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Virgin A340 With Green Tail @ LHR?  
User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 16791 times:

I was on my way to a meeting in Hounslow, and I saw a A340 Virgin jet with green underneath the tail. It didn't have virgin nigeria signage - but I didn't get a very close look.

Is it a special "environmental scheme" or something?

it was parked out from T4, near the A30.

Anyone have any idea?

Alex

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User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 16764 times:

Was it a -300 or a -600?

Did it also have green engines?


User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 16745 times:

I really didn't get a good enough look, although it was pretty long, COULD have been a -6

I didn't see if the engines were coloured, sorry.

Alex


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6334 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 16709 times:



Quoting ThePRGuy (Thread starter):

Is it a special "environmental scheme" or something?

Possibly, aren't they getting ready to start special trial flights with that new eco-friendly fuel soon?


User currently offlineEXTspotter From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 992 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 16464 times:

I thought they were using a 744 for the trials.


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User currently offlineMAN23R From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 16360 times:

the trials start in feb using a boeing 747-400

User currently offlineN104UA From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 908 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 16347 times:

Virgin Nigeria has a green engines but the red tail


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User currently offlineAlbird87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 16305 times:

Could be Virgin Nigeria just in LHR for maintennace??? Isnt that where Virgin do all there maintennace? Do they have any facilities at LGW??

User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 16255 times:



Quoting Albird87 (Reply 7):

Virgin Nigeria no longer operates A340's.


User currently offlineFilton From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 16009 times:



Quoting ThePRGuy (Thread starter):
with green underneath the tail

By "under the tail" do you mean at the bottom of the fuselage under the tail?


User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12111 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 15073 times:
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Quoting N104UA (Reply 6):
Could be Virgin Nigeria just in LHR for maintennace???

Virgin Nigeria only use the A320s


User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 15007 times:



Quoting 777ER (Reply 10):
Virgin Nigeria only use the A320s

They actually don't use any Airbus aircraft anymore, but a mix of B767, B737, F50 and ATR-42's.


User currently offlineStylo777 From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 2968 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 14930 times:

maybe de-icing liquid?  Smile

User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12111 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 13979 times:
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Quoting ENU (Reply 11):
Quoting 777ER (Reply 10):
Virgin Nigeria only use the A320s

They actually don't use any Airbus aircraft anymore, but a mix of B767, B737, F50 and ATR-42's

Aye, since when did they change over?


User currently offlineStearmanNut From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 13847 times:

I'm betting that it is the Virgin green fuels test plane.


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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12111 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 12325 times:
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Quoting StearmanNut (Reply 14):
I'm betting that it is the Virgin green fuels test plane.

The VS test plane, as has already been stated in this thread, and in other reports, like Boeings web-site, will be done in one of VS's B744s


User currently offlineAruba From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 12271 times:

I think it's a Virgin Nigeria aircraft going to the paint shop or to be painted into a different airline.


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User currently offlineDM From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 336 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11497 times:



Quoting Aruba (Reply 16):
I think it's a Virgin Nigeria aircraft going to the paint shop or to be painted into a different airline.

Its not Virgin Nigeria...

Quoting ThePRGuy (Thread starter):
I saw a A340 Virgin jet with green underneath the tail.

He saw an A340.

Quoting ENU (Reply 11):
They actually don't use any Airbus aircraft anymore, but a mix of B767, B737, F50 and ATR-42's.

Cant be Virgin Nigeria now, they don't use ANY Airbus type aircraft...

 Smile

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User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 10023 times:



Quoting N104UA (Reply 6):
Virgin Nigeria has a green engines but the red tail

I know, even if it wasn't an A340 (which I'm pretty certain it was), it didn't have green engines.

Quoting Filton (Reply 9):
By "under the tail" do you mean at the bottom of the fuselage under the tail?

Underneath the virgin logo and stretching below the window level.

Quoting Stylo777 (Reply 12):
maybe de-icing liquid?

Not distinctive enough - usually a lurid yellow colour.

If, and its a BIG if, my eyes have deceived me, and it is a 744 - then this could be the green fuel jet? But as I said, I thought it was a A340.

Anyone going to be passing the perimeter road any time soon?

Anyone else have any ideas what it could of been?

Alex


User currently offlineSevenHeavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1156 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9780 times:

All I can say is that it was not a VS aircraft. They never park on the south side by T4 or the cargo "sheds".

Even if it was VS there are no aircraft in the fleet painted in a special livery which feature green anywhere on the fuselage.

My best guess is that there are a couple of private A340 that fly into LHR frequently. Could be one of those. They invariably park right where you are describing - I'll try and find a couple of pictures.

Regards



So long 701, it was nice knowing you.
User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9711 times:



Quoting SevenHeavy (Reply 19):
All I can say is that it was not a VS aircraft. They never park on the south side by T4 or the cargo "sheds".

No, it was a VS aircraft. It had the Virgin logo on it and it was a heavy. It was not a nigeria aircraft.

Alex


User currently offlineSevenHeavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1156 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 9678 times:



Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 20):
No, it was a VS aircraft. It had the Virgin logo on it and it was a heavy. It was not a nigeria aircraft.

If the aircraft was on the southside yesterday it was not Virgin Atlantic.

The only other possibility is a VK B763 if it had diverted from LGW.

Regards



So long 701, it was nice knowing you.
User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 9278 times:



Quoting SevenHeavy (Reply 21):
If the aircraft was on the southside yesterday it was not Virgin Atlantic.

I'm not up for an argument.

It had four engines. It had the virgin logo on the tail.

End of.

Alex


User currently offlineENU From Netherlands, joined Nov 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 9162 times:



Quoting 777ER (Reply 13):
Aye, since when did they change over?

The wet-leased A320's were returned in 2006 and the last A340 in June 2007. VK currently operates B737's, to be replaced by EMB-170/190's, and B767's, to be replaced by A330's.


User currently offlinePlanesavvy From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 66 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 8836 times:

Just my two pence...

Are you sure it wasn't by the hangers? Up next to the green goddess (the fire drill plane)? The Virgin hanger is right next to the green goddess, and you may have just seen an optical illusion.

I was there all day, and wasn't lucky enough to spot any new scheme.


25 ThePRGuy : No it wasn't by there. Alex
26 StarGuy : Virgin Nigeria 767 tails haven't got green borders on them anymore, they are like the Virgin America tails, solid red
27 Psimpson : Roughly about 2 weeks ago i saw a Virgin A340-313X G-VELD on SBS radar operating Virgin 813P and flying northeast abeam Amsterdam and heading for Scan
28 SevenHeavy : It is not about having an argument - I am just trying to pass on the correct facts. Could you clarify that you mean the south side of the airfield st
29 Post contains links Legoguy : Just a stab in the dark but could it be anything related to this? Virgin India? (by ENU Jan 21 2008 in Civil Aviation)
30 Post contains links and images BA0284 : Now i know that ThePReGuy said it was an A340 definately, however i'm just chucking in a few ides of any type of aircraft and airline to see if there
31 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Perhaps someone needs to lay off the strong cheese?
32 FlyTUITravel : You know I think you could be right! Air Seychelles certainly do park other by the maintenance are at LHR during the day don't they?...
33 ThePRGuy : If I'm totally honest, I'm not that much of a spotter and don't often pass LHR, So I can't actually guarantee where I was. I was on my way to Belfont
34 Pogo : No they don't, only twice have I known HM to go to the BA hangars for some form of maintenance, more often than not they are always towed off to T5.[
35 Post contains images Leezyjet : First of all you state this :- So can you really be 100% sure you saw an VS aircraft ?. Sevenheavy who actually works at LHR so should know quite well
36 FlyTUITravel : Oh right, well then I stand corrected.
37 JakTrax : I saw Virgin Nigeria's BD A330 at MAN once - I didn't get a close look either but was 110% sure the tail said 'Virgin' on it. Ask me any other details
38 JakTrax : By the way, if it was a VS aircraft, the 'green under the tail' could have been some sort of service truck. You are sure the tail had 'Virgin' on it b
39 Post contains links and images Bok269 : Could you have mistaken a dark blue/purple for green? View Large View MediumPhoto © Jackson Qiu
40 Post contains images TriniA340 : You know, sometimes on the underside of an aircraft, you might see a reflection of the ground below it. So, if the tail was over an area of grass or s
41 JakTrax : I think we have to look at this logically here..... If it was anything special or a non-standard Virgin we'd all know about it by now. LHR workers wou
42 Post contains images SevenHeavy : If you mean me then yes, absolutely. . In 12 years working at LHR VS have never parked an aircraft south of 27L. I would not question the OP unless I
43 AirCop : Maybe it was one of the BWIA 340's that was returned, didn't they have one with a green tail and the rest was white, and it was leased from VS.
44 Post contains links and images Swiftski : I'm with you. View Large View MediumPhoto © LHR Photos
45 JakTrax : So G-VSUN sports the 'new' colours... We know it was a Virgin aircraft and I'm assuming the OP perhaps thought it was closer to where he was than it a
46 Thomsonfly : i obviously fly on our aircraft alot, and can assure you there is no special livery on any of our aircraft except g-vfab with the large varga girl on
47 SevenHeavy : So, PRGuy - is it really "end of" or do you think it was G-VSUN you saw by the hangars? Personally I'd love to hear your thoughts. Regards
48 KaiGywer : Actually, you're both sort of right. Stylo777, if it's green, it's not deicing fluid, but rather anti-icing fluid. ThePRGuy, deicing fluid is orange,
49 RicciPettit : That new VS livery... isn't it kinda opalescent on the tail? I may be wrong though. It may be that depending on the angle you saw it and where the Sun
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