JamesCousins
Topic Author
Posts: 212
Joined: Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:19 pm

Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:23 pm

Virgin Atlantic have withdrawn aptly named A340-600 aircraft 'Sleeping Beauty' from long-term storage, where it has sat since 2015, after purchase from it's former lessor. As a thank you to all of it's employees, specifically those responsible for the associated maintenance with bringing an aircraft out of long term storage, a special livery with the words 'a big virgin atlantic thank you' has been painted on the side of the aircraft, with the word 'rejuvenated' printed under the 'Sleeping Beauty' aircraft name. https://blog.virginatlantic.com/sleepin ... ck-g-vnap/

Without anthropomorphising our aircraft too much, Sleeping Beauty, one of our former Airbus A340-600 aircraft has been fast asleep in storage in Tarbes, France since 2015. After this long hibernation, our engineering teams have woken her up, checked her over and she is rejoining our fleet again. To celebrate, she’s had a rather special paint job.

 
KLDC10
Posts: 1011
Joined: Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:15 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:25 pm

It's nice to see an A340 brought out of retirement, but the lack of any capitalization in the titles makes it quite difficult to read. At first glance I read "abig" instead of "A big".
DC9/MD90/MD11/F70/BAE146/Q400/737/738/739/744/748/752/763/772/A320/A321/A332/A333/A346/E170/E175/E190
 
JamesCousins
Topic Author
Posts: 212
Joined: Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:19 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:31 pm

KLDC10 wrote:
It's nice to see an A340 brought out of retirement, but the lack of any capitalization in the titles makes it quite difficult to read. At first glance I read "abig" instead of "A big".


Agree, the thin font and narrow spacing don't help either, although it may be easier to read in person.
 
User avatar
readytotaxi
Posts: 5274
Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:09 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:51 pm

What is the plan for this lady, another five years service perhaps?
you don't get a second chance to make a first impression!
Growing older, but not up.
 
JamesCousins
Topic Author
Posts: 212
Joined: Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:19 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:53 pm

readytotaxi wrote:
What is the plan for this lady, another five years service perhaps?


Nothing concrete as of yet I believe, however I would guess since they own this aircraft, whereas the rest of the A340 fleet is leased it will be the last to be replaced by the incoming A350 deliveries. It is also worth noting it hasn't seen the more expensive metallic paint, but about 5 years seems reasonable to me. There's going to be a fair few AC leaving the fleet, what with the 747s & A340s being replaced with the A35Ks
 
oldannyboy
Posts: 1759
Joined: Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:28 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:57 pm

What a magnificent aircraft. The long script somehow makes the long fuselage look even longer....wow! Stunning!
 
User avatar
JannEejit
Posts: 922
Joined: Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:04 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:01 pm

Hard to tell from the pics, but have they opted for the flat non metallic red paint, as per the ex Air Berlin A332's ? Something I've come to refer to as 'emergency lease red' ? ;-)
 
User avatar
reffado
Posts: 518
Joined: Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:47 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:08 pm

Is this the only A346 they have in their new livery? They've been doing quite a bit of filling in for the parked 787s, so might be an opportunity for spotters to see them at various locations.
 
TC957
Posts: 2897
Joined: Wed May 23, 2012 1:12 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:14 pm

She'll be replacing an existing 346 which is coming to the end of it's lease from what I've read. The A346 fleet will remain at 7. Which frame will leave ?
But it would be great of VS would bring back a couple at least more !
 
User avatar
neomax
Posts: 637
Joined: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:26 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:30 pm

Looks like G-VNAP woke up from her nap!
 
User avatar
JannEejit
Posts: 922
Joined: Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:04 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:12 pm

JannEejit wrote:
Hard to tell from the pics, but have they opted for the flat non metallic red paint, as per the ex Air Berlin A332's ? Something I've come to refer to as 'emergency lease red' ? ;-)


Ah... info incuded in post by OP two above mine as I type. So flat red it is...
 
Armodeen
Posts: 926
Joined: Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:17 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:54 pm

JannEejit wrote:
Hard to tell from the pics, but have they opted for the flat non metallic red paint, as per the ex Air Berlin A332's ? Something I've come to refer to as 'emergency lease red' ? ;-)


Yes they have. And lol, I like it!
 
User avatar
TedToToe
Posts: 580
Joined: Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:43 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:12 pm

Anybody would think SRB is back at the controls!
 
User avatar
Dutchy
Posts: 5527
Joined: Sat Nov 03, 2007 1:25 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:13 pm

4 engines, 4 long haul, 4 ever :D
Many happy landings, greetings from The Netherlands!
 
Antarius
Posts: 592
Joined: Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:27 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:22 pm

This takes Billboard livery to a whole new level.
2018 : AUA | CLT | IAH | HOU | DFW | COS | DEN | CLL | ORD | PVG | PEK | PHX | OAK | SFO | SJC | PHL | YYC | STL | DTW | HNL | OGG | JFK | LGA
 
stl07
Posts: 499
Joined: Mon May 01, 2017 8:57 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:37 am

why was it woken back up?
 
User avatar
JannEejit
Posts: 922
Joined: Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:04 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:41 am

stl07 wrote:
why was it woken back up?


To replace a 'returning to lessor' A346 frame that couldn't be renegotiated for some reason. And also because of 787-9 engine issues ongoing.
 
ltbewr
Posts: 13299
Joined: Thu Jan 29, 2004 1:24 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:53 am

So, what routes will this a/c and the other 340's be mainly used on ?
 
BestWestern
Posts: 7942
Joined: Fri Sep 08, 2000 8:46 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:05 am

Whoever would have thought that a 340 would be replacing a 787!
Greetings from Hong Kong.... a subsidiary of China Inc.
 
horizon360
Posts: 63
Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:48 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:21 am

Quite a capacity upgrade over their 787-9. It's an extra 52 seats or so?
 
User avatar
77west
Posts: 927
Joined: Sat Jun 13, 2009 11:52 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:07 am

horizon360 wrote:
Quite a capacity upgrade over their 787-9. It's an extra 52 seats or so?


Yes but better to fly with 52 empty seats than have to cancel the flight because your 787-9 is sitting engineless...
77West - AW109S - BE90 - JS31 - B1900 - Q300 - ATR72 - DC9-30 - MD80 - B733 - A320 - B738 - A300-B4 - B773 - B77W
 
Zidane
Posts: 51
Joined: Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:44 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:13 am

Virgin, oddly enough, has never utilised the A346s outside LHR AFAIK. Should be the same old routes, would love if they were frequent at LGW though.
 
horizon360
Posts: 63
Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:48 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:51 am

77west wrote:
Yes but better to fly with 52 empty seats than have to cancel the flight because your 787-9 is sitting engineless...


Which raises a question. Given the A346's inefficiency vs the 789, IF Virgin could fill all those extra 52 seats would it make up for the extra costs associated with running it?
 
User avatar
aemoreira1981
Posts: 1478
Joined: Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:17 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:53 am

reffado wrote:
Is this the only A346 they have in their new livery? They've been doing quite a bit of filling in for the parked 787s, so might be an opportunity for spotters to see them at various locations.


Right now, yes. G-VGAS, G-VEIL, G-VELD, and G-VFAR made it to the new livery before being returned to Airbus (the lessor for the first two) or AerCap (owner of G-VELD) or retired and scrapped (G-VFAR was owned by VS). I presume Heathrow based?
 
User001
Posts: 623
Joined: Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:18 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:19 am

Zidane wrote:
Virgin, oddly enough, has never utilised the A346s outside LHR AFAIK. Should be the same old routes, would love if they were frequent at LGW though.


They operated the A346 frequently on MAN-LAS a few summers ago, about 2014/2015 IIRC.
 
skipness1E
Posts: 4045
Joined: Sun Aug 19, 2007 9:18 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:33 am

When BA reactivated G-BNLG from KVCV after storage, it was a hangar queen of sorts. It’s never the same again after being inactive so long. Willl they be fitting Wifi to G-VNAP do we know?
 
AAMDanny
Posts: 252
Joined: Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:06 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:18 am

aemoreira1981 wrote:
reffado wrote:
Is this the only A346 they have in their new livery? They've been doing quite a bit of filling in for the parked 787s, so might be an opportunity for spotters to see them at various locations.


Right now, yes. G-VGAS, G-VEIL, G-VELD, and G-VFAR made it to the new livery before being returned to Airbus (the lessor for the first two) or AerCap (owner of G-VELD) or retired and scrapped (G-VFAR was owned by VS). I presume Heathrow based?


VFAR certainly did make it into the Billboard livery, however was a A340-300's and like it's sister ship VFAR another -300, has also been scrapped somewhere in the states.
 
TC957
Posts: 2897
Joined: Wed May 23, 2012 1:12 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:06 am

I'm sure VNAP will be doing lots of JFK runs - the 45 UC seats will be needed and better than the 31 on the 789's to compete with BA's hi-J 86J 744's on JFK flights.
 
User avatar
Richard28
Posts: 2002
Joined: Thu Aug 14, 2003 5:42 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:54 am

TC957 wrote:
I'm sure VNAP will be doing lots of JFK runs - the 45 UC seats will be needed and better than the 31 on the 789's to compete with BA's hi-J 86J 744's on JFK flights.


I agree

On the short JFK runs the disadvantage of lower fuel efficiency (compared to the A333s and B789s) will also be less of a financial hit to VS.
 
User avatar
chunhimlai
Posts: 77
Joined: Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:03 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:08 pm

Do VS have enough A35K to replace their A346 and B744 fleet?
 
User avatar
Pellegrine
Posts: 2072
Joined: Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:19 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:25 pm

"Just Gorgeous"
oh boy, here we go!!!
 
Eurowingsa320
Posts: 8
Joined: Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:57 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:34 pm

Does anyone know when it will be in schedule service?
 
User avatar
JetBuddy
Posts: 1899
Joined: Wed Dec 25, 2013 1:04 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:36 pm

She looks really great. A340-600s are really elegant, especially in Virgin Atlantic livery.
 
User avatar
CarbonFibre
Posts: 164
Joined: Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:02 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:54 pm

reffado wrote:
Is this the only A346 they have in their new livery?


At the moment, yes. VEIL was as well but left the fleet in 2016.
 
wawaman
Posts: 11
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:05 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:19 pm

VNAP is just re-positioning MAN -> LHR. So I assume she returns to service tonight/tomorrow.
 
pasu129
Posts: 492
Joined: Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:39 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:14 pm

Will VS use VNAP on LGW-LAS-LGW? Vegas is a popular destination for the Brits
Viva Las Vegas
 
JamesCousins
Topic Author
Posts: 212
Joined: Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:19 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:18 pm

pasu129 wrote:
Will VS use VNAP on LGW-LAS-LGW? Vegas is a popular destination for the Brits


Nope. The A340 has always been LHR based (aside from the odd occasion as mentioned above), the 744's usually take Vegas, due to high economy configs
 
JamesCousins
Topic Author
Posts: 212
Joined: Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:19 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:20 pm

skipness1E wrote:
When BA reactivated G-BNLG from KVCV after storage, it was a hangar queen of sorts. It’s never the same again after being inactive so long. Willl they be fitting Wifi to G-VNAP do we know?


It doesn't have the WiFi domes up top in the photos I've seen, but I think they may have to? They advertise that they're the only EU carrier to have an all WI-Fi fleet all over the place, so they'll have to honour that. Plus if the A/C sees 5 years of service anyways it should pay for itself.
 
JamesCousins
Topic Author
Posts: 212
Joined: Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:19 pm

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:22 pm

Zidane wrote:
Virgin, oddly enough, has never utilised the A346s outside LHR AFAIK. Should be the same old routes, would love if they were frequent at LGW though.


What like they haven't utilized 789's outside LHR either? Helps to streamline cabin crew & pilot training, especially on such a small sub-fleet and keeps cabin experience consistent for LHR traffic.
 
Zidane
Posts: 51
Joined: Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:44 am

Re: Virgin Atlantic Unveil Special 'Thank You' Livery on Re-Instated A340-600

Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:34 pm

JamesCousins wrote:
Zidane wrote:
Virgin, oddly enough, has never utilised the A346s outside LHR AFAIK. Should be the same old routes, would love if they were frequent at LGW though.


What like they haven't utilized 789's outside LHR either? Helps to streamline cabin crew & pilot training, especially on such a small sub-fleet and keeps cabin experience consistent for LHR traffic.


VS has had dreamliners only recently now. My point was directed at how they've kept the A346 product mainly Heathrow centric since inception, for the reasons you correctly made that is.

Who is online

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos