Jiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2450 times:
Virgin Atlantic's japanese press release has unveiled that starting this summer, daily A340-300 service will upgrade to A340-600 when the airline receives 1st A346.
Virgin Atlantic will receive 1st A340-600 this June, with another 3 by October, and the rest of the 6 by 2006. Seating configuration will have 50 Upper Class, 28 Premium Economy and 241 Economy seats, a total of 319. The capacity will increase by 25%.
A340-600 will be the main aircraft flying to US west Coast and Asia.
Smolt From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2298 times:
Narita is surrounded by many small hills,
and ground surface is up and down around. This often seem to cause wind-shear and turbulence to easily happen.
I hope not to get its looong tail struck on runway...
Yes, the tail strike in the picture is intentional. As the caption says, it is undergoing Vmu trials, which mean Minimum Unstick Speed. In other words, they are finding out what is the slowest speed at which the aircraft will leave the ground. I have seen similar pictures for the Boeing 777 prototype - on that a large pieceof wood was used to protect the actual aircraft from damage. If you look closely at the picture, you can see some form of buffer under the tail, I wouldnt have a clue if it is wood or if there is some new high tech material they use.
Hoep this clears things up - the caption could be a bit less ambiguous on the photo IMO.
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RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8063 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2032 times:
I have a feeling that VS will continue to fly the 747-400 on the LHR-SFO-LHR route, but likely will do an interior upgrade on their 744 fleet in a couple of years. Mostly because VS has the traffic to continue flying the 744 on this route.
Nightcruiser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2007 times:
PW100, in a 3 class configuration, the A340-600 seats about 380 people. In a 3 class configuration, the 747-300/400 seats about 416 people. Max. range for the 747-400 is around 8,000 to 8,500 miles(although one QF 744 flew from London to Sydney nonstop, a distance of over 11,000 miles!), depending on what engines the aircraft runs on. For the A340-600, its around 8,000 miles. Hope this helps, dude .
Scottb From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6870 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1948 times:
According to Virgin Atlantic's press kit, their 747-400 fleet has two configurations; one holding 386 passengers in 3 classes (Upper, Premium Economy, Economy) and another holding 439 passengers in 3 classes (I'm guessing these go to the Caribbean and Florida). The A340-300's seem to be configured for 255 passengers. It's interesting that the majority of the increase in seats will be for cattle class; this seems to run against BA's strategy.
Is the A340-600 delivery still on schedule for June, given the issues which cropped up with the landing gear during testing?
Spaceman From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 534 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1890 times:
How come they don't have business class in their layout. And what's this upper class is it the equivalent of a first class that the other airlines have? They have 50 upper class seats if that's their first class seats that's alot of seats!