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Last Virgin A/c In Old Colours.....

Fri Apr 16, 2004 8:49 am

The last Virgin Atlantic a/c in the old euro-white colours, A340-300 G-VFLY, is due to fly from LHR to Bristol Filton today (16 April) to be repainted in the new scheme. G-VFAR was returned to service this week having been repainted in AMS.

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RE: Last Virgin A/c In Old Colours.....

Fri Apr 16, 2004 10:52 am

Filton, thats unusual, what about AMS ?? thats where they are normally done, or is something else happening to this one ???.

I'm back in in 12 hours, what times it going ??

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RE: Last Virgin A/c In Old Colours.....

Fri Apr 16, 2004 4:29 pm

Leezyjet

ETD is 1000L. I think it's just a normal re-paint but I don't know why it's not being done in AMS. G-VSKY was done in Filton before it went to BWIA.

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RE: Last Virgin A/c In Old Colours.....

Fri Apr 16, 2004 7:11 pm

Hello you two!

Do you know when G-VIEL is arriving?

Ta

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RE: Last Virgin A/c In Old Colours.....

Fri Apr 16, 2004 7:28 pm

Hi InTheKnow

G-VEIL is currently planned to arrive 10th May after fitting of the Suite in TLS.

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RE: Last Virgin A/c In Old Colours.....

Fri Apr 16, 2004 7:29 pm

Is G-VFLY one of the aircrafts that will leave the fleet? I don't think so, why would they repaint it otherwise...

It's the only VS A343 I still have to spot.

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RE: Last Virgin A/c In Old Colours.....

Fri Apr 16, 2004 7:54 pm

Frederic

No more 343's are planned to leave the fleet for the foreseeable future...they're all needed for the current flying programme and future expansion.

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RE: Last Virgin A/c In Old Colours.....

Fri Apr 16, 2004 7:58 pm

Thanks Airchabum...

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RE: Last Virgin A/c In Old Colours.....

Fri Apr 16, 2004 8:07 pm

Shame, G-VFAR looked very smart in her old colours and same with G-VFLY. 'Bout bloody time though, the first aircraft with the scheme started appearing in 2000 Wow!. Four years to paint hardly the biggest fleet.

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RE: Last Virgin A/c In Old Colours.....

Fri Apr 16, 2004 8:52 pm

The new livery was first seen in 1999 if I am not mistaken. I remember flying VS then and hoping to fly on a newly painted plane
 
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RE: Last Virgin A/c In Old Colours.....

Fri Apr 16, 2004 8:54 pm

KLM has other work in their paint bay.

Four years to paint hardly the biggest fleet.

A) You carry out re-paints when they are due so you are not throwing money away. Just look at BA's world tails.

B) The original plan was for these two a/c to leave the fleet some time ago
 
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RE: Last Virgin A/c In Old Colours.....

Fri Apr 16, 2004 11:16 pm

It might have taken 4 years for the fleet to be painted, but after 9/11 a lot of airlines were lucky to survive. So it was a cost saving measure to help the airline in a troubled period.
Also for a period of time some of the 343's were due to leave the fleet so they weren't required to be painted.
The paint also on the aircraft is not cheap either due to its metallic finish and also needs to be applied in a different way to normal......