Tom in NO
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Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sun Jan 04, 2004 12:26 am

Virgin Atlantic is bringing a 747-400 into MSY this afternoon. VS 9923 is currently showing an arrival time of 1:19PM. It is bringing in passengers that will be boarding a cruise ship in New Orleans, and will be loading cruise ship passengers finishing their own cruises.

Tom at MSY

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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sun Jan 04, 2004 12:33 am

School must still be out.....

Simply a heads up for those of us who work at MSY, have ramp access, and haven't seen a VS 744 here in the 17 years we've worked here.

Tom at MSY
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sun Jan 04, 2004 12:40 am

And it'll be a while before you see another one in MSY again  Big grin
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sun Jan 04, 2004 12:42 am

P&O Cruises from the United Kingdom have a few cruises going from MSY in the next two months. Aircraft they will use will be Britannia Airways - Boeing 767 300, Thomas Cook & Monarch Airbus A330-200.

These are charter flights  Smile

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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sun Jan 04, 2004 12:53 am

GKirk: you got that right! Which is why we let the locals know when something out of the ordinary is showing up.

VS Girl: thanks for the future heads-up! Thomas Cook and Monarch will be new ones for us, as well.

New Orleans has a rapidly growing cruise ship industry, and these charters are proof that there is foreign interest in those cruises.

Tom at MSY
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sun Jan 04, 2004 1:06 am

For info the a/c is G-VROY. Planned dep time from MSY is 1545 local.

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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sun Jan 04, 2004 3:59 am

I was in the final planning stages of a cruise ex-New Orleans last year before I had to cancel, unfortunately.

Can't think of a much better place to spend a couple of days before or after the cruise than New Orleans (even if I do usually get screwed at Harrahs).

Of course, I'm arriving in nothing more exotic than a WN 737!  Big grin
 
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sun Jan 04, 2004 9:45 am

G-VROY arrived at 1330 local. Met up with ConcordeBoy and MSYTristar during its stay here. Took the tour inside the aircraft. He left 2 hours, 45 minutes late due to container problems.

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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sun Jan 04, 2004 9:52 am

So is this a sked flight, or a diversion??
 
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sun Jan 04, 2004 9:54 am

It's a charter flight.
 
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sun Jan 04, 2004 10:42 am

It was a charter flight for Swan Hellinic Cruise Lines.

The aircraft parked at gate C-11....on departure, it used only around 8500ft. of runway, which is pretty impressive since it had 400+ passengers on it. Climbout was slow, and it quickly dissapeared into the low ceiling.

It was an incredible experience getting to see the aircraft load, push back, and depart, all from the great vantage point of the ramp.


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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Mon Jan 05, 2004 6:38 am

He left 2 hours, 45 minutes late due to container problems

Container problems... ha!  Laugh out loud

Stupid A340s have to screw even this up.... one of the LD3s read "for A340-600 only", but they had to put it in or else leave it. Well, took 'em nearly 3hr to fit the mug into the aircraft.

Once they did, it was great though.

Gotta love the tower transmissions: "New Orleans tower, this is the Virgin requesting an opening on runway one zero..." (shweet! Big grin)

Amazing how quickly she got up on her takeoff roll, considering that she was full of both pax and payload. Guess fuel must've been relatively light. Shot off the runway with at a max of 8500ft.

Good stuff  Big thumbs up
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Mon Jan 05, 2004 8:34 am

Just be thankful that ConcordeBoy is not on his way to the UK just now  Smile
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Mon Jan 05, 2004 8:44 am

Be thankful that the plane actually made to the UK, if after a particular incident with ConcordeBoy  Big grin  Laugh out loud
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sat Jan 10, 2004 4:37 am

Got yer pics Tom, Steve?
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sat Jan 10, 2004 4:45 am

Mine are, I'll email you a couple this weekend. And I have some to send you via the mail. Steve's aren't done quite yet.

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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sat Jan 10, 2004 9:05 am

Shweet!

Sent you an email with all the proper demographics. Thanks a ton!

Did most of them (particularly the night pics) show up well?
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sat Jan 10, 2004 8:16 pm

'for A340-600 only' means that those containers are suitable for the A340-600. It's a mistake that it says the 'only' bit. Some small differences I guess, but those containers are OK for the 744 (& 343)

The TSA were quite nasty to the pax and crew apparently.
 
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sat Jan 10, 2004 9:46 pm

So did the inbound crew fly out on the same aircraft (deadhead is the word isn't it?) and VV for the outbound crew, or were they flown over from another VS station?

Also, what sort of cargo would be on a charter such as this, would it have to be booked a while in advance?
 
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sun Jan 11, 2004 1:28 am

I'm not a fan of the TSA here....heck, they are nasty to everyone!

The flight attendants cheered up once I gave them some New Orleans goodies...they seemed to really appreciate that....I made it a point to let them know that they are always welcome back here. If the TSA didn't do it, I made sure they saw SOME Southern hospitality at least!


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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sat Jan 17, 2004 4:30 am

Here's the ol' Gal at MSY herself... beautiful, even for a non-twinjet!  Big thumbs up

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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sat Jan 17, 2004 5:49 am

Those are beautiful pictures there! I adore that livery so much... *sighs* And such close ups! Made me want to be able to "hug" the plane  Smile
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Sat Jan 17, 2004 8:04 am

And such close ups!

Speaking of closeups Steve... did you ever get in it?
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Tue Jan 20, 2004 9:04 am

Monarch Airbus A330-200

sent an email to Monarch... apparently, they only do intra-Euro flights, and according to this person (to whom I have no idea what level of accuracy should be assumed) they have no intention of deviating from that at this point
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Wed Jan 21, 2004 11:48 am

Sadly, no, I did not get on the 744 because I had to run to our gate to work our flight. If I I had 10 more minutes, I would have got on.

Alas, someone out there doesn't want to see me get on a 747. Real poor.


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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Thu Jan 22, 2004 1:10 am

Steve,

Check your mailbox at work today.

Tom
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RE: Virgin 747 Inbound To MSY

Thu Jan 22, 2004 4:01 am

ConcordeBoy,

I guess who ever you emailed meant that Monarch only operates shorthaul sheduled services. MON does indeed operate quite a lot of long haul charter flights using their 2 A332s and (on some routes) 4 A300s. Destinations served on a regular basis include the Maldives, Mexico and lots of Caribbean destinations.


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