Quoting Adipasqu (Reply 5):
I forgot that these were non-ER birds. But still, if they can be fixed up, etc., there are enough 772A operators that they might find a second life somewhere (with UA perhaps?).

For sure, they are very good for US-Europe flights as well as US-South America and Intra-Asia. Varig use to fly with their 4 non-ER frames to JFK and MIA.

Also, due to it's limited range, the non-ER could not replace an ER bird and nowadays airlines are looking for communality, but nowadays operators like Air India could take them and fix their problems.

Quoting Lijnden (Reply 6):
Maybe they will be given a conversion into cargo haulers?

Lijnden i believe the lower range will be an issue not to convert them as they couldn't replace an M11F and also does we know any 772 converted yet ? It's not necessary a certification ?

Felipe



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User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7540 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 13726 times:

Yep,it came from TUS.


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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 13134 times:

Quoting AirTranTUS (Thread starter):
A 777 landing on a 7000 ft. RWY.

They could land on a 4000 ft runway if they need to...


User currently offlinePsimpson From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 11386 times:

Bangladesh Airlines could lease these 2 former BA General Electric powered non ER B777s once they have had maintenance?

User currently offlineAsiaplt85 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 10124 times:

Quoting Adipasqu (Reply 5):
I forgot that these were non-ER birds. But still, if they can be fixed up, etc., there are enough 772A operators that they might find a second life somewhere (with UA perhaps?).

Some Varig 777s use to be United from Goodyear, I use to work out there I helped clean them out before they sent them to get painted. I knew they would be going back to storage pretty fast since Varig is a well ran airline. I think the last one left in late 2004 from Goodyear to Varig some went to Air India to there was 8 out there (former UA 777s). I doubt they would take them back.

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User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26131 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10012 times:

I wonder when RG's ex 777 from JFK will finally be moved? Its been camping out at AA hangars since last winter!


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User currently offlineMHO From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9767 times:

Quoting COIAH756CA (Reply 3):
Maybe I will drive down to MZJ this weekend with my kid to check it out. We will have to get the "Bigma" 50-500mm out.. Big grin

If they let you in, let me know. As far as I know, unless anything changed recently, the only way to get in is to fly in. It's a public use airport, but the road in terminates at a guardhouse. They only let employees of the airport and people with business there into the airpark. I beleive it is also used as an army national guard training facility as well. From the road, you can't even get a good view of the airplanes. Major bummer  Sad



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User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11459 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 9488 times:
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This is the bird at time RG received it.


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Not to forget, VRC and VRD configuration is too premium, 22F 70C 144Y

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 12):
I wonder when RG's ex 777 from JFK will finally be moved? Its been camping out at AA hangars since last winter!

As it's in better shape (only missing the engine) and as it keeps the same engine manufacturer of more three birds (two non-ER two ER), i believe they could be negotiated with a single airline.

Felipe

[Edited 2006-09-24 03:48:37]


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User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 9461 times:

Quoting Adipasqu (Reply 1):
Some airline must want them, right?

Aeromexico?



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User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 9026 times:

Quoting Bongo (Reply 15):
Some airline must want them, right?

AV perhaps? What happened to that rumour that AV's owner, Efromovich might take two 777s for testing?



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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 8995 times:

Quoting LipeGIG (Reply 4):
Need a note, RG tried to improve comfort, change seats and fix PTVs but the lessor does not accept.

Could you please explain what you mean? Why wouldn't the lessor let them repair broken items?

If you mean the lessor would not pay for the repairs? Is it the lessors responsibility to pay for repairs.

The owner of N703BA (VRD) is Boeing Holding Company.


User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11459 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 8838 times:
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Quoting 474218 (Reply 17):
Could you please explain what you mean? Why wouldn't the lessor let them repair broken items?

For sure. Varig asked to change configuration (the plane as i told come with 22F, 70C and 144Y), perfect for a LHR-JFK but very bad for a GIG-LIS, GRU-MEX and even GIG/GRU-MIA.
Also, both planes come with a lot of broken PTVs and seats, some of them has been fixed by VEM (their maintenance center at GIG).

Varig tried during some time to change configuration but never obtained approval from Boeing. I don't know if this is due to the low term of the lease agreement (3 years), or just because RG accept Boeing conditions and after receive the birds decided not to keep the configuration.

Also, i don't know if Boeing keep rights for UA to get back the planes. What i know is that they use to receive a LOT of customers complaints on MIA, CCS, MEX and LIS routes.

Felipe



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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 8781 times:

Felipe,

Thanks for the explanation.

Carl


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 8666 times:

Quoting Adipasqu (Reply 5):
I forgot that these were non-ER birds. But still, if they can be fixed up, etc., there are enough 772A operators that they might find a second life somewhere (with UA perhaps?).

UA would take them, but only the PW powered ones. But perhaps CO could also take these GE 772A to free up two -ERs for their Asia flights.

Quoting Lijnden (Reply 6):
Maybe they will be given a conversion into cargo haulers?

There is no 777 freighter conversion programme at this time. And as Felipe says, their limited range could make them poor performers on longhaul cargo routes.

Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 16):
AV perhaps?

Also a likely possibility. From what I was told in another thread, hot and high at BOG shouldn't be a big problem as it would be scheduled on flights which leave BOG during nightime (e.g. BOG-JFK). However, would the current premium configuration suit AV if they do acquire them and not change the configuration?


User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11459 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8332 times:
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Last picture of PP-VRD in Brazil, just before departure.

http://www.contatoradar.com.br/images/Bernardo//N703BA_GIG_CR.jpg

Thanks to my friend Coronado and to Contato Radar.

Felipe



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User currently offlineHiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2177 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8097 times:

While it has been posted here that UAL would be happy to get the 4 frames back I would suspect that there is a lot more to that. First off these frames were given up during Chapt 11 due to the lessor not reducing payments to UAL's liking. For the lessor to come back to the table with UAL now after this unsuccessful lease to RG would certainly mean consessions. Further...the question of the current state of the aircraft and being brought up to standards would have to be addressed...as in who pays and who performs the work and what standards and what penalty will the lessor pay if the aircraft fail to perform as promised. Additionally UA is in the middle of an interior change on that fleet...who covers that cost? It's all about the money now at UA.....

User currently offline777jaah From Colombia, joined Jan 2006, 1403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7899 times:

Quoting LipeGIG (Reply 4):
Both planes VRC and VRD are in very bad conditions. A lot (and not only some) of PTV broken or missing, a lot of broken seats

For example, if any airline would want those, how long it would take to leave those birds in a decent presentation (assuming htey'll keep actual configuration).

JAAH



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User currently offlineLemurs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1439 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 7723 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 20):
UA would take them, but only the PW powered ones. But perhaps CO could also take these GE 772A to free up two -ERs for their Asia flights.

Very unlikely. CO has been very agressive in keeping fleet types down as low as possible. They only operate 10 subtypes now and seem to be liking the benefits. If they wanted a subfleet of 777's, it seems like they would have gone for the 772LR on their 2 plane order to be delivered late next year. After all, they want to launch Shanghai with them, plus they could use the extra uplift to big cargo markets they already like to like HKG and DEL where the 772ER is stretched pretty thin. Instead of taking the extra capcity though, they went for commonality and ordered another 2 772ERs...that pretty much rules out any 772A subfleet IMO.



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25 LTU932 : So who's getting those GE 772As? I'm sure BA doesn't want them back, and UA would only take the PW powered ones. Unless they're going to the desert f
26 Lemurs : First guess would be a new operator for the type who only wants a couple of frames, or perhaps a short term wet lease. Whoever it is, they will almos
27 LipeGIG : Considering money it's not a problem, I believe 30 to 45 days. If the lessor do the necessary improvements, TAM could become a possible customer for
28 FlyinTLow : Flew into MZJ yesterday, and there were 2 RG 777s sitting on the main ramp, one right in front of the hangar with a lot of work going on, the other a
29 777jaah : Thanks. remember that also were rumours on AV looking for some T7s for their MIA and JFK routes. They wanted a wet lease and try them for xmas season
30 LipeGIG : I flew from GIG on sunday and saw 4 772 (PP-VRI, VRJ, VRB and one more). Seems that you saw VRC and VRD. Good to know they are working on both birds,
31 RICARIZA : Me too. When are you traveling MIA-BOG?
32 SFORunner : They could be preparing the birds for long term storage as opposed to getting them "production" ready ....?
33 LipeGIG : Why storage two birds like 777's (even non-ER frames), at time the market is really looking for them and accept higher lease rates ? They have 15 yea
34 FlyinTLow : Flew into Pinal today and was a little shocked that in fact the 2 B777 from RG are being prepared for storage! VRC: Already had both of her engines ta
35 Post contains images 777jaah : I'm taking the afternoon flight into MIA on the Dec/22. Coming back home on Jan/2. A few days with my wife and my daughter. I'm scheduled the usual 7
36 Tundra767 : I heard a rumor UA may try to pick these up. Fingers crossed.
37 FlyinTLow : As mentioned above, there are so many airlines wanting to pick up some B777s (AI jumps to my mind right away which seem to want to pick up anything wi
38 NA : The two ex-BA-772s have GEs and they are among the oldest non-ER 777s, from 1995, so not quite as desirable as the ERs. And they are 3rd hand-aircraft
39 PHKLM : I understand the problem is the considerable amount of money that is needed to get these birds into pax service again. What airline is in a desperate
40 NA : These two aircraft have already spend about 1 1/2 years in two terms of storage before. Just to prove that they are not a very hot item.
41 Ghost77 : AM's needs are B772ER's powered w. GE90-94Bs. The only plane AM is looking after so far is PP-VRB. Felipe, do you have any more news in respect to th
42 RICARIZA : I have sent you a private message..
43 LTBEWR : What about any EC or Asian based airline for these a/c, since it seems BA, CO, UA are all out. What about AA, for their South American ops?
44 777STL : I think the fact that they're -A models is a deal breaker for a lot of airlines. Seems most airlines these days are looking for -ER/-LR models, new an
45 Tundra767 : The 777's UA would take are the former UA ones Varig operated. Not sure on the reg.'s
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