cabinboy
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Virgin's A340-600

Mon Apr 29, 2002 10:59 pm

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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RE: Virgin's A340-600

Tue Apr 30, 2002 2:01 am

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


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Nils
 
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RE: Virgin's A340-600

Tue Apr 30, 2002 2:13 am

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.

Thanks.

/gwl
 
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RE: Virgin's A340-600

Sat May 04, 2002 12:38 am

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.

Nils
 
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RE: Virgin's A340-600

Sat May 04, 2002 3:28 am

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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RE: Virgin's A340-600

Sat May 04, 2002 3:44 am

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.

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RE: Virgin's A340-600

Sat May 04, 2002 4:35 am

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
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RE: Virgin's A340-600

Sat May 04, 2002 12:58 pm

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.