AlitaliaMD11
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Virgins 340-600 Routes

Tue Dec 02, 2003 9:33 am

hey

i was wondering where Virgin Atlantic opperates thier 340-600?
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Tue Dec 02, 2003 9:36 am

I don't know for sure but...

Tokyo, HKG and Shanghai?
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Tue Dec 02, 2003 9:55 am

I believe JFK is also one.
 
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Tue Dec 02, 2003 10:01 am

i think JFK is one to but every time i go to JFK to try to see one there is ethier a 747-400 or 340-200

the only time i have seen real 340-600s in person is at Toulouse i even tuched it.

this is the only photo i could find of it at JFK.
i also check expedia and orbitz to see when it will be there but there is never any 340-600 scheduled


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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Tue Dec 02, 2003 10:07 am

AlitaliaMD11

They swap around a bit but currently they are used on HKG, PVG, NRT, BOS JFK (VS45/6) and some CPT services.

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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Tue Dec 02, 2003 10:08 am

Is San Francisco (SFO) on the list?

We currently get there 747-400s.
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Tue Dec 02, 2003 10:09 am

VS45/46 (LHR-JFK-LHR) is currently scheduled to use the A346, as is VS11/12 (LHR-BOS-LHR).
 
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Tue Dec 02, 2003 10:23 am

Superfly

No plans for the 346 to go to SFO yet.
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Tue Dec 02, 2003 12:11 pm

I flew on G-VMEG, Virgin's second A340-600 operating JFK-LHR (Vir 10) a year ago. It was a decent ride, but i prefer the 744.
 
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Tue Dec 02, 2003 12:13 pm

Airchabum:

 Sad

Does anyone know when SFO will get a A340-600 carrier?
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Wed Dec 03, 2003 7:18 am

superfly

i think Cathy Pacific was plannig on opperating some flights with a 340-600 as well as i heard some rumors that LH might opparte thier 340-600s soon to SFO.
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Wed Dec 03, 2003 7:22 am


I really wish we would get them at LAX- ive been dying to try one, but always get the same ole smaller 340 every time i go  Sad
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Wed Dec 03, 2003 7:53 am

I know that China Eastern opperates the 340-600 on most of its flights fasing out my second favorite airplane the MD-11. My friend who lives in Santa Moica said that he see's the CX 340-600 going to his school he passes LAX.
On the other hand Dulles got a surprise visit from a VS 340-600 on 10/12/03


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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Wed Dec 03, 2003 8:21 am

I heard they were planning to use them on their flights to Australia via Hong Kong......
 
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Wed Dec 03, 2003 8:23 am

Are all their A340-600s based at Heathrow or there some at Gatwick and Manchester? If not are they planning to do so?
 
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Wed Dec 03, 2003 8:40 am

I've seen both the China Eastern & the Virgin -600's at Shanghai Pudong on a regular basis..
 
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Wed Dec 03, 2003 8:45 am

I wonder when they'll be flying into MIA from UK!!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy When I see Virgin at MIA I see their A340-300, but watching an A340-600 will be a great thing, just like Iberia's!!!
 
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Wed Dec 03, 2003 8:48 am

Are all their A340-600s based at Heathrow or there some at Gatwick and Manchester? If not are they planning to do so?

Currently only the 744s that were to be delivered to Alitalia are permanantly in Gatwick. A single A343 is also ferried in there everyday to operate the Port Harcourt flights. Two 742s are in Manchester for the Orlando flights. All A346s are based in Heathrow.
 
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Wed Dec 03, 2003 9:07 am



>>Two 742s are in Manchester for the Orlando flights<<

These are not Virgin metal. They are wet leases from Air Atlanta Icelandic

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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Wed Dec 03, 2003 9:30 am

I thought the two 742's at MAN were Dry Leased from Air Atlanta.
Can anyone confirm one way or the other (or even Damp Leased?)
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Wed Dec 03, 2003 10:30 am

AlitaliaMD11,

In your second post you mention

...but every time i go to JFK to try to see one there is ethier a 747-400 or 340-200.

Is it me, or when on earth did Virgin started to operate A340 - 200 without me noticing it?  Confused
 
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Wed Dec 03, 2003 11:12 am

When I was driving past SFO last summer, I saw the CX 346, it was a really long plane!
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Wed Dec 03, 2003 9:55 pm

At the moment the only planned destination for the 346 other than those it already goes to is SYD as an extension of the HKG service, but it'll be a while before that starts. I'd guess when new a/c are delivered they will go onto the JNB, MIA or LAX (VS23/24) flights as these tend to be the ones that struggle a bit on the 343 (ie usually max payload)...but that's just a guess.

VS don't have any 340-200's...the smaller ones are all -300's. There are no plans to base the -600's anywhere other than LHR at the mo.

The 2 MAN based Classics are operated by Air Atlanta...the flight-deck are on Air Atlanta contracts although all are ex-VS. Cabin crew are all employed by VS AFAIK. (I don't know what sort of lease that makes it though!  Confused )

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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Wed Dec 03, 2003 10:24 pm

i've seen the A340-600 both in JFK and IAD. What a VERY long bird but it is one of the best lookin...

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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Thu Dec 04, 2003 4:59 am

Just to clear a few things up:

The A340-600's operate daily to Narita, Hong Kong and Shanghai. They will always be operated by an A340-600 unless there is some sort of technical problem. The other two (because of the night overlap of the HKG flight, it means that 4 aircraft are needed for those routes in one time) aircraft will either be operating to Cape Town, Boston or New York. I think they are used on the Cape Town services 3 days a week.

They used to operate daily to Washington so AlitaliaMD11 it wasn't a surprise visit, just a regular near the end of the summer schedule. The A340-600's have also been operated on various other routes, Johannesburg got one, one or two days this summer.

They currently have 6 A340-600's operating (G-VFOX, MEG, OGE, SHY, ATL and GOA) all from Heathrow.

Gatwick has 5 cancelled order Alitalia aircraft (G-VROM, ROS, ROY, GAL, LIP) and an A340-300 comes in either on the night before operation or on the early morning. They are used for operations to Port Harcourt on the coast of Nigeria and the fly on tuesdays and saturdays, not every day.

The two aircraft based at Manchester are ex-Virgin B747-200's now at Air Atlanta, but being leased back to Virgin Atlantic. However because Virgin Atlantic are now operating the MAN-MCO flight year round they may be acquiring the aircraft back or using their own equipment on that route? Airchabum should be able to tell you more on that.

When I was staying in SFO i saw a CX A340-600 take off at round 6:00am.

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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Thu Dec 04, 2003 7:30 am

When ever i am at JFK i usally see the 300 my mistake but in September i went down there and at the cargo ramp near the AA hangar was an old colors 340-200 short and it said on the side of the aircraft airbus-340-200. There was also an Delta MD-11 parked next to it.
I was also wondering is there any airline that ordered the 340-600 but has not recived it yet besides Air Canada?? I know thai ordered some as well.

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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Thu Dec 04, 2003 9:06 am

AlitaliaMD11

"an old colors 340-200 short" ...VS have never had any -200's. There are a couple of a/c still in the old colours but they are all -300's. To be honest I don't know what the difference between a -200 and a -300 is but I thought they were the same length? I'm sure someone on here will know though!

Stephen

I don't know what the future plans are for MAN...the flights seem to be planned on the Air Atlanta Classics until further notice. I'll be sure to post anything if i hear any rumours  Smile

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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Thu Dec 04, 2003 11:08 am

ok ok ok

so it was not a 340-200 sorry i made a mistake. Today i was at school and guess what comes over!!.............. a VS 340-600 my school is near stewart and the galaxys come over tree hight at well as an atlas air 747 and a lot of other planes. a lot of the international flights come over to. The concorde came over as well!!!
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Thu Dec 04, 2003 11:18 am

AlitaliaMD11,

Its not possible you saw the concorde today. The last flight into the New York area was November 10 and the final ever concorde flight was November 26 (LHR-Filton).

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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Thu Dec 04, 2003 4:34 pm

Airchubum,

Wasn't there plans for a service from Manchester to Barbados? Or did that never get off the ground?  Big thumbs up

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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Thu Dec 04, 2003 5:58 pm

Stephen

MAN-BGI was intended to be a weekly service but most have been cancelled and there will now only be 4 services, all on a Sunday, beginning 28th Dec. Flight no. is VS77/78.

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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Thu Dec 04, 2003 6:00 pm

Been to JFK twice in November, each time there was a Virgin 340-600 standing around, so it's definitely JFK, too!
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Fri Dec 05, 2003 6:33 am

Yes that would be VS045/46. This flight (VS045) departs Heathrow at 9:30am and lands at JFK at 12:10. The VS046 flight then departs at 21:10 and arrives at 08:50 the next morning. So the A340-600 spends 9 hours on the ground in New York.

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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Fri Dec 05, 2003 7:50 am

thanks for the info guys!

i ment i used to see the concorde go over my school every day when it was opperating.
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Fri Dec 05, 2003 11:44 am

It has also made landfall at EWR, as I have seen it twice already.

Though I am yet to see it at JFK, a plane that has frequented EWR lately is the A340-200 in old colors..

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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Fri Dec 05, 2003 4:41 pm

*A340-300

Virgin Atlantic have no A340-200's what so ever, you won't have seen them. The A340-300's operate one of the Newark services, if not both. I know they used to operate both with an A340-300 but were using a B747-400 on the VS001/002 for some time.

JFK currently gets one of every aircraft. The A340-600 would arrive in JFK first as VS045 then the B747-400 would come in as VS003 and finally VS009 which is an A340-300.

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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Fri Dec 05, 2003 5:29 pm

superfly:

as for A346s into SFO: LH will operate their daily (summer schedule) MUC-SFO service with the A346 from June 7 onwards.
 
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Fri Dec 05, 2003 6:32 pm

To be honest I don't know what the difference between a -200 and a -300 is but I thought they were the same length?


The 200 series are a shorter than the 300 series. I you look good than you will see the difference.
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Sat Dec 06, 2003 5:42 am

hey

i have seen a VS 340-600 quit a few times at EWR.

it was usally late at night like at 10:00 P.M. i usally see it when i come back from Philedelphia.
i also saw the oraginal there


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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Sat Dec 06, 2003 4:34 pm

Yep, the A340-600's have been operating a few of the LHR-EWR VS017/018 flights. They make a night stop in Newark after arriving late at night and then departing early-mid morning. G-VATL operated that last monday!

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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Sat Dec 06, 2003 7:57 pm

I flew VS 3 (A340-300-G-VSKY) and VS 4 (747-400-G-VFAB) unfortunately didn't see the A340-600 at JFK
 
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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:35 am

i am really excited because i am flying to Madrid in March and my family is batleing over weather we fly the VS 340-600 or the KLM 777!! we are torn!!

KLM's cabin looks cousey and comfey and a bit like air france's tampo class but hey what can you expect when two airlines are one? and the VS ptv's look huge!


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RE: Virgins 340-600 Routes

Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:41 am

VS Operate an A346 from LHR-IAD.

I am due to fly this route next year (VS021 and VS022) Big grin

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