Shamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6458 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6706 times:
Most of the fleet are based at LHR, MAN and possibly LGW I'm not sure on the numbers though.
Besides the A380 order, some have said that 777s will be ordered but that has yet to be seen and also the A350XWB must look interesting to VS especially the -1000 variant which carries 375 passengers but I think it will have to be launched with solid dates before VS considers it. There's also the 747-8 which could be a good 747 replacement along with the A380!
Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4137 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6156 times:
Quoting CX747 (Reply 9): Wow, you guys have provided more than a plethora of information! Is there any reason why they operate the A340s to Asia and not the 747? Wouldn't the 747s larger capacity be needed?
The B747-400's aren't used to Hong Kong/Tokyo/Shanghai because they have a lower MTOW than standard 744's, and so they are better suited to the shorter routes. Those three were some of the first routes served by A340-600 when it was introduced.
They're not used to India as the capacity isn't needed. The A340-300 seems to suit the BOM route year round, and the DEL route in the summer, upgraded to the A340-600 in the winter. Although the UK-India market is booming, the amount of flights there are always increasing, and obviously VS haven't found the need to upgrade those flights as of yet.
CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5158 times:
It would seem that VS set up their 747-400s specifically for Atlantic operations? Another interesting point is the fact that the 747-400 will outlast the "newer" A340-300 series aircraft. Does anyone know if the 747s have had their leases renewed in lieu of the A380 delivery issues?
Also, it would seem that VS is firmly in the A340-600 camp and will not be operating the 777-300ER any time soon.
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Jfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 9100 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4587 times:
744 leases are being extended due to delay and Virgin's own decision to delay a few years the A380 intro. Virgin's option to replace the 744's is go all A340 or get new 777 or 747's. Most customers wouldn't know the difference from new or old 744's so why change them.
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21934 posts, RR: 59
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4314 times:
Quoting CX747 (Reply 15): Also, what type of changes would occur if VS switched to an all A340-600 fleet?
If they decide to dump the 744 and A380, you could see mostly A346. But there are ongoing whispers of the A333 as well. A333 does not have great range, but covers a great deal of their routes. But it's not a direct replacement for the 343, so going all A346 limits flexibility of the fleet, as it's a "one size fits all" solution for longhaul flying.
Also, IIRC, VS has 6 A388 on order, not 8 of them. And deferred to 2014, it's not likely they will be flying the A380 as we know it. Some say the deferral is a cancelation, but if Airbus does go forward with the A388LR, you might see VS take that instead...
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