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Virgin Atlantic Engines

Thu Jun 16, 2005 3:33 pm

Why did VS operate 747-200s with RR engines, and then switch to GE for the 744? Any help is appreciated!

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RE: Virgin Atlantic Engines

Thu Jun 16, 2005 3:37 pm

Im not certin but better range? less energy costs? Idk for sure
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Engines

Thu Jun 16, 2005 4:01 pm

They bought (or in some cases leased) their 747-400s new and selected the CF6 over RR or PW engines. The 747-200s with RR engines were second-hand and came from Cathay and Air New Zealand. Previously, they had operated still older 747s from SIA (and others?) with PW engines.

So the answer really is that their second-hand 747-100s and -200s came with whatever engines the original operator had selected but their new 747-400s have the GE engine that Virgin chose.

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