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VS Old A343's

Mon Oct 03, 2005 5:44 am

What are VS going to do with their oldest A343's in the future (G-VFLY, G-VBUS etc)?

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RE: VS Old A343's

Mon Oct 03, 2005 5:58 am

I know that G-VBUS went to Virgin Nigeria recently. G-VFLY went to the French Air Force. It looks as though a lot of the early 340-300's are leased and Virgin will probably ride those out until they are needed to be returned. I would say that Virgin's aircraft that are older and not exactly needed with the mainline fleet will go within the Virgin Co. to airlines like Virgin Nigeria.

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Richard28
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RE: VS Old A343's

Mon Oct 03, 2005 6:13 am

Not quite correct, G-VFLY is still in service with VS, as is G-VBUS.

G-VBUS is currently painted in Virgin Nigeria colours, but is still owned by VS, and operates on a wet lease for Virgin Nigeria, and still does VS ops.

The only A343 to have left the fleet so far is G-VSKY - which went to BWIA a while ago.
 
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RE: VS Old A343's

Mon Oct 03, 2005 8:08 am

The oldest A343s (G-VBUS, G-VAEL, G-VFLY & G-VSUN) are all destined to leave the fleet by December 2006.

The other five A343s are being fitted with the Upper Class Suite and will be around for the forseeable future.

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RE: VS Old A343's

Mon Oct 03, 2005 9:22 am

Thought G-VHOL, G-VSEA, G-VGOA, G-VATL were owned by Airbus not VS.

Isnt G-VSKY (now 9Y-JIL) stilled owned by VS ?
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RE: VS Old A343's

Mon Oct 03, 2005 1:10 pm

G-VBUS is more often than not found on the LHR-DEL route. It is a particularly shabby aircraft, and he green engines do not match the rest of the aircraft either. Oh well.
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