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VS 744 Going To Orient Thai  
User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10640 posts, RR: 9
Posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 8943 times:

Virgin Atlantic has phased out one of their older 744s, their third-oldest to be precise. G-VTOP has spend exactly 16 years in VS Red. It´ll be operated by Orient Thai from now. Lets hope they give her a decent coat of paint!

http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/regdb.main?LC=nav4&page=3

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User currently offlineAAMDanny From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 351 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8708 times:

Should be easy to reconfiged into Orient Thai config, it was in 14J 62W 380Y with VS, it was a LHR based aircraft before moving to Gatwick and being put in a high-Y class config. She's going to be missed by the Virgin crew.

[Edited 2013-02-12 10:30:59]

User currently offlineanstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5160 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8588 times:

Quoting AAMDanny (Reply 1):
14J 26W 380Y

Actually I believe it was 14J 58W 379Y

Quoting AAMDanny (Reply 1):
She's going to be missed by the Virgin crew.

Really? Many I have spoken to will be glad to see the back of her!


User currently offlineAAMDanny From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 351 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7891 times:

Quoting anstar (Reply 2):
Actually I believe it was 14J 58W 379Y

I thought VAST/VXLG/VTOP was in 380Y and ROM/LIP/GAL/ROY/ROS had 379Y.

I loved working on her, she was always full of surprises!


User currently offlinesevenheavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7636 times:

AST/XLG and TOP were indeed J14 W58 Y380 configuration. The onboard economy configuration was actually quite different due to the lack of the flight service manager station in Front of L2.

TOP was a nice aircraft. Before the refits the three ex LHR aircraft were always slightly nicer to fly on than the B747-443s due to the marginally better IFE.

Always sad to see a B747 move on.....



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User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12876 posts, RR: 100
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7145 times:
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Quoting sevenheavy (Reply 4):
Always sad to see a B747 move on.....

I'm excited as the plane will still keep flying! Too many 744s do not find a buyer...

Albeit, I'm not a fan of the type's economics (anymore).

Lightsaber



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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7383 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4019 times:

G-VTOP is the fourth oldest 744 in the VS fleet having been first registered on 28 Jan 97. By 31 Dec 2011 it had accumulated 71,198 flying hours.

VS's older 744s are:

G-VFAB (28 Apr 94, 86,164 hrs)

G-VHOT (11 Oct 94, 84,217 hrs)

G-VBIG (10 Aug 96, 75,390 hrs)


User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10640 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3721 times:

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 5):
I'm excited as the plane will still keep flying!

Well, its from 1997, so should fly 5 years longer easily.

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 5):
Too many 744s do not find a buyer...

That only refers to aircraft built around 1990 and whose time has come in most cases anyway. As much as I know, and I regularly check that, there are only a handful of pax-744s in storage which are younger than 20 years. Quite a feat and a testament to the type´s value. I doubt we can say that in 20 years of planes built today.

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 5):
Albeit, I'm not a fan of the type's economics (anymore).

Its still a good plane also economically with hundreds in service for years to come, remember the last pax-744 was built almost 9 years ago.

Quoting VV701 (Reply 6):

Thanks.


User currently offlineaireuropeuk733 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 976 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3482 times:

According to on-line sources this is due into LGW from MAN this afternoon (13 Feb) in all white with Orient Thai titles.

AE733



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