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Etihad Using Virgin Australia B777 - Odd!  
User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3947 posts, RR: 18
Posted (2 years 2 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 15661 times:

Just picked up ETD411 KUL-AUH coming across the Arabian Sea on HF, aircraft is Virgin Australia's B77W VH-VPE from selcal ! Thought I'd misheard at first but SBS data confirms. Wouldn't have thought that Virgin would have a spare plane as they seem to operate a fairly tight schedule.    I wonder what happened to the people planning to fly AUH-SYD on VAU30 ??

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User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1837 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 15358 times:

Quoting RobK (Thread starter):
Just picked up ETD411 KUL-AUH coming across the Arabian Sea on HF, aircraft is Virgin Australia's B77W VH-VPE from selcal ! Thought I'd misheard at first but SBS data confirms. Wouldn't have thought that Virgin would have a spare plane as they seem to operate a fairly tight schedule. I wonder what happened to the people planning to fly AUH-SYD on VAU30 ??

It was already discussed somewhere here. EY is using VS metal on its flights to KUL, at least on some weekly flights.  



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User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3947 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 14976 times:

Thanks for the info QatarA340!   

User currently offlineDeltaB717 From Australia, joined Jun 2012, 488 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 13980 times:
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Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 1):
EY is using VS metal on its flights to KUL

The VA 77W is operating EY411/418 every Sunday on partial wet lease from VA. This gives EY extra lift and also gives the VA aircraft something to do while it would otherwise be parked in AUH for 30+ hours.


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 13980 times:

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 1):

Slight nitpick: VA.  

I think I saw it on the "Aeroflot 7 hrs on the ground in MIA", but VA has a 34 hr ground stop in AUH to use the plane to KUL in the meantime.  

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User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4919 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 13139 times:

Quoting DeltaB717 (Reply 3):

+30 hour turn around time??? That's one hell of a turn around time... Well at least the aircraft are being utilized...

EK413



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User currently offlineDeltaB717 From Australia, joined Jun 2012, 488 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 12678 times:
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Quoting EK413 (Reply 5):
+30 hour turn around time???

Yup, has been that way since they started the SYD-AUH service... seems strange to me given, as others have said, they run a really tight schedule with the 77Ws. Assume it has to do with the way VA and EY have jointly structured their SYD-AUH services? Or perhaps to do with the crew rest requirements for VA crew with only a 3-weekly operation? Not sure, but yes it's good to see the aircraft working through that time.


User currently offlineLufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3213 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 12549 times:

Does the aircraft go out with Etihad crew or VA crew?

User currently offlinephxa340 From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 891 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 11271 times:

Quoting Lufthansa (Reply 7):
Does the aircraft go out with Etihad crew or VA crew?

Wet lease would indicate it is using a VA crew.


User currently offlinewinglets747 From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 11252 times:
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There had been a thought to use the layover to do a tag-on service from AUH to Europe (Rome and Athens were pondered) but the economic downturn nixed that.

Some further insight on the move: http://centreforaviation.com/blogs/s...ad-for-kuala-lumpur-services-69549



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User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1086 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10753 times:

So the aircraft is flying SYD-AUH-KUL-AUH-SYD?

I hope they will bring back VA 77W to Phuket too! Rotation could be SYD-AUH-HKT-AUH-SYD,
darn, they can actually do MEL-HKT-AUH-HKT-BNE etc.  
So sad VA is gone  



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User currently offlineDeltaB717 From Australia, joined Jun 2012, 488 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10681 times:
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Quoting nethkt (Reply 10):
So the aircraft is flying SYD-AUH-KUL-AUH-SYD?

Correct, VA29 / EY411 / EY418 / VA30

Quoting phxa340 (Reply 8):
Wet lease would indicate it is using a VA crew.

I understand it's a partial wet lease not a full wet lease... I believe in this case it's VA flight deck crew with EY cabin crew as opposed to a full wet lease which would be full VA crew throughout the aircraft.


User currently offlineaznmadsci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3667 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9953 times:

Quoting DeltaB717 (Reply 11):
full wet lease which would be full VA crew throughout the aircraft

I've got a couple of questions. On a full wet lease, would the VA crew wear EY uniforms or their own? Is there an EY cabin crew on board the flight? What's the duty schedule for this flight? SYD-AUH-rest-AUH-KUL-rest-KUL-AUH-rest-AUH-SYD?



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User currently offlineIDAWA From Italy, joined Aug 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9566 times:

Quoting DeltaB717 (Reply 11):
I understand it's a partial wet lease not a full wet lease... I believe in this case it's VA flight deck crew with EY cabin crew as opposed to a full wet lease which would be full VA crew throughout the aircraft.

So it's a damp lease?



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User currently offlinespiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

I have also seen pictures of an ET 77W operating VA flights out of SYD in the database

User currently offlineAussie_ From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1766 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3390 times:

Crew are VA crew in VA uniforms, though one EY cabin crew also travels as an 'ambassador'.

User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4919 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3191 times:

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 14):

This is due to one of VA B77W out of service for maintenance, interior refurbishment and repainted in the NEW VA color scheme...

EK413



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User currently offlinescanorama From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

Which callsign does the flight use? Does it use V-Oz or Etihad?

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