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User currently offlineRw774477 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1117 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

When they started out with just 1 747, what did they do when the a/c went in for service or checks ?


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User currently offlineVgnAtl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1536 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 1992 times:

They only had one aircraft for a short time. I would guess that they didn't have any service or extensive specs/refits while they were only operating the one aircraft. The airline started in '84, and I believe by the end of '85 (or the early part of '86), they had 3 aircraft. So I wouldn't think they'd have to deal with extensive checks. Most likley, they just cancelled service on those days, or borrowed an aircraft from another airline. It is a good question though. Maybe someone out there has a better answer?

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User currently offlineAFC_ajax00 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 775 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 1984 times:

I beleive they leased a 747 that had just been through a serious check, and therefore they could fly for a while, the time needed to see whether the airline would fail or not. Evidently it didn't so I presume they either had leased more 747's or they temperarily wet leased them.

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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 1978 times:

I remember they then bought/leased some Vickers Viscounts..

User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6383 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 1962 times:

This is way off topic but I've seen a bunch of buses that say Virgin Territory here in Central Flordia. Is this to move British tourist around the Central Florida area or is this a bus company formed by Branson here in Florida? The Buses look really nice with a really big American flag around them.

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User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4555 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1934 times:

It seems that in April of 1986, Gatwick-Miami was opened. A second aircraft was needed and G-VGIN "Scarlet Lady" was acquired. When one thinks about it, this airline sure has come a long way since 1 airplane and one route. Now they operate 12 747-400s and 10 A340-300s. Does anyone know how many 747 "Classics" are still operating?

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User currently offlineBmi330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1455 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1923 times:

6 classics i think not sure though

User currently offlineLowsonboy From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

Their website has info about when the acquired all their planes (inc. types) and (I think) which ones are still in service.

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