Ikarus
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Is This Really A Virgin Atlantic Plane?

Sat Jan 04, 2003 9:45 pm

Hi

Just noticed this photo:


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Photo © Pedro Aragão



Now I like Virgin Atlantic and have read a little bit about them, so I'm confused. I know they started in 1984 with a 747. I also know that Richard Branson once chartered a plane when he was left stranded on an island with other tourists, and jokingly told the pax the flight was operated by "Virgin Airlines". And then there was that weird period of Vickers Viscounts flying around.

But where does this 727 fit into the scheme of things? And Faro? They had A320s and A321s for Athens, they leased 767s and other aircraft, but never heard of the 727 before. Was this a Virgin Atlantic leased plane, or perhaps a predecessor of Virgin Sun? Or perhaps just an advertisement plane (Like the Ryanair Vodafone livery)?

Can anyone provide any more info about this plane, its livery, and its role?

Thanks

Regards

Ikarus
 
daks
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RE: Is This Really A Virgin Atlantic Plane?

Sat Jan 04, 2003 10:28 pm

I dont know for sure but the color scheme looks very "Dan Air" -ish if you remove the yellow stripe but i think it might also have been used by an irish travel company called club travel.
 
daks
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RE: Is This Really A Virgin Atlantic Plane?

Sat Jan 04, 2003 10:34 pm

Heres another example of a hybrid "virgin , club air and eastern " 727: http://www.airliners.net/open.file/211175/M.
I've no idea whats going on but looking at these 2 aircraft and having been a dublin spotter for a long time I'll do my best to find out for you .
 
BR715-A1-30
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RE: Is This Really A Virgin Atlantic Plane?

Sat Jan 04, 2003 11:14 pm

What I want to know is how that rear service door found its way on the back of a 727-100.
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kestrel
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RE: Is This Really A Virgin Atlantic Plane?

Sun Jan 05, 2003 1:50 am


BR715-A1-30

I'm not sure about the Virgin connection, but this 727-46 (built for JAL I think) later flew for Dan-Air: due to the number of pax DA planned to carry on the 727-100's (146), it was necessary for the aircraft to have an extra pair of doors fitted, similar to the 727-200.
 
diesel1
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RE: Is This Really A Virgin Atlantic Plane?

Sun Jan 05, 2003 6:00 am

A year or so after Virgin Atlantic commenced ops they decided to branch out into scheduled ops in Europe - two routes were flown, to Maastricht and Dublin.

The Dublin flights were initially flown by Viscounts (as was the Maastricht), leased from British Air Ferries

In 1988 Club Air was contracted to operate the DUB-LTN flights and EI BUP and EI BVO were repainted into hybrid liveries (as seen above for EI BUP) and as seen here for EI BVO

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In October Club Air ceased ops and the Virgin contract went on to be operated by Capital Airlines (I think) again using British Air Ferries Viscounts, though they eventually took over the schedule themselves and used their own BAe146-200s
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Ikarus
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RE: Is This Really A Virgin Atlantic Plane?

Sun Jan 05, 2003 8:50 am

Thanks, Donder10!

Must have been quite a weird time at Virgin Atlantic. Although I have to admit, I'd love to fly on a Viscount with 'em. Or fly them short-haul....

Regards

Ikarus

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