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User currently offlineKjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 975 posts, RR: 8
Posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1145 times:

Does anybody know if Virgin Atlantic has any intention to become an all Airbus operator? i.e. A340s and A321s?


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User currently offlineG-CIVP From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1326 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1097 times:

Well, considering Virgin is going to take delivery of another five or so B747-400's in the very near future, the short answer is no!

User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1084 times:

Even if Virgin has ordered many A340, A321 and A380, I think Virgin will always order, what ost suite them, be it Airbus or Boeing.

Gerardo



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User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1078 times:

Maybe in the next 20-30 years. But hey; who knows? I would like VS to keep the 747s since they did start out from a 747-200 in the early 80s.


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User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1068 times:

No. Airbus still has no real competitor for the 744.

User currently offlineTwaneedsnohelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1025 times:

Virgin Express and Virgin Blue are all Boeing though!

User currently offlineDynkrisolo From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1866 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 992 times:

Cba:

The A346 is a tad smaller than the B744, but it carries more cargo and fly farther than the B744. So, VS can use the A346 to replace the B744 if they really want to standardize their fleet. Anyhow, I don't believe Virgin Atlantic (excluding Virgin Sun and Virgin Blue) will go all Airbus.


User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 970 times:

The 346 may be able to fly 200mm further than the 744 (the 744ER will have the range of the 346) and may carry more cargo, but it lacks the capacity. It is the size of a 742, and intended as a 742 replacement. The 744 is perfect on flights were an A380 is not needed, but an A340 is too small.

User currently offlineDynkrisolo From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1866 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 927 times:

Cba:

Since airlines on average fill their planes 70% full, I would say 90% of the time the A346 is a much better choice than the B744. Only during peak seasons, the A346 might be a bit small. The A346 has lower unit operating cost and more cargo capacity. Seat-for-seat, the A346 is a B742 replacement. But in terms of operating economics, it can be an effective B744 replacement. That's why BA is looking into the B773ER to replace some of their B744s.


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