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User currently offlineCabinboy From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 189 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 1 month 4 days ago) and read 1787 times:

Does anybody know how many A340-600s Virgin has ordered, when they will arrive and what their reg's will be?? Thanks!

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User currently offlineA340-Fan From Germany, joined Apr 2002, 252 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

VS ordered 10 long A340' s. The first one will arrive in June 2002. The reg' s can you see at the following Internetsite: www.bird.ch



User currently offlineBombayhog From United States of America, joined May 2001, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1621 times:

How many A346 have been produced so far? I believe there are three, but I'm not sure. Which of these planes that are flying around now will go to VS? Will they receive the prototype? I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I couldn't remember exactly what was said.



User currently offlineA340-Fan From Germany, joined Apr 2002, 252 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

I think that it were 4. Three in Airbus colors, F-WWCA, F-WWCB and F-WWCC and the fourth in VS colors.
F-WWCA will stay with Airbus and F-WWCB/ C will go to VS.
Please correct me if i'm wrong.


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4053 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1465 times:

This is the 4th a/c I think.

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Pic was taken on 15/03/02 so might be in VS colours by now - but not seen any pics on A.net. Will probably be hiding in a hanger until the official ceremony/handover to VS.

Virgin are taking 2 of the prototypes - as replacement for the 2 prototype A340-300's that they currently own, which incidentally are the heaviest a/c with the least powerful engines in the A340 fleet which causes us a nightmare on the JNB and HKG routes. So no doubt in the future we will have the same problem with the first 2 A340-600's.


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User currently offlineSonic99 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1453 times:

Here's a list of delivery dates and rego's, at least for 9 of these aircraft (all are 340-642). There may have been changes, but here here's the meat:

Test reg --> Assigned reg --> delivery date --> MSN

F-WWCD G-VSHY June 2002 383
F-WWCK G-VMEG June 2002 391
F-WWCF G-VOGE July 2002 416
F-WWCI ?? Sept 2002 431
F-WWCM G-VFOX Oct 2002 449
F-WWCO G-VEIL Jan 2003 460
F-WWCP G-VSSH Feb 2003 468
F-WWCB G-VGOA July 2003 371
F-WWCC G-VATL Aug 2003 376

The last two are the second and third prototypes, respectively until final delivery they will be used for pilot training mostly.


User currently offlineCaptain.MD-11 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1425 times:

Does anyone have a good idea which routes they will serve? Just West coast and into Asia or will they be seen else where?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Twins,twins, everywhere.... but where are the three holers?
User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8363 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1352 times:

The VS A340-600's will initially see LHR-HKG-LHR and LHR-NRT-LHR roundtrips first.

I think it is possible that VS may assign the A346 to the LHR-SFO-LHR route, depending on if flights to SFO require the seating space of the 747-400 or not. Otherwise, LHR-SFO-LHR will remain a 744 route.

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