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G-VROC Converted To LGW Configuration?  
User currently offlinespiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3390 times:

I live near JFK and used to see G-VROC fly in on flight VIR45/46 frequently, being rotated with G-VBIG and G-VHOT. I was looking on flightaware and noticed that G-VROC has been operating LGW-BGI and other caribbean destinations, and thought, "Oh, alright. It's been operating some Caribbean flights recently", but then realized it was Bridgetown to GATWICK! Was this aircraft converted to the Gatwick/Manchester configuration? If so, why? Is it because of G-VRAY and other a330s coming online?

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/GVROC

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User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1619 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3339 times:

VROC is still in LGR config...

Bridgetown has in the past had LHR configured 747's as it has higher demand in premium classes.

The LGW is also currently being refitted, so I guess they need cover from the LHR fleet to
Maintain the schedule.


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1292 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3090 times:

BGI is frequently operated by a LHR config. Last year VFAB was based at LGW for many months. I believe VROC is operating the inaugural VS flight to CUN as we speak.


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User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3239 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3053 times:

Inaugural was weeks ago, this " inaugural" is the one with the leader on board, hence a LHR config.

User currently offlineVIR744 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2483 times:

G-VROC is providing C check cover for G-VROS & G-VGAL. It will be returning to LHR on Wednesday with G-VBIG coming down to LGW in its place.

User currently offlineAAMDanny From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2059 times:

Hi VIR744, How long will ROS & GAL be gone for?

VS have been sending the LHR config 747's into LGW for years now, primarily in the winter so routes like BGI and occasionally UVF & ANU have the extra J and W capacity (and the better IFE system) so it's an win-win with customers and revenue.


User currently offlinepsimpson From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1812 times:

Viewing my Airnav Radarbox Hong Kong network yesterday morning, i saw Virgin Atlantic B747-400 G-VAST arriving into Hong Kong as VIR812P. This might also explain why B747-400 G-VROC is operating out of LGW .

User currently offlinesevenheavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1156 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1772 times:

Quoting psimpson (Reply 6):
Viewing my Airnav Radarbox Hong Kong network yesterday morning, i saw Virgin Atlantic B747-400 G-VAST arriving into Hong Kong as VIR812P. This might also explain why B747-400 G-VROC is operating out of LGW .

G-VAST's refit is complete. It was leaving HKG and is back in service today. G-VLIP is due in HKG tomorrow and is the third B744 in for the refit.



So long 701, it was nice knowing you.
User currently offlineVIR744 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

Quoting AAMDanny (Reply 5):
Hi VIR744, How long will ROS & GAL be gone for?

G-VROS is back from FRA, G-VGAL is out there at the moment. I'm not sure how soon it is due back but won't be too far off now as it is just a C check, although these are getting longer nowadays.


User currently offlinespiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1456 times:

Quoting VIR744 (Reply 8):
G-VROS is back from FRA, G-VGAL is out there at the moment. I'm not sure how soon it is due back but won't be too far off now as it is just a C check, although these are getting longer nowadays.

I wasn't aware that they did their checks in FRA. Must be cool to be spotting at FRA and see a VS 744 coming in amongst all the LH aircraft!


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