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Where Is Virgin Blue Getting Their Airbuses?  
User currently offlinejgw787 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 10832 times:

I already posted about virgin getting a330s and business class on domestic flights
Virgin Blue Introduces A330 And Business Class (by jgw787 Mar 5 2011 in Aviation Polls)
but since thats mainly about travel and comfort Im posting here.
Where is Virgin blue getting these airbuses

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User currently onlinekiwiandrew From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 10795 times:
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The first two are ex EK , I had thought that the second pair were also coming from EK , but I read a post from someone else recently which indicated that the numbers 3 and 4 will be new builds .

User currently offlinejoffie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 10795 times:

Are you asking where are they getting them from, or when are the going to be delivered?

I believe they are EX EK (Emirates) and should be in Australia in the next few weeks.


User currently offlinePM From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 10715 times:

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 1):
numbers 3 and 4 will be new builds

Correct. Leased, but I'm not sure from whom.


User currently offlineEK413 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 10686 times:

Quoting jgw787 (Thread starter):
Where is Virgin blue getting these airbuses

2 x Ex - Emirates Airlines A330-223 aircraft and 2 x Brand NEW from Airbus factory...

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 1):
but I read a post from someone else recently which indicated that the numbers 3 and 4 will be new builds .

That's correct NEW builds from Airbus...

Quoting joffie (Reply 2):
I believe they are EX EK (Emirates) and should be in Australia in the next few weeks.

One of the A330s have already been ferried to MEL...

EK413


User currently offlinejgw787 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 10669 times:

Quoting jgw787 (Thread starter):
The first two are ex EK

that would explain why the seats look like Eks


User currently offlineEK413 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 10611 times:

Just adding to my original post, VH-XFA was delivered to DJ March 4 and was supposed to arrive MEL March 5th 2011...

EK413


User currently offlinekaitak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 10491 times:

Quoting jgw787 (Reply 5):
that would explain why the seats look like Eks

I thought that DJ had already announced its new product offering on the A330, which will be significantly different from the seats on the EK A332s?


User currently offlineEK413 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 10461 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 7):
I thought that DJ had already announced its new product offering on the A330, which will be significantly different from the seats on the EK A332s?

Based on the website images the seating is similar to that of EK... I believe the seats have received new covers and interior fittings...

EK413


User currently offlineIndianicWorld From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 10328 times:

The first plane has definately arrived at MEL, and was parked on the far pier today, closest to Tiger. It was then moved later in the afternoon to the John Holland apron.

Will be interesting to see what happens now.


User currently offlineAsiaflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10133 times:

Is it yet painted in DJ livery?

User currently offlinePEET7G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10085 times:

Damn, I just left MEL on the 2nd March, would have been nice to get at least a glimpse of it...did it arrive in DJ colors already?

Are the new-builds direct orders? I have not heard of DJ making any direct orders with Airbus, so who are they leasing them from, or who's units did they take over?


User currently offlineEK413 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8438 times:

Quoting Asiaflyer (Reply 10):
Is it yet painted in DJ livery?

I'm guessing everyone will be disappointed when she is rolled out of the hanger in a all white scheme...

EK413


User currently offlineFlyboyOz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8420 times:

how do you know that it would be all white livery?? Photo? I heard that it would be all silver.

User currently offlinejetfuel From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8368 times:

This brand name / logo / marketing strategy / colour scheme needs to be sorted out NOW rather than later. The entire DJ/VA outfit is looking like something out of a 3rd world country. Its not doing the image any good

User currently offlineEK413 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 8034 times:

Quoting FlyboyOz (Reply 13):

Aircraft was delivered all white scheme...
It's been stated in here the 1st aircraft to wear the NEW scheme will be painted in NZ....

EK413


User currently offlineB742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7809 times:

Quoting EK413 (Reply 4):
2 x Ex - Emirates Airlines A330-223 aircraft and 2 x Brand NEW from Airbus factory...

Don't mean to nitpick, but they are in-fact 243 models. Rolls Royce powered aircraft.

Rob!   


User currently offlineHAL9k From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7614 times:

Quoting EK413 (Reply 4):
2 x Ex - Emirates Airlines A330-223 aircraft and 2 x Brand NEW from Airbus factory...

-243 (RR) not -223 (PW)

Quoting EK413 (Reply 4):
One of the A330s have already been ferried to MEL...

Right, the fort one is already registered as VH-XFA and was delivered on 4th March.

2 ex EK are:
A330-243 msn 365, VH-XFA (ex A6-EAB, ex F-WWKB)
A330-243 msn 372, still A6-EAC (ex F-WWYQ)
Both frames were built in 2000 and were leased to EK by "Calyon" according to JP.

According to Airbus official database Virgin Blue is "operating" 2 A330 without any more on order nor option, therefore if there is any order for a new frame it should be trough a lessor.


User currently offlinewinglets747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 7121 times:

As reported by Flightglobal, the first two aircraft are leased from BOC. The next two are from Aircastle and CIT: http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...s-new-domestic-business-class.html

User currently offlineEK413 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3590 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 16):
Quoting EK413 (Reply 4):
2 x Ex - Emirates Airlines A330-223 aircraft and 2 x Brand NEW from Airbus factory...

Don't mean to nitpick, but they are in-fact 243 models. Rolls Royce powered aircraft.

Rob!
Quoting HAL9k (Reply 17):
Quoting EK413 (Reply 4):
2 x Ex - Emirates Airlines A330-223 aircraft and 2 x Brand NEW from Airbus factory...

-243 (RR) not -223 (PW)

Thanks for the pick-up hehe... Error from my part and can't edit it now!

                 

EK413


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