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VS 747-200s

Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:35 pm

FROM Britain, WITH LOVE
Taken from an internal press release:

--
Finally we have just closed the final chapter on a small piece of Virgin
Atlantic’s history with the sale of all of our remaining B747-200’s to
Transaero. All the aircraft will have gone to their new homes in Russia
by May this year.
--

The last remaining scheduled route served by a 742, MAN-MCO-MAN, will be replaced by G-VFAB, 747-400, as of May 1, 2005, complete with a full-J Suite cabin.

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RE: VS 747-200s

Thu Feb 03, 2005 11:06 pm

Ahhhh, G-VFAB. I flew that on 30 October 2004. Actually, there was a picture taken of my departure from LHR that day. My knee still remembers that flight  Smile


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RE: VS 747-200s

Thu Feb 03, 2005 11:30 pm

Ah... sad to see the 742s go :-(

My first Virgin Atlantic flight was on a B747-200 EWR-LHR. The plane was in old old colors with the white cheat line.

But I guess it was time to move on.....

Well atleast we can see them again as Transero planes! Does anyone know if they plan to star Moscow-LAX again? And if the remaning 742s at Mojave will go to Transero?


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RE: VS 747-200s

Fri Feb 04, 2005 1:05 am

Love that DL L1011/VS 742 pic ! Won't see that again,unless it's @ MHV !
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RE: VS 747-200s

Fri Feb 04, 2005 1:10 am

"Won't see that again, unless it's @ MHV!"

You'll never see it again, not even in the boneyard. All the VS 742s parked at MHV lately have been in the most recent colors.
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RE: VS 747-200s

Fri Feb 04, 2005 1:12 am

hi, love thos 742's!!! i flew "Calypso Queen" back in '99/2000 (MAN-MCO-MAN), the pilot told us that it had been leased from Cathay Pacific!! don't know when they reaturned her though.
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RE: VS 747-200s

Fri Feb 04, 2005 4:10 am

Which aircraft have they sold? I assume they are the remaining aircraft Virgin have sitting in the desert? The two 'active' Virgin 742s (G-VBEE and G-VSSS) are Air Atlanta owned, although as stated above will fly their last Virgin flights soon.
 
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RE: VS 747-200s

Fri Feb 04, 2005 6:14 am

I'f be suprised to see G-VFAB stay in MAN, she has a large J class config, and AFAIK is not being re-configged to 14J (G-VAST & G-VTOP are)

Perhaps VS are just going to launch the MAN-MCO 744 ops with one of their flagship planes with V:Port, before one of the lower J Config'd (i.e. LGW) fleet takes over, once the hype has calmed down?
 
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RE: VS 747-200s

Fri Feb 04, 2005 7:27 am

G-VFAB is planned to be re-configed before it enters service on the MAN-MCO route. It will also not be that a/c all the time on the route, it will be rotated with other a/c from the LGW fleet - so expect to see an increase in positioning flights between MAN and LGW.

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RE: VS 747-200s

Fri Feb 04, 2005 9:17 am

Hi VSMIKE

Any update on what's transpiring with VSNigeria?
 
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RE: VS 747-200s

Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:11 am

The 744 fleet is planned to leave LHR over the next 5 years so I expect they will all end up in smaller LGW J configs. LHR is planned to be Airbus only by 2010.
 
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RE: VS 747-200s

Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:34 am

Well good for Virgin! It sounds like they know what they're doing and it should be a great move for them. It'll sure be sad to see the old birds go, though! At least now Virgin pax don't have to worry about getting stuck with the 1.6 inch IFE system (as pictured below) lol.


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RE: VS 747-200s

Fri Feb 04, 2005 12:01 pm

good...couldnt' get rid of those 742's fast enough...flew it from ORD-LHR-ORD...worst flights I've ever had, though I can't recall what 747 version I flew from JFK-LHR route.....return though was on an A340.........liked it better..
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RE: VS 747-200s

Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:13 pm

Airgeek12

Hi, the screen you show was "Gallery IFE" and it was retired in 2001. It was fitted to the JT9 powered a/c. The ex NZ 742s we are talking about actually have OdysseyIFE which is very good.

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RE: VS 747-200s

Sat Feb 05, 2005 1:06 am

Aerofan,

Looks like VS Nigeria is a go. Our management team have just returned from there making sales pitches to interested Nigerian investors (because the airline must be 51% Nigerian owned). It will still fall under the operational control of Virgin Atlantic directly, as I understand it.
No news on routes.
No news on employment.

The details are being handled from the UK Office.
Barring any governmental restrictions, I believe it is close to finalization.

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RE: VS 747-200s

Sat Feb 05, 2005 4:38 pm

I knew this day will come. So sad to see them leave the fleet!
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RE: VS 747-200s

Sat Feb 05, 2005 5:48 pm

Its a shame that the 744s are leaving, travelling W on a 744 is infinitely better than travelling W on an A340. Looks like I'll be having to travel in J even more now! What a shame Hahaha!

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RE: VS 747-200s

Sat Feb 05, 2005 6:38 pm

Its a shame that the 744s are leaving, travelling W on a 744 is infinitely better than travelling W on an A340. Looks like I'll be having to travel in J even more now! What a shame Hahaha!

What are you talking about? Those 744's are going nowhere anytime soon, they are between 3 and 11 years old, very young fleet!
 
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RE: VS 747-200s

Sat Feb 05, 2005 6:42 pm

Sorrry I didn't make myself clear, I meant that they are leaving LHR(according to VSdriver), I don't go to the carribean, so I don't need to fly from LGW, only LHR. If the 744s go from LHR, I will have to fly J more often, as I loathe the A340 W.

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RE: VS 747-200s

Sat Feb 05, 2005 6:53 pm

That clears things up!  Smile

Gotta love the VS livery, I remember when they took the 5 cancelled AZ aircraft and sent them to AKL prior to entering service, seeing 3 lined up together was a great sight expecially since they were as far from home as they could get!
 
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RE: VS 747-200s

Sun Feb 06, 2005 6:09 am

"At least now Virgin pax don't have to worry about getting stuck with the 1.6 inch IFE system (as pictured below) lol."

Unless you fly on one of the Arcadia equipped A343's !!!.

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RE: VS 747-200s

Sun Feb 06, 2005 1:29 pm

Hey guys

Heard a rumour today that the deal with TransAero may have fell through.... Can anyone confirm this... I heard this from the same source who told me about the russian outfit being interested in the classics a couple of months ago, so it is a pretty reliable source.

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RE: VS 747-200s

Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:14 am

Transaero has nothing on their site that indicates acquiring 747s, one would think they would be trumpeting it all over the place if it were going to happen. A 40% import duty cannot help this situation...Transaero flies 767-200, 767-300, 737-300, and 737-400 aircraft from their base at DME.
 
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RE: VS 747-200s

Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:18 am

I agree; it is sad to see all those old birds go. But they have been long appritiated and it's time for VS to move on with their fleet.
 
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RE: VS 747-200s

Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:23 am

So does anyone know what will be happening to VBEE and VSSS? Will we still be seeing them at MAN in some other Air Atlanta guise or are they off to pastures new?

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RE: VS 747-200s

Sat Feb 19, 2005 1:34 am

Quoting DC10Tim (reply 27):
So does anyone know what will be happening to VBEE and VSSS?


I've been reliably informed that G-VBEE was sat outside the BA maintenance hangars at LGW last night displaying its new Aruban reg (P4-TSO) after having been cancelled off the UK register yesterday (Feb 17th).

No clues as to where it's gonna end up as yet, but it does add some weight to the theory that it could be heading out to Transaero sometime soon.....


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RE: VS 747-200s

Sat Feb 19, 2005 4:13 am

Quoting Titch (reply 28):
I've been reliably informed that G-VBEE was sat outside the BA maintenance hangars at LGW last night displaying its new Aruban reg (P4-TSO) after having been cancelled off the UK register yesterday (Feb 17th).


Yes, I had to turn my head this morning, there she was. Got a better view this afternoon on way home. The Virgin titles have been removed from both the tail and fuslage (only the rudder still has the end of the "n" on it. It looked nice in the sun, probably one of the last sightings i'll ever have of this classic,

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