Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10765 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1073 times:
Boeing´s website lists Virgin has 1 744 still on order. Last year there was talk that the last two and the 5 744s originally ordered by Alitalia would be delivered in 2001, but beside the quintet only one other was handed over. The last one is still only in the planning books.
Airchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1026 times:
I haven't heard anything about any more 744's being delivered although as Cabinboy said, the registration G-VROC has been allocated. Maybe it's been deferred until next year? With the extra LGW services being added from next summer there is probably a need for another a/c in addition to the 5 744's and Air Atlanta Classic.
No plans at the moment for the 744ER I think....we'll make do with the A340-600's and A380's for now! There is no real need for the extra range with the current network (LHR-LAX being the longest 744 route at the mo), but maybe in the future when VS start Australia services......
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2600 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 957 times:
As I understood it (and I may well be wrong!)
Virgin's plans were as follows:-
- Virgin ordered 2 B747-400s for delivery in late 2001 before the deal to take the 5 Alitalia B747-400s. As a result only one (G-VWOW) was delivered, with G-VROC being defered until 2003. Most likely to be October/November if it's still coming in 2003...
- With the expanded Carribbean network and operation of Manchester services throughout the winter, Virgin were retaining the 2 Air Atlanta operated B747-200s (TF-ATN and TF-ATW) until at least November 2003, One operating MAN-MCO and the other LHR-LOS until May then LGW-BOS/LGW-TAB-GND