na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11284 posts, RR: 9 Posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 9727 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!
AAMDanny From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 419 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9492 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.
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.