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First Commercial Flight A340-600  
User currently offlineSkippy777 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2001, 816 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5188 times:

VIRGIN ATLANTIC’S A340-600 – THE LONGEST PLANE IN THE WORLD –
TAKES ITS FIRST COMMERCIAL FLIGHT

Virgin Atlantic’s newest arrival, its A340-600, takes its first commercial flight at 18:30 today from Heathrow to New York’s JFK airport. The A340-600 is the longest in the world at 247ft (75.3m) - 16ft (4.8m) longer than any other commercial plane. The aircraft is the first of an order of 10 due to be delivered between now and 2006 – a deal worth $1.9 billion (£1.25 billion). Last week the aircraft was named ‘Claudia Nine’ by supermodel Claudia Schiffer in front of media and VIPs at Virgin Atlantic’s newly built hangar at Heathrow airport before the aircraft flew on to the Farnborough Airshow.

The inaugural flight will be commemorated in traditional airport style with the Heathrow Fire Brigade creating a water arch over the aircraft as it taxis to the runway. Passengers travelling on today’s flight will also be given cake, champagne, t-shirts and certificates to mark their journey on this historic flight.

The new aircraft offers passengers many new onboard features including a redesigned onboard bar and inflight beauty therapy area in Upper Class and new seats for both Premium Economy and Economy passengers. The aircraft also has the most advanced inflight entertainment system in the world which provides passengers with up to 300 hours of video on demand, 14 audio on demand channels, 15 computer games including multi-player games, and a quick find search facility.

The new seats also offer passengers the largest screen in business class at 10.4” and the largest screen in Economy at 9”. Passengers will also notice the new toilets with chrome fittings and mood lighting – and not just for passengers in Upper Class but for everybody throughout the plane.

Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Atlantic, said:

“Today’s inaugural flight is the culmination of five years of hard work from both Virgin Atlantic and Airbus so I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved. The plane is great news for our passengers who will benefit from new products and services onboard including new seats and inflight entertainment.

“We also have one of the youngest fleets in world aviation and the introduction of this new plane brings the average fleet age down to 5 years and 3 months. Once we have got three more A340-600s at the end of this year the average fleet age will be 4 years and 10 months.



“The environmental advantages of this aircraft include 20% less fuel consumption than older generation aircraft and full compliance with the latest QC2 noise limits at Heathrow.



“As well as going farther and being quieter than previous generations the new plane is also longer than any other. That’s why we couldn’t resist writing “mine’s bigger than yours” on the side of the plane!”

Virgin Atlantic’s A340-600s will seat 311 passengers in total – 50 in Upper Class, 28 Premium Economy and 233 Economy. This represents a 25% increase in capacity per aircraft compared to the airline’s current A340-300 fleet, which will be replaced by the new aircraft. The aircraft will also have up to 40% additional cargo capacity. The wings for the aircraft are supplied by Airbus UK and the engines built by Rolls Royce.

The new aircraft has been granted the same pilot type rating as in-service A340-300’s, which reduces flight deck retraining and also provides the airline with increased revenue potential through higher capacity and reduced seat mile costs. The A340-600 has a range of 7,300nm/13,500 km and will be deployed on routes with growing passenger demand. This year the aircraft will fly between Heathrow and New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

THE FACTS:

Length - 75.3m (247ft)
Wing span - 63.4m
Range - 7200nm or 14 hours
Number of seats - 311 seats – 56 more than an A340-300
Crew - 15 cabin crew and between 2 and 4 pilots
Max Take off Weight - 368,000kg
Cargo capacity - 20,000kg
Engines - 4 Rolls Royce Trent engines


Source http://www.travelquality.com

37 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineBells From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5142 times:

Why do they keep saying its 4.8m (16ft) longer than any other plane? That's complete nonsense.

They're comparing it with the 747-400, but the A340-600 is only about 4ft or 1m longer than the 777-300.

The 777-300 is, of course, about 3m longer than the 747.

It would have been nice if Virgin checked out their facts first.

Bells


User currently offlineSkippy777 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2001, 816 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5120 times:

Yeh you are wright, I should have been on this flight, but I broke my leg, so that is what we call bad luck.

User currently offlineBells From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5117 times:

Interestingly enough, I just broke my leg too. I couldn't go to the Farnborough Air Show!

User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2175 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5018 times:

Have they published a seat map?

BA777


User currently onlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4754 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4984 times:

Hmm, 10.7" screen in Business Class largest in the world? How big is SQ's installed with the Spacebed?

MAS' screen is also 10.7"...



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User currently offlineSkippy777 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2001, 816 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4876 times:

SQ's monitor is also 10.7 I believe.

User currently offlineEugdog From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4786 times:

Which plane has more potential seat capacity - the 777-300 or the A340-600 - because although the A340-600 is longer (aesthetically too long in my view) it is thinner then the 777-300

User currently offlineF.pier From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 1523 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4740 times:

If I were in London I wouldn't lose the show!!!
I'd go to Heathrow NOW!!!!


User currently offlineJoni From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4685 times:


Eugdog,

The maximun seating capacity of 346 depends on whether or not the lavatories and galleys are on the lower deck. Moving them there releases space for 30 (IIRC) seats on the main deck.



User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4705 times:
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when does it arrive @ JFK?


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User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4670 times:

Judging by this picture, I don't think the lavs are below pax deck. There are some blank windows overwing which suggest that there are lavatories in mid cabin. I would hardly think that it is viable for a scheduled airline like VS to waste valuable belly space which can otherwise be utilised for fuel or freight. VS intends to fly the -600 on the LHR-HKG route which will require all the fuel the bird can hold to maximise on payload.


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User currently offlineNWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4643 times:

It's certainly not the longest plane in the world, the An-225 beat's it and the 773 by a long shot.



-NWA742


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4613 times:

The An-225 is 84.04 meters long (8.74 meters longer than the A340-600). The A340-600 is the same length as the C-5.


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineEastCoast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4613 times:

Scheduled to arrive at KJFK at 9:10pm

User currently offlineSkippy777 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2001, 816 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4556 times:

Well I voted for Virgin Atlantic on http://www.travelquality.com/flights.htm
I sure hope that I can fly the A340-600 next month when my leg is better.

I hope for a flight to Hong Kong


User currently offlineAamd11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1059 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4533 times:

When they say longest, they mean longer than any other commercial plane

Not longest ever aircraft, because obviously its the An225 or whatever.

I would like to get the chance to fly on that thing, im not a bit gan of the A340 in its current form, but i do like the new -500 and -600 [partly because they have RR engines on them  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

A^A MD-11


User currently offlineEastCoast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4465 times:

Well "Claudia Nine" is on her way to KJFK. I called by buddy at JFK Tower and he notified me that the tower was notified of her expected arrival time of 21:10. There are quite a few taxiways that are prohibited to this aircraft, do to the turning ratio of the A340-600.

Well, he offered me to stop by the tower to see for myself, how can one refuse.

Later!


User currently offlineQatarAirways From Qatar, joined Sep 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4438 times:

Skippy,

I have a suggestion for your voting system on Travel Quality. You can only vote for certain airlines on your website. For example I wanted to vote First Class for QR who have an excellent F Product exceeding many of the airlines on your list but can't. I think you should adopt a system like Skytrax where if the airline is not listed you can just type in the name.


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4393 times:

Well,she left LHR at 1930 instead of 1830 so 2110 would be impressive to make so might land at closer to 2140.Nice plane!

User currently offlineROSWELL41 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 778 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4332 times:

She's here!!! Listening to the scanner and Claudia Nine (VS9) touched down on runway 13R this evening at 21:20 local time.

User currently offlineRen41 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4325 times:

Airline Virgin Atlantic Airways
Flight Number 9
Departure City (Airport) London, England, Great Britain (EGLL)
Departure Time 08/01/2002 06:57 PM
Arrival City (Airport) New York, NY (JFK)
Arrival Time 08/01/2002 09:02 PM
Remaining Flight Time 00:00
Aircraft Type A346
Current Altitude 0 feet
Current Groundspeed 0 mph
Flight Status Arrived
(flytecomm)



User currently offlineEastCoast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4320 times:

Yes, she is here as I view here form JFK Tower.

What a site to see....... wish it was daylight.


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5497 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4296 times:

I would have loved to be on that first flight...I'm sure Branson threw a bad little party for it.

User currently offlineSailorOrion From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 2058 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (12 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4218 times:

Welcome to the skies, A340-600

SailorOrion


25 Gordonroxburgh : So when is she due back from JFK to LHR
26 Joni : LMML, A commercial airline makes more money flying passengers, than by flying freight or fuel on that same space. If they need the capacity, they can
27 Skippy777 : Skippy, I have a suggestion for your voting system on Travel Quality. You can only vote for certain airlines on your website. For example I wanted to
28 Post contains images Leezyjet : "A commercial airline makes more money flying passengers, than by flying freight or fuel on that same space" Not necessairily, an airline can make jus
29 LMML 14/32 : "A commercial airline makes more money flying passengers, than by flying freight or fuel on that same space" I checked VS web site and some fares: LHR
30 Joni : LMML, I've also earlier heard that freight would be more lucrative than passengers and at one point I inquired from Finnair if this was the case. The
31 LMML 14/32 : Note that the space freed by moving lavatories below deck can also be used to increase business class space, not only economy class. True. But there a
32 Skippy777 : Are there any pictures of the arrival in JFK uploaded ? First landing and take of should be nice ( as the commercial flight concerns )
33 EastCoast : Problem is the plane arrives at 9:10pm and leaves at 11:30pm.
34 Post contains images Leezyjet : Eastcoast, How's your model coming on ? Which name are you going with ?.
35 Skippy777 : I am suppose to fly back from Hong kong on the 16 of Oktober and it says 346 flying back. So that will be my survey flight. Keep you informed
36 Post contains links and images EastCoast : Leezyjet - I told Bader to use the "Claudia Nine", just like the photo except no tape. View Large View MediumPhoto © Paul Dopson View Large View
37 EastCoast : Also, I have seen the plane 4 out of the 5 days it has flown to JFK.
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