Hkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1276 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.
THIS IS NOT CONFIRMED
IndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 3106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1221 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.
BelugaBoy From Belgium, joined Mar 2001, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1135 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 ?
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1091 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.
TakeflightVA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1065 times:
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.
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1001 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