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Does Virgin Still Operate The B 747-200?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15
Posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4112 times:

Does Virgin still operate the B 747-200? If not when did they retire them?

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User currently offlineGatorman96 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 874 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4043 times:

They only fly -400's. Here is all of the info

http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Virgin%20Atlantic-history-b747.htm



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User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4298 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3746 times:

Quoting United Airline (Thread starter):
Does Virgin still operate the B 747-200? If not when did they retire them?

I don't have the exact date but it was about two years ago. The last VS B742 flights were, if I recall, the "leisure" routes from MCO (to MAN and LGW), as these aircraft were leased Air Atlanta planes. Now these flights are on B744 equipment (although still leased a/c???) and I know that they differ slightly from Virgin's own B744 fleet in terms of seating and IFE.



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User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3985 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3517 times:

Quoting Richierich (Reply 2):
The last VS B742 flights were, if I recall, the "leisure" routes from MCO (to MAN and LGW)

The 747-200 Air Atlanta plane(s) were last on the MAN-MCO route. LGW-MCO switched to the 747-400 in 2001

Quoting Richierich (Reply 2):
I know that they differ slightly from Virgin's own B744 fleet in terms of seating and IFE.

No, the planes are definitely VS ones. They're a little bit different inside because it was an order for Alitalia that VS took over. The interiors will be pretty much strandardised in the next year or so.


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3384 times:

Why did they retire them? Are they really that old?

Wish they have more large planes and can fly them to HKG and SYD.

What's up with HKG-SYD now? Doing well?


User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4298 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 17 hours ago) and read 3193 times:

Quoting Vasu (Reply 3):
No, the planes are definitely VS ones. They're a little bit different inside because it was an order for Alitalia that VS took over. The interiors will be pretty much strandardised in the next year or so.

Thanks for the clarification.
I flew MCO-MAN last year and the B744 did not have AVOD PTVs, for example. I believe they do on the LHR routes. Not that I really minded - I was able to sleep!



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User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5359 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 1 hour ago) and read 2958 times:

Quoting United Airline (Reply 4):
Why did they retire them? Are they really that old?

I think all of the last ones were ex CX and NZ delivered from 1980/82 so getting up there in terms of age for a pax aircraft on long haul. And expensive compared to a 744 and 346 on fuel.

Quoting Vasu (Reply 3):

The 747-200 Air Atlanta plane(s) were last on the MAN-MCO route. LGW-MCO switched to the 747-400 in 2001

They leased the 742's back for a couple of years until 2005 I think it was.


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