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Future Of Virgin 747 Classics  
User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1643 times:

The other day, as I disembarked from my Virgin A340 from Cape Town, and walked to arrivals, I noticed a Virgin 742 parked next to us, and was quite surprised; I thought Virgin had withdrawn it's Classic fleet with immediate effect?

Obviously not, so what is the story with these a/c? Will they continue to fly for Virgin in the near-future? Do Virgin have any plans for their Classic fleet?

And could anyone tell me whether VS owns ex-Cathay equipment?; I am guessing this might be the case, because the a/c I saw had RR engines.


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User currently offlineCaptain.MD-11 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day ago) and read 1596 times:

Virgin has or certainly did have ex-Cathay equipment in their fleet, the exact number I do not know.Conduct a search of the forum becuse I remember someone who gave precise info about what 742's Virgin is flying at the minute  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineJetstreamer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 20 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

G-VCAT & G-VRUM were the ex-Cathay a/c in the fleet. They have both now retired.

The plans for the remaining classics seem to change. This is the latest info that I have:-

G-VSSS operating until Jan 10th then resting until the MAN-MCO service restarts in May.

G-VZZZ operating until the end of Jan.

G-VIBE operating until early Feb.

G-VPUF operating until April and possibly beyond.

Hope this helps.

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 20 hours ago) and read 1548 times:

Yes, I understand plans are always sketchy, especially in these times.

Is there any info on the history of G-VZZZ? This is the a/c I was actually referring to-I think it has RR engines, although I'm not sure. Do you have any info about who operated the a/c before Virgin?

Thanks for the info.

User currently offlineKiwi dave From New Zealand, joined Aug 2000, 895 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 20 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

G-VZZZ is a ex Air New Zealand aircraft I think not sure of the rego it had while flying for Air New Zealand.

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 20 hours ago) and read 1528 times:

Thanks Dave-quite interesting! I was curious partly because I flew this bird to Chicago last June.


User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4575 posts, RR: 41
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 18 hours ago) and read 1517 times:

Capt.Picard, Kiwi dave: Here are what VS's 747-200s used to be registered as with Air New Zealand:


Capt Picard, here is the full info on -VZZZ, from Bill Harms' census:

Serial number: 22722
Line number: 523
Type: B747-219B
Engines: RB211-524D4
Delivered: 05/22/81 (to Air New Zealand)
Registration: G-VZZZ
Previous registrations: ZK-NZV

Say, anyone know what is happened with G-VBEE? And what will become of these aircraft once they are out of Virgin's fleet - hopefully not scrapping, they are part of New Zealand's history, and I hope at least one can be preserved over here!

Hope the above info is useful


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User currently offlineKiwi dave From New Zealand, joined Aug 2000, 895 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 14 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

I hope so to as I like the 747 classics

User currently offlineVgnAtl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1514 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 13 hours ago) and read 1461 times:

Once we figure out what is/isn't still flying with VS, somebody please let me know, I just updated the fleet page on my website, and I want to make sure its all correct now.

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User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 13 hours ago) and read 1458 times:

I have to agree. It is definately confusing to figure out which VS "Classics" are still operating and which ones are not! It is a shame that they have been withdrawn earlier than expected.

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User currently offlineC-GRYK From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 751 posts, RR: 36
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 10 hours ago) and read 1443 times:

It is relatively easy to figure out if you read Jetstreamer's post. VIRG/VGIN/VCAT/VRUM/VBEE are not flying for Virgin Atlantic anymore, VSSS/VIBE/VZZZ/VPUF are still flying, all out of LHR if I judge things correctly (Newark/Lagos/Delhi seem to be the last cities with classics, I'm not 100% on this though).


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User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 373 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 7 hours ago) and read 1424 times:

VGIN is now 5N-EEE with Kabo Air
VIRG is now 5N-NNN with Kabo Air

VRUM should now be TF-ATV with Air Atlanta and its stored at MSE

VCAT + VBEE are both under "potential change of ownership" and these two allegedly  Big grin will be going to Atlanta too.



User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 1394 times:

I thought they just spent money on modifying the cockpit doors of one of their classic 747s. What's happening to that one?

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User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 1391 times:

They may have decided to modify the cockpit doors right after the September 11th attacks, not neccesarily anticipating such a slump in worldwide passenger operations. Also, cockpit door modifications, even if initially done on grounded aircraft, would enhance their resale value I would imagine. My 2 cents anyway.

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