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I Just Saw The Virgin America A320 At GLH

Sun Mar 26, 2006 8:02 am

Just 20 min ago 1630 CST I saw the brand new Virgin America A320 at GLH. I am working on the ambulance today, and I have friends that are Airport security/fireman at GLH so we went in the hanger to look at it!!! Reg N621VA So far it has the white base coat, red engine cowlings, an American Flag on the winglet. I even looked at the paint scheme blueprints. It still needs the tail painted red, and virgin on the tail and fuselage. should be done within the next day or so. So if anyone can get to Greenville, MS in the next day or so you could be one of the firsts to see it. I do not have a digital camera, but I will try and borrow one tonight, and take pics tommorrow, while at work. by the way it is in hanger 450. Also I'm sure you could care less, but a NW 757200 just flew in here to.
 
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RE: I Just Saw The Virgin America A320 At GLH

Sun Mar 26, 2006 8:52 am

Check this out!! Another A320 just landed here at GLH from BGR Reg N622VA I guess this is another Virgin America 320 given the Reg!!
 
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RE: I Just Saw The Virgin America A320 At GLH

Sun Mar 26, 2006 9:24 am

It is interesting to see that they are having all these planes delivered and getting painted, yet they do not have an operating certificate. Are these planes leased or purchased? Either way, Virgin America will have to make payments for the aircraft as they sit at an airport and do nothing.

Also, why are the planes being painted at GLH? Why doesn't Airbus paint the planes at the factory? Is this a way to keep the livery concealed, or a way to save money?
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RE: I Just Saw The Virgin America A320 At GLH

Sun Mar 26, 2006 9:29 am

Quoting Hoya (Reply 2):
Why doesn't Airbus paint the planes at the factory? Is this a way to keep the livery concealed, or a way to save money?

I would say it is to keep the livery a secret intill the official launch. The purchase price of an airliner includes the cost of painting (unless its a special livery that would be expensive to paint), unless Virgin America (VA) got a discount due to VA would be painting them, then it would cost more other wise. Hopfully I will see a VS A320 in person in June or August while I'm flying in the States
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RE: I Just Saw The Virgin America A320 At GLH

Sun Mar 26, 2006 11:16 am

Quoting 777ER (Reply 3):
The purchase price of an airliner includes the cost of painting

Any chance Airbus sub'd the painting out?
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RE: I Just Saw The Virgin America A320 At GLH

Sun Mar 26, 2006 11:42 am

Quoting MarkATL (Reply 4):
Any chance Airbus sub'd the painting out?

They might have, if things were backed up at their paint shed. Or maybe they decided it would be a better use of their time to focus on painting for airlines with operating certificates.  Yeah sure But money is money, and an order is an order, so who knows.

Of course, regardless of who the bird is painted for, pics are always nice.  wink 
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RE: I Just Saw The Virgin America A320 At GLH

Sun Mar 26, 2006 11:49 am

To start service they need a critical mass of jets. They also need to train F/As and all sorts of other staff. One would assume they need jets to train on. Makes sense to me.
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RE: I Just Saw The Virgin America A320 At GLH

Sun Mar 26, 2006 12:15 pm

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 6):
They also need to train F/As and all sorts of other staff. One would assume they need jets to train on

Staff are trained in a training room with a mock up jet, but a real jet is even better
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RE: I Just Saw The Virgin America A320 At GLH

Mon Mar 27, 2006 6:19 am

N621VA Departed GLH at 1000hrs Sun going to YUL. Saw it leave, but did not get pics. The paint job was not completed.
 
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RE: I Just Saw The Virgin America A320 At GLH

Mon Mar 27, 2006 3:20 pm

So my question is who's flying those aircrafts?
 
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RE: I Just Saw The Virgin America A320 At GLH

Mon Mar 27, 2006 3:24 pm

Quoting NKMCO (Reply 9):
So my question is who's flying those aircrafts?

The pilots, I should hope.  biggrin 

But seriously, folks. It's probably a ferry cew for the paint shop.

Question: does YUL have a paint shed or hanger space totuck this plane away for awhile in?

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