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Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Fri Apr 13, 2007 10:28 pm

Virgin America will store 4 aircraft at SCK (Stockton) for the next few months.

The first will arrive this afternoon, the remainder next week.

The aircraft will be parked on the cargo ramp.

Should make a nice photo op when all 4 are there after next week.
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RE: Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Fri Apr 13, 2007 10:43 pm

Amazing how long red tape can take to go through when an airline isnt American isnt it?

Good luck to them I say. Hope they can get started on ops soon.
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RE: Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Sat Apr 14, 2007 1:38 am

I saw 3 at SFO last night.
 
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RE: Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Sat Apr 14, 2007 1:51 am

You don't need a passport to know what state you're in...
 
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RE: Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Sat Apr 14, 2007 2:40 am

I'm guessing that these are the ones that were sitting at SFO? I can't remember if I saw 3 or 4 there when I passed through last week, but I am guessing that storage is considerably cheaper at SCK than SFO! Makes sense to put the planes there until they can get everything squared away and start service.
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RE: Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:47 am

Quoting CAETravlr (Reply 4):
I'm guessing that these are the ones that were sitting at SFO? I can't remember if I saw 3 or 4 there when I passed through last week, but I am guessing that storage is considerably cheaper at SCK than SFO! Makes sense to put the planes there until they can get everything squared away and start service.

No, the one's at SFO are part of a strategy effort from VA to do advertising. The aircraft are placed in such a way that if you look out from Terminal 3, all you see is VA planes....This is United and American's terminal, and if you've forgotten, SFO's current biggest players to NYC.  Wink

On occasion, one of the three aircraft will be moved to the international terminal for some advertising to traffic on the overpass, while at other times, doing ramp training.

The aircraft coming to SCK are from RME and are part of a move to start placing aircraft closer for start of operations. There may even be cheaper costs involved, but I wouldn't see why SCK would be cheaper than RME.
 
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RE: Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:51 am

According to the media article:
"Storing the planes will generate about $2,000 a month for the airport for the next three to four months"
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.d...icle?AID=/20070413/A_NEWS/70412050
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RE: Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:59 am

Very interesting. Thanks for the info Xpfg. I didn't even realize that VA already had that many planes. Of course, I have been out of the loop for a while, so it is good to catch up on what is going on. I must admit, I was quite intrigued the first time I saw those planes when landing at SFO. You get a really good view of them from the end of the UAX terminal for sure.
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RE: Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Sat Apr 14, 2007 7:09 am

Well, I just got back from SCK to see 621VA come in, and it still looks exactly like this:


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Not sure why the haven't finished painting it yet, but we'll see what happens with it in the future.

The tower asked what the deal was with the aircraft, and one of the pilots responded saying that they would be parking "a few" of them at the cargo ramp for a while, and that he'd "be back Monday with another."

I took a few pics, and may post them here a little later.

That's all I have for now...
 
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RE: Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Sat Apr 14, 2007 12:52 pm

Any idea if VA has pilots/fa's trained and ready to roll? If not who are flying these aircraft?

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RE: Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Sat Apr 14, 2007 1:19 pm

VA has many pilots already and they do flight training often in SFO as well. Additionally, they have many chief pilots flying these ferries.
 
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RE: Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Sat Apr 14, 2007 1:29 pm

Just think how great it could be if they could only afford real airplanes...
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RE: Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:36 pm

Quoting SCCutler (Reply 11):
Just think how great it could be if they could only afford real airplanes

My thought exactly.How do you start an airline with AMERICA in the name with a foreign aircraft and then put American names on them,Just awful. airplane 
 
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RE: Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:43 pm

Quoting Nonfirm (Reply 12):
My thought exactly.How do you start an airline with AMERICA in the name with a foreign aircraft and then put American names on them,Just awful.

Um - British Airways flies some Boeing aircraft, which are not British (or even European). No one seems to mind.

???

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RE: Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:49 pm

Quoting SCCutler (Reply 11):
Just think how great it could be if they could only afford real airplanes...



Quoting Nonfirm (Reply 12):
My thought exactly.How do you start an airline with AMERICA in the name with a foreign aircraft and then put American names on them,Just awful. 

Yeah, just as awful as AF and BA flying Boeing aircraft, right?
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RE: Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Sat Apr 14, 2007 5:48 pm

Well, at least VA is saving on money by doing this and in the long run it will save them money by putting them here instead of SFO.

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RE: Virgin America Storing Aircraft At SCK

Sat Apr 14, 2007 6:18 pm

Quoting Mariner (Reply 13):
Um - British Airways flies some Boeing aircraft, which are not British (or even European).



Quoting Kappel (Reply 14):
Yeah, just as awful as AF and BA flying Boeing aircraft, right?

Even worse British Airways gave some of their American aircraft American names:

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