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Tokyo Receiving First Virgin Atlantic 346 Flight

Fri Apr 05, 2002 3:26 pm

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.
 
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RE: Tokyo Receiving First Virgin Atlantic 346 Flight

Fri Apr 05, 2002 3:38 pm

I can't wait to see them at SFO
 
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RE: Tokyo Receiving First Virgin Atlantic 346 Flight

Fri Apr 05, 2002 4:10 pm

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...
 
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RE: Tokyo Receiving First Virgin Atlantic 346 Flight

Fri Apr 05, 2002 5:15 pm

So will Virgin will continue with the 744 flight and replace the 343 with the A346 at LAX? I want to fly it!
 
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RE: Tokyo Receiving First Virgin Atlantic 346 Flight

Fri Apr 05, 2002 5:18 pm

Looking good! Now maybe, Virgin will launch services to SIN instead of codesharing with SIA.

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Fri Apr 05, 2002 10:37 pm


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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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RE: Tokyo Receiving First Virgin Atlantic 346 Flight

Fri Apr 05, 2002 11:04 pm

VirginFlyer, thank you for your comments. I figure out. In fact I'm a little sensitive to this Tale-Strike because of the sad JAL accident 17 years ago.
 
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RE: Tokyo Receiving First Virgin Atlantic 346 Flight

Fri Apr 05, 2002 11:37 pm

Does Virgin have any plans to replace the 343 they currently operate into HKG with the 346?

Thanks.
 
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RE: Tokyo Receiving First Virgin Atlantic 346 Flight

Sat Apr 06, 2002 2:04 am

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.
 
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RE: Tokyo Receiving First Virgin Atlantic 346 Flight

Sat Apr 06, 2002 2:09 am

So how do the pax numbers in the various classes compare on the VS 346 and 744? Anyone got the numbers?
What is the max range of these airliners @ max capacity with VS?

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RE: Tokyo Receiving First Virgin Atlantic 346 Flight

Sat Apr 06, 2002 2:32 am

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  Big thumbs up.
 
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RE: Tokyo Receiving First Virgin Atlantic 346 Flight

Sat Apr 06, 2002 6:27 am

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?

 
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RE: Tokyo Receiving First Virgin Atlantic 346 Flight

Sat Apr 06, 2002 6:44 am

Where will the A343's go when the A346 replaces them?
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RE: Tokyo Receiving First Virgin Atlantic 346 Flight

Sat Apr 06, 2002 7:44 am

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!
 
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RE: Tokyo Receiving First Virgin Atlantic 346 Flig

Sat Apr 06, 2002 8:37 am

Upper Class is Virgin Atlantic's business class. They do not have First Class.

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