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VS LGW Fleet Refit Begins  
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 10116 times:

http://youtu.be/4K6XnOxNRpg

Although the video shows G-VHOT which is a LHR based 747. Chances are its probably G-VROM (Ex Super Torismo) on the inside.


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User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 10001 times:

I guess they didn't want to confuse people by showing an Aerosur painted aircraft.

Also according to V-Flyer, VHOT is currently on its way to JFK, either that or VS has just introduced standing class.


User currently offlineJetset7e7 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 1090 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 9902 times:

This is G-VROM, video was taken inside the Air Livery hangar at MAN. G-VROM is due to position to HKG (once fully painted) around the end of the month for the new cabin re-fit.

Mark



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User currently offlineAAMDanny From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 357 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9579 times:

How exciting, about time the LGW bird's got some fresh life put in them, now VS has extended there leases a retrofit is now feasible. There will also be a slight decrease in Y seating and a increase in W seat's

User currently offlineflykev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1382 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9558 times:
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So long to the old Recaro seats and the Nova entertainment system of the LGW fleet.
This upgrade is well overdue for VS; I won't fear flying them from LGW any more  

Kev.



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User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3916 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 9177 times:

They didn't show what was going INTO the planes... any photos of the new seats/IFE systems?

User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 9151 times:

Quoting Vasu (Reply 5):

They didn't show what was going INTO the planes...

I thought this rather rather strange too. I'd love to see some photos of what it'll look like when completed!



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User currently offlineanstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5244 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9125 times:

Quoting Vasu (Reply 5):
They didn't show what was going INTO the planes... any photos of the new seats/IFE systems?

Well they cant show the new seats yet as they havent been installed yet!

Premium Economy will be the same superseats that they have on all the LHR planes and the IFE will be the JAM system seen on the current A330 fleet.


User currently offlineliverpoola380 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9050 times:

Dont VS rotate the LGW fleet with MAN?

So if flying VS from MAN it is likely that you could be on board a 747 with a new cabin?


User currently offlineanstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5244 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9019 times:

Quoting liverpoola380 (Reply 8):
Dont VS rotate the LGW fleet with MAN?

Yes - GLA/MAN/MCO all use the same fleet of 747/330's.


User currently offlineVIR744 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8917 times:

The work was carried out in the Gatwick hangar before the aircraft positioned to Manchester. I was outside replacing the APU on G-VHOT when the work was carried out. The following shift I departed ROM to Manchester, it was a very impressive take off - 35000kg fuel, no seats other than A zone, only 2 crew and full power used.

User currently offlineFlyingCello From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2010, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8452 times:

Any idea on the schedule for completing all the frames? And is it all the LGW 744s, or just the Nova ones?

User currently offlinevirgincrew From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8375 times:

Quoting FlyingCello (Reply 11):
Any idea on the schedule for completing all the frames? And is it all the LGW 744s, or just the Nova ones?

Yes all LGW / MAN / GLA 747-400 aircraft are being re-fitted & they aim to be completed by October



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8212 times:

Quoting virgincrew (Reply 12):
Yes all LGW / MAN / GLA 747-400 aircraft are being re-fitted & they aim to be completed by October

Except G-VTOP which is being retired in 2013 - unless the plan has changed.



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User currently offlineanstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5244 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8200 times:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 13):

Except G-VTOP which is being retired in 2013 - unless the plan has changed.

I believe its going at the end of this year once all the reconfigurations have been completed.

The rate is approx 1 per month for the refits.


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8170 times:

Quoting anstar (Reply 14):
I believe its going at the end of this year once all the reconfigurations have been completed.

The rate is approx 1 per month for the refits.

Which would make sense as now G-VROM is back, VS would have an extra 747 at LGW/MAN/GLA once the refits are completed.



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User currently offlineFlyingCello From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2010, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8065 times:

Quoting virgincrew (Reply 12):

Yes all LGW / MAN / GLA 747-400 aircraft are being re-fitted & they aim to be completed by October

Excellent! Planning a trip to Orlando in November...


User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3254 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7842 times:

Once the refits are done I believe the first two A330s move to LHR?

User currently offlinevirgincrew From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7749 times:

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 17):
Once the refits are done I believe the first two A330s move to LHR?

There is also the new A330 (3rd for VS) G-VRAY "Miss Sunshine" to arrive sometime in April with the New Upper Class Cabin, I would imagine this frame will go to LHR as will be configered with all 3 classes of cabn.



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User currently offlinevirgincrew From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7743 times:

Virgin's 747-400 aircraft to be re-fitted:

G-VROM
G-VROS
G-VROY
G-VLIP
G-VGAL

G-VTOP was originally a LHR frame anyway, it was converted to LGW / MAN / GLA config some years ago.



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User currently offlinesevenheavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1156 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7727 times:

Quoting virgincrew (Reply 19):

There's also G-VAST and G-VXLG in the LGW fleet to be refitted. Time for each aircraft is about 5 weeks but will probably get quicker as things progress

G-VRAY has already been to LHR. Looks great in the candy apple red paint!

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 17):

Probably not for a while. The other 5 new frames get delivered first, then the 2 from china return, followed by the Ryan aircraft, all by the end of the year. If G-VTOP does end up leaving the fleet the leisure program can't be covered without the 2 A330s.



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User currently offlineslinky09 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2009, 837 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7700 times:

Quoting virgincrew (Reply 18):
There is also the new A330 (3rd for VS) G-VRAY "Miss Sunshine" to arrive sometime in April with the New Upper Class Cabin, I would imagine this frame will go to LHR as will be configered with all 3 classes of cabn.

I believe scheduled for the VS003 to JFK on 21 April - so we'll finally see what the new four abreast UCS looks like!


User currently offlineanstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5244 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7672 times:

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 17):
Once the refits are done I believe the first two A330s move to LHR?

I'm wondering the same thing... Perhaps they may choose to keep them int he leisure fleet to open new routes that cant be done with the 747 or we may see a LHR747 come down permanently to LGW when the 330's move up the road.

Quoting virgincrew (Reply 18):
There is also the new A330 (3rd for VS) G-VRAY "Miss Sunshine" to arrive sometime in April with the New Upper Class Cabin, I would imagine this frame will go to LHR as will be configered with all 3 classes of cabn.

Maiden flight is 21st April on the VS3 returning on the VS4 the same day.

Future A330 deliveries will allow for Dehli (June) and Chicago (Sept) and Mumbai (Oct) to go to A330 too.


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1303 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7578 times:

Quoting anstar (Reply 22):
I'm wondering the same thing... Perhaps they may choose to keep them int he leisure fleet to open new routes

Plus the fact they will need to be refitted before they move to LHR as they don't have an Upper Class cabin at the moment.



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User currently offlineJetset7e7 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 1090 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7381 times:

Quoting virgincrew (Reply 19):
Virgin's 747-400 aircraft to be re-fitted:

G-VROM
G-VROS
G-VROY
G-VLIP
G-VGAL

G-VTOP was originally a LHR frame anyway, it was converted to LGW / MAN / GLA config some years ago.

G-VROM, G-VROS, G-VROY, G-VLIP, G-VGAL are all 747-443 versions orginially ordered by AZ, so they have a completey different IFE system on them.. I'm unsure of the order of the re-fit apart from G-VROM is first obviously!

As mentioned above G-VTOP, G-VAST and G-VXLG were all orginally LHR fleet but transferred over to LGW/MAN.

Mark



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25 VIR744 : G-VAST & G-VXLG are also to be refitted, G-VAST being the next after G-VROM.
26 virgincrew : Do you know if they are going to standardise the 747's during the re-fit ? i.e. are the 744's that came from LHR namely G-VAST G-VXLG going to have t
27 sevenheavy : They will all be the same config. The FSM station in front of L2 is going. It should never have been there to start with but the aircraft were at a v
28 jwhite9185 : To the point where on G-VROS and G-VGAL ( the 1st 2 delivered) even have Italian and English labelling in the toilets, exit signs etc.
29 na : How much did they extend the leases?
30 anstar : Yup - they are replacing the galleys, toilets - ripping out the FSM office and the toilet in front of the 2 doors on the right and standardising the
31 sevenheavy : I think at least 7 years with an option thereafter. I have read that the revised lease rates are substantially lower than before,...enought to effect
32 na : Lease rates of out-of-production Quads have declined a lot in recent years, but the lease rates of a 8- or 9-year old 744 (the age of many of VS 744s
33 virgincrew : Ah brilliant - will be much better for passengers when looking at the seat maps and pre-booking seats on-line. Also better for crew - as we won't hav
34 jwhite9185 : Rumor has it that the upper deck will be split with PE at the front and economy at the rear, not unlike the LHR config. The small economy cabin behin
35 VIR744 : In fact the toilet at door 2R will be installed on G-VAST and G-VXLG to match the others. B zone will be all W class so all the refits will have a de
36 booforty : Good news and long overdue - I loved flying VS in the 90s but not so much since! Looking forward to seeing the new cabins
37 Post contains images virgincrew : I am so glad that all of B Zone & the upper deck will all be Premium Economy and have dedicated toilets etc.. The pax's in the W cabin on the mai
38 sevenheavy : I don't believe the entire upper deck will be premium, the front will be economy, the rear premium.
39 anstar : Ok thanks for the info - i had been lead to believe it was being removed - but it ismuch better if it is staying and the W pax can have their own loo
40 virgincrew : Shame .... would be really nice for Premium Economy passengers to have that privacy of Zone B & Upper Deck. I have never understood Economy on th
41 sevenheavy : Its a question of economics. The LHR B744's were originally (re)fitted with an all J class Upper deck. They were reconfigured a couple of years ago a
42 VIR744 : Oops, typo on my part, the rear of the upper deck will be Y. The 2 door galleys will be similar to ST & LG with the IFE insert adjacent to the st
43 FlyingCello : I'm flying to Orlando in October / November hopefully, but only seeing A343s on the schedule. Any VS people help me out? Would rather fly a refurbed 7
44 sevenheavy : An A343.....to MCO? Where are you seeing that?
45 FlyingCello : Checking the VS website for prices...most flights are showing A343 as equipment...as an example, VS15 on 31st Oct, VS16 on 16th Nov. Or VS27 on 7th O
46 eugegall : Going to Vegas from Gatwick with Virgin at the end of Oct. Fingers crossed i will get a refurbished 744.
47 Post contains links and images sevenheavy : I just checked those dates on www.virginatlantic.com (using miles) and they all show as B744. They definately won't be on A343. The B744 should all b
48 liverpoola380 : Really looking forward to seeing the new LGW fleet and also the upgraded premium! It may encourage me to book and fly VS
49 Post contains images virgincrew : My understanding is that the LGW Fleet are being upgraded with the LHR Premium Economy Product.
50 Post contains images virgincrew : A rough idea of the new seating plan ...
51 anstar : I heard a rumour that Y would be at the front of the upper deck and W at the rear.
52 sevenheavy : There will actually be 6 rows of premium downstairs, with one row missing a side set of seats, making 66 seats total
53 Post contains images readytotaxi : Now where did you get that from?
54 eugegall : Why only 14 upper class seats? Is that a standard thing? i thought this product was used much more than that?
55 virgincrew : Yeah that is standard on LGW Fleet of 744's - has been since the introduction of the Upper Class Suite.
56 Post contains images virgincrew : Sorry .....
57 1stfl94 : That could make more sense as the W pax could disembark first. On the other there would be more noise from the galley
58 Post contains images virgincrew : Sevenheavy .... Are the overhead lockers etc... being updated to new generation ??
59 liverpoola380 : New bins would give it an amazing look and feel
60 sevenheavy : I've heard there are new sidewalls, not sure if that extends to the bins
61 heebeegb : config of 14 Upper class seats ex-LGW? Surely VS could fill more? Depending on config BA has 40 or 48 J seats ex-LGW Also having a W/M split on the UD
62 virgincrew : Before the Upper Class Suite was introduced on the LGW fleet of 744's, part of B zone was Upper Class Seating - but they were sold as Premium Economy
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