na
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Virgin´s Last B744

Mon Sep 16, 2002 9:07 pm

Can anybody tell me when Virgin´s last B744 will be delivered? They still have one on order.
 
cabinboy
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RE: Virgin´s Last B744

Fri Sep 20, 2002 9:23 pm

GV-ROC or "Mustang Sally"!!
 
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RE: Virgin´s Last B744

Sat Sep 21, 2002 12:05 am

I thought they had em all, sure theres still one?

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na
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RE: Virgin´s Last B744

Sat Sep 21, 2002 1:12 am

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.
 
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RE: Virgin´s Last B744

Sat Sep 21, 2002 1:15 am

will they get any 744er's? or will they just stick to their a340-600s?
Go big or go home
 
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RE: Virgin´s Last B744

Sat Sep 21, 2002 2:20 am

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...... Big grin
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Crosswind
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RE: Virgin´s Last B744

Sat Sep 21, 2002 3:53 am

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

Regards
CROSSWIND