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LHR Spotters- G-VEIL Arrives Tomorrow (10th)

Sun May 09, 2004 10:24 pm

Hi

Our (VS) new A346 is coming tomorrow. Its the first of the type to have the Upper Class Suite fitted and was named by HRH Queen Elizabeth II as "Queen Of The Skies". Dont know the ETA @ LHR but it will be afternoon. Then its scheduled to do the VS250 to PVG tomorrow night.

I'm on the delivery flight from TLS, not much time at the factory but I'm hoping to get on the A380 Mockup too (I am hoping to be on the A380 pre- launch team here at VS).

I only have a non-digital camera but will try to take and post some photos somewhere!

Rgds

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RE: LHR Spotters- G-VEIL Arrives Tomorrow (10th)

Sun May 09, 2004 10:28 pm

Great news!

have a fab time in Toulouse!
 
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Mon May 10, 2004 12:09 am

Saw the tail sticking out of the hangar whilst I was at Toulouse (5th) and wondered when it was due for delivery, thanks Big grin.

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RE: LHR Spotters- G-VEIL Arrives Tomorrow (10th)

Mon May 10, 2004 1:20 am

Nice one ITK!  Big thumbs up Enjoy the flight. I'm at work tomorrow so will post ETD/ETA etc. for anyone interested.

Cheers
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RE: LHR Spotters- G-VEIL Arrives Tomorrow (10th)

Mon May 10, 2004 6:01 pm

G-VEIL TLS-LHR delayed until Tue 11th now. ETD to be advised....

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RE: LHR Spotters- G-VEIL Arrives Tomorrow (10th)

Tue May 11, 2004 1:52 am

Change of plan again....

ETD from TLS now 2000 local today (10th) ETA LHR 2030 local. First service planned for VS250 LHR-PVG (Shanghai) 11th May.

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Tue May 11, 2004 2:24 am

That should have given Intheknow enough time to have a good look at the A380 mock up!
 
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Tue May 11, 2004 2:46 am

Change of plan again....now delayed ETD TLS 0900 11th ETA LHR 0930. That should give InTheKnow a chance to see most of Toulouse as well!  Smile

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RE: LHR Spotters- G-VEIL Arrives Tomorrow (10th)

Tue May 11, 2004 4:33 am

Just got in now......on BA to LGW  Sad . Flight crew + one cabin crew staying overnight to bring home tomorrow I believe, although having crawled all over the a/c today and listening to the engineers I'm not sure as there are still some issues!!!

Lovely looker and the suite looks well......sweet on the A346! The three abreast config somehow makes the cabin look wider. A Zone looks even longer than before now with 15 suites down each side and in the middle with no real bulkheads to break it up. Dont know how crew will like working on it, you cant cross over from aisle to aisle in A Zone at all so it makes for a long walk round! Also we have lost LAV 16 (on the right behind R1 door) as this space has become a wardrobe. The bar is narrower with only three seats and sits almost in the cross aisle between L/R2 but looks nice. I have some photos on the way, but have never put any on here so bear with me!

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Tue May 11, 2004 5:11 am

Thanks for the update.

Shame to hear that you couldn't fly home on this bird, but it seems like you had a good day nonetheless!

what were the issues delaying the flight - and did you see the A380 mock up??  Smile
 
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Tue May 11, 2004 10:50 pm

On its way at last. Due into LHR around 1530 local. Planned for VS9 LHR-JFK tomorrow 12th May.

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It was various certification issues that held up the departure....these things never go 'as planned'!
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RE: LHR Spotters- G-VEIL Arrives Tomorrow (10th)

Tue May 11, 2004 11:01 pm

Hi Richard

No, didn't get over to A380 (boo bloody hoo!) as we were actually at the Sogerma hangar where the suites were fitted and not at Airbus itself. Still there is always G-VSSH to be picked up!!!

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RE: LHR Spotters- G-VEIL Arrives Tomorrow (10th)

Wed May 12, 2004 3:05 am

Hi All,

Here is the link to two pictures of G-VEIL in the Sogerma hangar in TLS yesterday! http://ison.mysite.freeserve.com

Interior ones to come hopefully!

Rgds

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RE: LHR Spotters- G-VEIL Arrives Tomorrow (10th)

Wed May 12, 2004 4:03 am

Thanks for the pics Intheknow!

really looking forward to seeing the Upper Class Suite pics... please!!

Cheers

Rich  Smile
 
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RE: LHR Spotters- G-VEIL Arrives Tomorrow (10th)

Wed May 12, 2004 7:14 am

Managed to sneek a peek (or 2) today.

Personally didn't like the layout of the new suite with only 3 across.

Looks ok on the right hand side aisle where the seats face each other, but on the left hand side it looks really bad with a big long wall at waist height for much of the length of the cabin, until it changes sides nearer the front.

I think they could have come up with something a bit more aesthetically pleasing than that wall.

The bar unit was also V.small too compared to the other a/c - even the A343 bar has more stools !!!.

Personally I think this will get a big thumbs down from the passengers - not because of the seats which are great but because of the layout on that particular a/c type.

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RE: LHR Spotters- G-VEIL Arrives Tomorrow (10th)

Wed May 12, 2004 7:28 am

Well im pleased to say that i also visited G-VEIL today also. I wasnt too keen on the new upper class seating arrangement but apart from that, i think it looked Stunning.. I was very honoured to take a look on board an aircraft that hasnt been used by passengers as yet..
I hope she flies many miles in her years to come..
Welcome G-VEIL...
 
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RE: LHR Spotters- G-VEIL Arrives Tomorrow (10th)

Wed May 12, 2004 9:46 am

ITK

Sorry, a bit off topic but VS related:

Can you help clear something up for me; is G-VSHY named Cloud Nine or Madam Butterfly?

Thanks
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Wed May 12, 2004 9:57 am

Claudia Nine.

filler.

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RE: LHR Spotters- G-VEIL Arrives Tomorrow (10th)

Wed May 12, 2004 4:15 pm

Wingtip/Gigneil

She is now called "Madam Butterfly". I took her to MIA last week and noticed the change back to what she always should have been. "Cloud nine" was a temporary name purely so Claudia Shifffer could change it to "Claudia Nine" when she named it. Hope this clears that up and makes sense.

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RE: LHR Spotters- G-VEIL Arrives Tomorrow (10th)

Wed May 12, 2004 4:38 pm

ITK

thanks very much for clearing that up.

WT
 
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RE: LHR Spotters- G-VEIL Arrives Tomorrow (10th)

Wed May 12, 2004 5:55 pm

Dearest All!

Interior photos of G-VEIL Upper Class Suite now uploaded!

http://vsveil.mysite.freeserve.com/

Cheers

ITK

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