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Status Of The A340, VP-CCC

Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:17 am

I posted this topic a few months back, however, it was removed because I included a link to another aircraft site which apparently isn't allowed around here.

That being said, I was searching for some interior photos of the VIP A340, VP-CCC. In the course of my searching, I discovered that as best I cant tell there have been no sightings of it since the middle of 2010 when it was seen to be in storage. It seems to have been in and out of storage between 2008 and 2010, but after that I can find nothing.

Who currently owns this aircraft and what is its status? Will we see her flying in her current configuration any time soon?

The most recent photo in the data base of this beautiful plane:


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RE: Status Of The A340, VP-CCC

Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:49 am

Quoting g38 (Thread starter):
Who currently owns this aircraft and what is its status?

According to planespotters.net it is owned by Saad Air but operated by National Air Service (NAS). This photo (http://bit.ly/wu81ul) suggests that it is in storage at BSL, which is a sad as it is a very pretty looking aircraft. I can't find any information about the aircraft that is more recent than 2010.  
Quoting g38 (Thread starter):
I was searching for some interior photos of the VIP A340, VP-CCC

Did you find any?
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RE: Status Of The A340, VP-CCC

Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:02 am

No, I didn't. I looked everywhere but I can't seem to find any pics of the interior. I find this very surprising, as I'm sure someone must have taken some somewhere along the line. I just cant find them.
 
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RE: Status Of The A340, VP-CCC

Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:47 am

VP-CCC was logged at BSL two days ago (27 Jan 12). It didn't expressly say it was in storage but every sighting of it I can see for the last year is in BSL.
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RE: Status Of The A340, VP-CCC

Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:18 pm

So the question then that pops to my mind is why is such a new aircraft in storage? The obvious answer is that a VIP A340 is simple excessive. The market for a personal transport of that size has got to be almost nonexistent. That being said, what are the chances that the proposed VIP A380 wont end up in storage after only a couple years of service?
 
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RE: Status Of The A340, VP-CCC

Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:31 pm

It's not stored, it's just undergoing or awaiting VIP cabin installation at Jet Aviation in BSL. VIP cabin installation can take up to several years, waiting time not included.

Other good examples are JY-ASX and M-IABU.
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RE: Status Of The A340, VP-CCC

Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:52 pm

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 5):
It's not stored, it's just undergoing or awaiting VIP cabin installation at Jet Aviation in BSL. VIP cabin installation can take up to several years, waiting time not included.

Other good examples are JY-ASX and M-IABU.

That's what I though as well. In the last years of its production Airbus produced a considerable number of VVIP A 340s (besides the ones already mentioned Gvmt. Algeria, Morocco, Kuwait).

Hangar space for cabin outfitting of such large VVIP jets is obviously limited.
 
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RE: Status Of The A340, VP-CCC

Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:22 pm

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 5):
It's not stored, it's just undergoing or awaiting VIP cabin installation at Jet Aviation in BSL. VIP cabin installation can take up to several years, waiting time not included.

As a sidenote, I believe the first 747-8i to be delivered is a VIP aircraft, but it will only be flown to the location where the interior is being installed and won't go into service for another 2 years or so.
 
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RE: Status Of The A340, VP-CCC

Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:27 pm

Quoting g38 (Reply 2):
No, I didn't. I looked everywhere but I can't seem to find any pics of the interior.

It is likely that there is no interior picture because there is nothing yet to be shown.
When delivered in late 2006, it was said that the ac would be out-fitted for 80 PAX.
She was flown to Dublin in early 2008 to receive the crew rest module in the cargo hold.
She was then flown to Basel where she was seen cocconed in 2010.
 
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RE: Status Of The A340, VP-CCC

Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:52 pm

I know there was A320 in the same livery, what happend to that georgius bird?

The A346 is drop dead beautiful, absolutley stunning..

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RE: Status Of The A340, VP-CCC

Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:08 pm

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 5):
Other good examples are JY-ASX and M-IABU.

I assume VP-CAC which is stored at LDE could be added to that list?
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untit...d=e2af2dbf31ad97f5d11a146832e46871

Quoting solnabo (Reply 9):
I know there was A320 in the same livery, what happend to that georgius bird?

That was VP-CMS. It was not taken up by Air New Zealand (was to be registered ZK-OJJ) so was sold to NAS Air (VP-CMS ) where it had the beautiful livery.
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untit...d=39c9e3d751755267542b4730cdf896dc
In 2008 it was sold to the Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight (A6-DLM) and was repainted.
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