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Virgin, Not Taking The A346?  
User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1197 times:

Do any of you know if this is confirmed yet ?. I did hear this from a person with contacts at Boeing. I'm talking about the confirmed A346's, the ones already built or under construction, not the options.

I heard VS will get 772's then later the ordered 773ER's.

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User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1142 times:

i doubt that will happen sorry, virgin is committed to airbus , and with there existing a340 series aircraft, its not viable to change. They will also lose a substansial amount of cash on their deposits.

false info imo


User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1124 times:

I don't understand why they would go for the 777 series.

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1111 times:

They already said they will get the 777-300 ER.

User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1092 times:

This isn't a "make-up" post for that MidEx 717 one is it?

 Laugh out loud


User currently offlineBelugaBoy From Belgium, joined Mar 2001, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1056 times:


They also siad thay would take the A340-600

BTW , they will start a publicity campaign soon where they will put the attention on the fact that they only operate 4 engine aircraft !
How many engines does the 773ER have ? How many engines do the A340 have ?


User currently offlineDELL_dude From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1061 times:

Yes, VS did say that they will be getting the 777, and maybe VS isn't all that satisfied with the Airbus product.

Just my opinion....

DELL_dude



User currently offlineBestwestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7212 posts, RR: 57
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1038 times:

Mr Branson has orders for:

A340-600
A380

777
Boeing High Speed thingy

With such a small fleet, he only needs one, max two of these... my bets are on the A340 and A380



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User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1025 times:

No, this is not to make up for the Midwest Express post. Both are what I've heard.

The Boeing high speed thingy !!!. I like that one.

So Virgin have confirmed they will never fly twin engine aircraft ??. Can anyone confirm that ?


User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1012 times:

As far as I know, Virgin have ordered neither the 777 nor the Sonic Cruiser (yet). I can't really imagine them to be in a situation where they would order new planes. There have been rumours for quite a while that they'd go for the 777-300ER, but nothiing has been confirmed (to my knowledge). At some stage, there have been rumours that Boeing would take the A346s and deliver 777s later - which would give VS a bit of breathing space to allow the economy to recover. But that's all it is: rumours, with (IMO) little substance....

It is definitely known that they are negotiating to delay the A346 deliveries, though.

Regards

Ikarus


User currently offlineTakeflightVA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 986 times:

Hiya,
I read yesterday in some sort of aviation magazine in WHSmith entitled "Flight International" I think that Virgin has DELAYED not cancelled the orders for the A340-600 which won't make it Airbus's launch customer. Nowhere in the whole arttical did it mention the cancellation of the order.

Virgin are extreamly commited to Airbus following the sucsess of the A340-300 range. Orders for the A380 still remain intact. I have heard Virgin has been very interested in the Boeing Sonic Cruser (thingy) and there has been rumours of B777s in the fleet too.

Kind Regards.
Markus


User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 955 times:

I thought Richard Branson was recently quoted as saying his airline was safer than its main rival because it onlly operated 4 engined aircraft on transatlantic routes?

Doesn't that sound like he's sticking with Airbus? But well, I guess these people can say whatever suits them at that moment! But I certainly hope VS remains an A340 operator.



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User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 922 times:

Any cursory glance at most of the aviation news magazines and you'll know that many airliners are 'deferring' delivery of their ordered and completed jets. Not cancelling (most of the time) or rethinking. Just putting off.

It's simply a matter of not needing the capacity.

During the recession of the early 90s, factory fresh 747-400s were flown directly to Mojave (the airliner graveyard) to be stored until they were needed, which they eventually were. I wouldn't be surprised to see the same thing, even with A346's


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