This is the status of the ex Cathay/NZ 747's, currently stored or otherwise.
G-VCAT "wild thing". Retired MHZ
late 2001. since operated briefly on haj flights for air atlanta. Returned to MHZ
and bought by european late 2003 and ferried through SAT
for refurbishment to the UK. Currently sits at bournemouth in all white c/s as G-CCMA.
G-VRUM "calypso queen" As above but after the collapse(?) of european I don't think it made it out of SAT
. Someone may have more up to date info on that?.
G-VBEE/G-VSSS "honey pie,island lady". Retired to MHZ
late 2001. returned to UK early 2002 to operate LHR
-LOS and MAN
as TF-ATN and TF-ATP by air atlanta as sub charters to VS
in their original configuration. Both currently assigned to MAN
with planned retirement spring 2005.
G-VZZZ/G-VIBE/G-VPUF."morning glory/dancing queen/high as a kite". All operated until early 2002. G-VZZZ retired feb 2002 and briefly returned to service april 2002 due to aircraft shortage. G-VIBE renamed spirit of new york for last months of flying. One of the last services was a JFK
charter in association with the sun newspaper to promote NY after 9/11. Retired to MHZ
late apr 2002. G-VPUF operated DEL services until apr2002, also retired to MHZ
. All three of these aircraft currently sit at the west side of MHZ
in what appears to be an airworthy (or near to) condition in full VS
colours. Aside from the occasional engine run these three have not moved since retirement.
This is all from memory so please don't flame me if I have missed the odd detail but I hope this clarifies the situation with regards to VS
's stored aircraft.
So long 701, it was nice knowing you.