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User currently offlineJetstreamer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 4
Posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

Here are the registrations and names of the new LGW based 744s:-

G-VROS "English Rose"
G-VGAL "Jersey Girl"
G-VLIP "Hot Lips"
G-VROM "Barbarella"
G-VROY "Pretty Woman"

The first one comes into service on May 1st.

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User currently offline777-500ER From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 480 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1984 times:

Are there going to be new destinations? Where's the first one going?

Michael SFO
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User currently offlineJetstreamer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

The new a/c are coming as part of a fleet renewal programme. They will replace 4 of the older B742s. The next new destination is LGW-YYZ daily from June 12th. The LGW-LAS service is being increased to 3 per week from June and the LGW-SFO seasonal service returns on June 20th (operating 4 times a week).

User currently offline777-500ER From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 480 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1960 times:

Is the SFO going to be served by a 744 as from LHR?

Michael SFO
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User currently offlinePhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1950 times:

Presumably the 200s to go will be the remaining originals plus G-VJFK and G-VLAX, which will mean saying goodby to some old friends of many hours acquaintnce.

User currently offlineJetstreamer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1928 times:

It is indeed time to say goodbye to some old friends. G-VIRG was the first a/c operated by VS almost 17 years ago and has given many years of faithful service. Retirement awaits along with G-VGIN, G-VJFK and G-VLAX.

Hopefully the LGW-SFO service will be operated by one of the 744s. A final decision is awaited........


User currently offlineMEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1100 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1921 times:

How do you know they are going to all be LGW-based?


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User currently offlinePhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1924 times:

As G-VIRG is probably coming up to airframe life expiry, I wonder if Richard would consider donating this to a museum? If fully stripped down it should be able to squeeze into Duxford on a ferry flight from LGW.

User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7334 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1895 times:

I already have photos of VROS...she's a beauty...

User currently offline777-500ER From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 480 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1851 times:

Let's hope for the LGW 744 upgrade this summer...

Michael SFO
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User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12563 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days ago) and read 1825 times:

Are all the new 744s LGW based? I can understand the need to replace the earliest 747s, but what about the RR powered 747s. Are these going to be used still? I am just curious, because I am due to fly EWR-LGW on the 10th June and would prefer to fly on a Classic.

User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10804 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1768 times:

What about the other two 744s Virgins has on order for delivery later this year on top of this quintet?

User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12563 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1720 times:

They are still coming, presumably to be based at LHR.

I called VS reservations about my flight on the 10th June and was told that although at present the flight was operated by a 742, the airline was currently getting new 744s and it could well be changed. I was advised to call closer to the date.

(Helpful person; most telephone reservations agents are pretty dull people, not knowing an APU from an Airbus, but I've always found the VS people very helpful.)


User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1710 times:

744's based at LGW! WOO-HOO! PARTY! How do u know this?

LGW


User currently offlineJetstreamer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1661 times:

In answer to Kaitak's question about the other Classics, they will continue to operate mainly from LGW but also on some flights from LHR as well.

The remaining 2 B744s on order are likely to be based at LHR.


User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (13 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1625 times:

It is good to hear that the first of VS 744s will be arriving tomorrow! I am saddened by the thought of the original gang of 747s retiring though. Maybe a new startup or cargo carrier will pick them up? It will be interesting to see some LGW based 744s and 744s operating VS17 and 18 into and out of my home base (EWR).


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineBA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (13 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1594 times:

Does anybody know what will happen to VS011 and VS012 which opperate to and from Boston, Logan, to London, Gatwick? as they have used the "classic" for as long as i've been flying them (around 15 years on this route) Its a real workhorse for VS and i think it has more charecter than the 744's  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
I hope they keep the 742's but the capacity is usualy pretty high on this route so maybe it will be the 744's on this route too. But come to think of it does Boston alow 744's??? Might be an odd question but i don't tink i've ever seen a 744 there just A340's 777's and 742's?
Am i totaly wrong or what?
Let me know!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Thanks
regrds
Dan



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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9191 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (13 years 6 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1570 times:

VS should put a few of their new B 744s for its HKG-LHR route.


User currently offlineJetstreamer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1533 times:

Dan,

VS have used a 744 on the BOS route before albeit for a limited time.

According to a press release on the Virgin website, the new 744s will be used on the LGW to MIA/MCO/EWR/BOS routes. They have a different seating config to the 744s currently operating from LHR.


User currently offlineJetstreamer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1497 times:

**Update**

The new a/c are expected to be in service on the following dates:-

G-VGAL 21st May
G-VLIP 13th June
G-VROM 20th June
G-VROY 13th July

There are no plans to operate the HKG route using a B744. However frequencies to HKG are increasing to nine per week from mid August and eleven per week from September.


User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 373 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1493 times:

'ROS has already been operating the VS017/18 route this week.

Regards

Paul


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