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VS Bringing Back Old A343's?  
User currently offlinePlaneMad From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 533 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2611 times:

Just read this on their website:

"The aircraft we are scheduling for Nairobi from 1st October 2007 is an Airbus 340 and does not have our Upper Class Suite on board. This means that whilst you will enjoy our usual excellent Upper Class service, you will be travelling on our lie flat seat as opposed to our flat bed seat.


21.7" wide 55" Seat Pitch 82" Recline

We recognise how important the Upper Class Suite is to our passengers and want to reassure you that the re-introduction of the lie flat seat is a temporary measure. This aircraft will be re-fitted in Summer 08, when we will once again be able to guarantee the Upper Class Suite on 100% of our flights."

I thought all of their current A343's had the UCS???

Sam D  Smile

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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30537 posts, RR: 84
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2534 times:
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Have they acquired any planes from other operators recently?

If so, those would need to be re-fitted with VS' configuration.

User currently offlinePlaneMad From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 533 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2435 times:

I'm guessing Arcadia is back too then! Nooooooo!

Sam D  Smile

User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21472 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2398 times:

VS postpones A380s, postpones (or cancels?) A346, they order 787s, and now pull 343s back into service. What exactly happened between SRB and Airbus that made them reject planes they obviously need for capacity?

Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 3):
and now pull 343s back into service

The A343's never left service.

I guess this means that G-VSUN is due back from it's extened holiday in Nigeria pretty soon.

It is easier for the airline to keep an odd ball a/c on one specific route so that the regular passengers on that route know what to expect, and you don't end up p'ing off lots of passengers on lots of different routes and it also works out better for the rev management too, by keeping the same config on one specific route, they don't have to chop and change the available seats on a daily basis when selling tickets as the configs differ.


"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
User currently offlineCabinboy From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2105 times:

Yup. This AC had been on lease to VS Nigeria for a while now but had just returned to the UK (curently remotely parked at LGW awaiting a re-paint). The ac will run primarely on the NBO route but may also be flown elsewhere as required...looks like there are going to be allot of unhappy J class pax when they board this ac expecting the upper class suite and instead seeing the old seats lol! Not suprising its on the NBO route though, although the pax figures in the Y have been ok the J loads have been aweful, i recently flew back from NBO with only 2 (out of 34) in J and a mate came home with only 15 on the entire ac!!

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