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Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK  
User currently onlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5848 posts, RR: 28
Posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7653 times:

Virgin America will store 4 aircraft at SCK (Stockton) for the next few months.

The first will arrive this afternoon, the remainder next week.

The aircraft will be parked on the cargo ramp.

Should make a nice photo op when all 4 are there after next week.


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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 61
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7589 times:

Amazing how long red tape can take to go through when an airline isnt American isnt it?

Good luck to them I say. Hope they can get started on ops soon.



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineFlyswim From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks ago) and read 7286 times:

I saw 3 at SFO last night.

User currently offlineMainland From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks ago) and read 7213 times:

Here's #1 -- RME-SCK

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N621VA



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User currently offlineCAETravlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 910 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7024 times:

I'm guessing that these are the ones that were sitting at SFO? I can't remember if I saw 3 or 4 there when I passed through last week, but I am guessing that storage is considerably cheaper at SCK than SFO! Makes sense to put the planes there until they can get everything squared away and start service.


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User currently offlineXpfg From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 634 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6860 times:

Quoting CAETravlr (Reply 4):
I'm guessing that these are the ones that were sitting at SFO? I can't remember if I saw 3 or 4 there when I passed through last week, but I am guessing that storage is considerably cheaper at SCK than SFO! Makes sense to put the planes there until they can get everything squared away and start service.

No, the one's at SFO are part of a strategy effort from VA to do advertising. The aircraft are placed in such a way that if you look out from Terminal 3, all you see is VA planes....This is United and American's terminal, and if you've forgotten, SFO's current biggest players to NYC.  Wink

On occasion, one of the three aircraft will be moved to the international terminal for some advertising to traffic on the overpass, while at other times, doing ramp training.

The aircraft coming to SCK are from RME and are part of a move to start placing aircraft closer for start of operations. There may even be cheaper costs involved, but I wouldn't see why SCK would be cheaper than RME.


User currently onlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5848 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6847 times:

According to the media article:
"Storing the planes will generate about $2,000 a month for the airport for the next three to four months"
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.d...icle?AID=/20070413/A_NEWS/70412050



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User currently offlineCAETravlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 910 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6814 times:

Very interesting. Thanks for the info Xpfg. I didn't even realize that VA already had that many planes. Of course, I have been out of the loop for a while, so it is good to catch up on what is going on. I must admit, I was quite intrigued the first time I saw those planes when landing at SFO. You get a really good view of them from the end of the UAX terminal for sure.


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User currently offlineXpfg From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 634 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6619 times:

Well, I just got back from SCK to see 621VA come in, and it still looks exactly like this:


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Not sure why the haven't finished painting it yet, but we'll see what happens with it in the future.

The tower asked what the deal was with the aircraft, and one of the pilots responded saying that they would be parking "a few" of them at the cargo ramp for a while, and that he'd "be back Monday with another."

I took a few pics, and may post them here a little later.

That's all I have for now...


User currently offlineV1valarob From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5250 times:

Any idea if VA has pilots/fa's trained and ready to roll? If not who are flying these aircraft?

-Rob


User currently offlineXpfg From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 634 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5110 times:

VA has many pilots already and they do flight training often in SFO as well. Additionally, they have many chief pilots flying these ferries.

User currently offlineSCCutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5618 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5049 times:

Just think how great it could be if they could only afford real airplanes...


...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineNonfirm From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4329 times:

Quoting SCCutler (Reply 11):
Just think how great it could be if they could only afford real airplanes

My thought exactly.How do you start an airline with AMERICA in the name with a foreign aircraft and then put American names on them,Just awful. airplane 


User currently offlineMariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25712 posts, RR: 85
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4306 times:
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Quoting Nonfirm (Reply 12):
My thought exactly.How do you start an airline with AMERICA in the name with a foreign aircraft and then put American names on them,Just awful.

Um - British Airways flies some Boeing aircraft, which are not British (or even European). No one seems to mind.

???

mariner

[Edited 2007-04-14 09:43:41]


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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4282 times:

Quoting SCCutler (Reply 11):
Just think how great it could be if they could only afford real airplanes...



Quoting Nonfirm (Reply 12):
My thought exactly.How do you start an airline with AMERICA in the name with a foreign aircraft and then put American names on them,Just awful. 

Yeah, just as awful as AF and BA flying Boeing aircraft, right?
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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8691 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3996 times:

Well, at least VA is saving on money by doing this and in the long run it will save them money by putting them here instead of SFO.

MCOflyer



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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7743 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

Quoting Mariner (Reply 13):
Um - British Airways flies some Boeing aircraft, which are not British (or even European).



Quoting Kappel (Reply 14):
Yeah, just as awful as AF and BA flying Boeing aircraft, right?

Even worse British Airways gave some of their American aircraft American names:

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