CX747
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Virgin Atlantic Aircraft Operation Questions.

Fri Jun 02, 2000 11:39 am

In recent posts about Virgin Atlantic and their aircraft it seems to me that certain birds tend to fly the same routes. I was wondering if anyone knew which aircraft tended to fly on which routes and why they did? I know that G-VCAT and G-VRUM are used for moslty Florida and Carribean routes due to the layout of their seating. But why would certain 747-400s or A340-300s which all have the same layouts be used on different routes?
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
 
ContinentalEWR
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Aircraft Operation Questions.

Fri Jun 02, 2000 1:03 pm

CX747,

Virgin has six 747-400's and ten A340's. The -400's
operate out of LHR to JFK (VS 4), EWR (VS 1), LAX,
SFO, and the A340's fly to Tokyo, Hong Kong, Cape
Town, Athens from LGW, JFK, MCO, LAX, and LAX.
 
uprightNlocked
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Aircraft Operation Questions.

Fri Jun 02, 2000 10:18 pm

Flew ORD-LHR last week - - Outbound was VPUF (High as a Kite) and return was VBEE (Honey Pie) both of which were 742's. VPUF has the new Upper Class interior whereas VBEE did not.
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Aircraft Operation Questions.

Fri Jun 02, 2000 10:34 pm

Thanks, I am trying to figure out if individual planes operate on the same routes all of the time. I wonder when G-VBEE will get the new interior?
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Olympic A-340
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Aircraft Operation Questions.

Sat Jun 03, 2000 12:17 am

If memory serves me right, Virgin Atlantic uses the A-320 G-OUZO to Athens. However someone told me that this plane has since left Virgin Atlantic (correct me if I am wrong).


 
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In The Crew Area.....

Sat Jun 03, 2000 3:07 am

There is a note saying the reg of each plane and where they go to i cant remeber it hough   G-VIBE goes a lot to BOS and i went on it there
 
ContinentalEWR
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Aircraft Operation Questions.

Sat Jun 03, 2000 9:21 am

Virgin Atlantic operates three of its six 747-400's
on New York/JFK and Newark routes during the
summer travel season. The A340's are routinely
alternated between Tokyo/Hong Kong/Shanghai
routes and those to New York/JFK, Los Angeles,
and Capetown.

The 742's that operate to ORD tend to be the
same (High as a Kite and Honey Pie). These
are relatively new 747-200's (in the sense that
Virgin acquired them from Air New Zealand and
Cathay Pacific in the last year).

Most of the 747-200's based at Gatwick often
fly the same routes to Orlando, Miami, Boston,
Newark, and the Caribbean. Virgin had one
747-100, Spirit of Sir Freddie, which was
scrapped in January 2000. This aircraft, the
only Virgin 747 with three windows, flew the
Gatwick-Boston and occasionally, the LHR-
JFK route.

Virgin's A320's and the new A321's fly the
Heathrow Athens frequencies and perhaps
do double duty with Virgin Sun.

Virgin Express has ordered 11 B737-700's
to complement its existing fleet of 737
series -300 and -400's.

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