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Is Virgin Still Looking For Some B 747-200s?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9504 posts, RR: 13
Posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2987 times:

As you all know, Virgin has already ordered 5 B 747-400s from Boeing.

However, from what I have read some time ago, after the new orders have been placed, Virgin Atlantic is still looking for a few B 747-200s.

How come? Does anyone know anything about this?

From my point of view, I think they already have enough B 747s, provided that they have just ordered 5 from Boeing. They don't need any for the time being.


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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4992 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2968 times:

I find it doubtful since they are a launch customer for the A340-600...which is intended to replace the -200s.

User currently onlineHB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4652 posts, RR: 69
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2961 times:

I find it strange that you are a big supporter of growth at British Airways, whilst pleading for modesty at Virgin Atlantic, notably an airline whose network offers still plenty of opportunity to further expansion.

Traditional strongholders in British Aiways' network, such as BOM, SIN, SYD, MEL or LOS, to name just a few, are currently not served by Virgin Atlantic, whilst others, like CPT or ORD, could do with some extra services.

User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

Virgin Atlantic have 7 B744s on order, not 5.
They ordered 2 themselves and then decided to buy the 5 that Alitalia cancelled inorder to buy the B777.

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8657 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

United Airline, what are you, Branson's fleet manager? What makes you think they have "enough" 742s? This is one of the oddest posts I've seen in ages, at least since the one where someone said that SR111 came down because Swissair pilots take their shoes off during flight and put their feet up on airconditioning vents and fluff from dirty socks caused the fire (I kid you not - it's probably in the archive somewhere).

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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9504 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2922 times:

So can anyone tell me whether or not, are they going to get more of the B 747-200s?

User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2911 times:

I think it is very possible that they are going to get some 742's, they ordered 744's, A340-600's and the A380, but until the a/c will be delivered they might need some more a/c because of the need for more capacity on some routes.
I can't be totally sure, but I think they are going to get some 742's.


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User currently offlineYak42 From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 806 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (15 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2894 times:

I think they will probably just order some 742s on short term leases to fill capacity while they await there new Airbuses and B744s.

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