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VS Emergency Landing - Reported Fire In Cabin  
User currently offlineChristopherwoo From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 157 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 16825 times:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0111/breaking28.html

Just breaking. No injuries. VS39

40 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9149 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 16768 times:

Elsewhere reported as "small amount of smoke coming from electrical wiring in the galley area"

http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0111/shannon.html



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User currently offlineChristopherwoo From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 16758 times:

Haha and one more... reporting a fire in the Cockpit.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukp...ALeqM5hUKtwZRykmcj8tkI2XJuZxYp19bw


User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1697 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 16724 times:

What was the aircraft's registration? Also why just 160 passengers on an A340?

User currently offlineChristopherwoo From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 16703 times:

Don't know the aircraft Reg but Chicago at this time of year is usually empty going out but chocka coming back. Don't know why.

User currently offlineRutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 3016 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 16601 times:
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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 16328 times:

G-VELD on VS039 en-route to ORD. Smoke and sparks from the bar area. No danger to aircraft. Diverted to SNN as a precaution. No fire, no panic.

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2930 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 16064 times:

VS39 is now expected at ORD at midnight local - 10 hours behind schedule:

Virgin Atlantic Airways 39 London O'Hare 11:00 AM 2:05 PM AT 12:00 AM
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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 15869 times:

G-VELD will not be completing the VS039 to ORD. It is being inspected and repaired at SNN.

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineMrSkyGuy From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1214 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 15811 times:



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 3):
Also why just 160 passengers on an A340?

Sign of the times, friend.  Smile



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User currently offlineAPYu From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 839 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 14422 times:



Quoting MrSkyGuy (Reply 9):


Quoting Directorguy (Reply 3):
Also why just 160 passengers on an A340?

Sign of the times, friend

160 is quite good for this time of year on this route! It can go with 30 or 40



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User currently offlineLHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 14303 times:



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 3):
Also why just 160 passengers on an A340?

Seasonal loads across the North Atlantic at this time of year. Most carriers are pretty empty Westbound and pretty full Eastbound.

Sadly, it's perfectly normal. (Sadly, because the airlines don't make as much money...)


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 14018 times:



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 3):
Also why just 160 passengers on an A340?

If thats how many are booked, thats how many are booked. What do you expect them to do, pull people in off the street just so all the seats are full ?. I would guess a majority of flights each day are not completely full to the brim but have a few empty seats onboard - especially at this time of the year.

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User currently offlineGroup51 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13859 times:



Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 12):
What do you expect them to do, pull people in off the street just so all the seats are full ?

Isn't that, essentially what yield management is? I guess they fly them empty, because if they reduced prices to fill the plane, people would only pay the lower price. If they aren't gouging the market, I would guess it must be that the weight of cheaper passengers would be out balanced by the fuel cost of carrying them?


User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7684 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13541 times:



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 3):
Also why just 160 passengers on an A340?


Ever been to Chicago in the winter? Imagine beeing stuck in a freezer thats 15 degrees colder than normal and the wind is blowing at 25 mph.



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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13510 times:

160 on a Chicago is quite good actually. Although I have to say our loads across the board are pretty good considering the current economic climate. How long this will last is anyones guess.

And we don't need aircraft going tech - it just dosn't do the image much good!! Bloody Airbus rubbish!  duck 

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineXtoler From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 953 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13480 times:

Hopefully they come in at all. The weather in ORD right now is terrible and I read there were loads of delays and canx.

As far as the loads on board, if VS is full going back, even this time of year that doesn't sound too bad, and at least some of the seats are being used, and also consider cargo. I'm sure VS isn't doing too bad on this route. Then again I don't know the frequency of their flights into ORD.



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User currently offlineStarGuy From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13449 times:



Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 15):
Bloody Airbus rubbish!

Are you serious? The Airbus fleet is in very good condition, even the oldest ones.


User currently offlineB707forever From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13372 times:

I don't think we're going to see the full effect of the economic crisis for a month or two on load factors. I flew on a CO 737-700 Friday night from Chicago to Newark with 12 people in the back. I was stunned by it, especially from Chicago on a Friday night. Perhaps a sign of the flight reductions coming for the spring. Don't be surprised.

User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13351 times:



Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 15):
Bloody Airbus rubbish!

The 744s at Gatwick aren't much good either.


User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13245 times:



Quoting StarGuy (Reply 17):
Are you serious? The Airbus fleet is in very good condition, even the oldest ones.

Well worn is a polite term. Mind you, we do tend to fly them like they were 737's on a shuttle!

Quoting Planesarecool (Reply 19):
The 744s at Gatwick aren't much good either.

Desperately in need of TLC, but very well maintained. Safe, but tired.

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineLHRspotter From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13037 times:

Interesting timing of this "smoke and sparks" incident considering Virgin's current "Still Red Hot" ad campaign...

User currently offlineEI320 From Ireland, joined Dec 2007, 1442 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 12666 times:

Short video of G-VELD at SNN today :


http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0111/shannon_av.html?2472978,null,230

Looks like the a/c will return to LHR tomorrow morning at 09:05 local as VS39P


User currently offlineStarGuy From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 12069 times:



Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 20):
Well worn is a polite term. Mind you, we do tend to fly them like they were 737's on a shuttle!

You are entitled to your opinion but I have to say that I don't agree at all. I think that considering some of Virgins A343's are the first off of the production line, they are in very good condition when you compare them to Airbus' and Boeings around the world that are MUCH younger. Of course the A343's cabin and galleys aren't as modern inside compared, when you consider that some of Virgin's A346 fleet arrived only last year.

I certainly wouldn't consider this an "Airbus" issue, Boeings all over the world divert for technical reasons all the time.


User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 904 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 11450 times:

Neverquite know why all the UK go away over the Christmas period but it seems from the chat that non of the US want to go Maybe they have Thanksgiving instead? Thaty means they all go home and stay in the US

25 Runway24R : At the risk of sounding dumb, why is this? I can understand a variation of one way being full and the other way empty very close to Christmas, but by
26 Planesarecool : Desperately in need of relief too. They never seem to have more than 4 of their 5 LHR based 744s in operation, it would make more sense to move one o
27 Timaay419 : You hit the nail right on the head, but then again we're spoiled here in Los Angeles...80 in January.
28 UAORD2000 : Glad everyone is safe. Onboard fires have always been my worst fear.
29 Directorguy : You're hilarious... I get that 160 pax is quite respectable....I wish all my VS flights were that empty/full!
30 BHMDiversion : I was on VS40 on the first date this flight came back to ORD. They sent a A340-600 for the flight and was only booked to 56. For takeoff, we all had t
31 APYu : Thankfully they are not fully reliant on just the LGW/MAN 747 fleet to get back to normal when situations do occur. Its quite common for a Heathrow s
32 LHR27C : ? VS haven't received any new aircraft for nearly 2 years.
33 ArcrftLvr : Absolutely. How many other people in the country can say they're wearing shorts and t-shirts down by the beach in the middle of January. 83 degrees y
34 StarGuy : My mistake, I forget how quickly time has flown, whatever, 2 years is still very very new.
35 Planesarecool : I won't say it's common. They occasionally bring in an aircraft from Heathrow if there is actually no aircraft available for that day (when one has a
36 Climb1 : I see that G-VGAL an LGW/MAN 744 is operating VS350 tonight. Must be covering for G-VELD as this is usually an A343 route. Ive never known a Gatwick 7
37 StarGuy : This has been planned for a while now.
38 Leezyjet : It does happen from time to time, although not as much as it used to.
39 Thomsonfly : Hello The 744 to BOM has been planned for a while and will be for the next two weeks. I had my roster a few weeks back and positioned out to BOM Sunda
40 Legacytravel : Our high school flew back day Jan 3 and it was full. Same on outbound. Mark in MKE
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