spiritair97
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G-VROC Converted To LGW Configuration?

Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:05 am

I live near JFK and used to see G-VROC fly in on flight VIR45/46 frequently, being rotated with G-VBIG and G-VHOT. I was looking on flightaware and noticed that G-VROC has been operating LGW-BGI and other caribbean destinations, and thought, "Oh, alright. It's been operating some Caribbean flights recently", but then realized it was Bridgetown to GATWICK! Was this aircraft converted to the Gatwick/Manchester configuration? If so, why? Is it because of G-VRAY and other a330s coming online?

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/GVROC
 
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Richard28
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RE: G-VROC Converted To LGW Configuration?

Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:11 am

VROC is still in LGR config...

Bridgetown has in the past had LHR configured 747's as it has higher demand in premium classes.

The LGW is also currently being refitted, so I guess they need cover from the LHR fleet to
Maintain the schedule.
 
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RE: G-VROC Converted To LGW Configuration?

Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:50 am

BGI is frequently operated by a LHR config. Last year VFAB was based at LGW for many months. I believe VROC is operating the inaugural VS flight to CUN as we speak.
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RE: G-VROC Converted To LGW Configuration?

Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:06 am

Inaugural was weeks ago, this " inaugural" is the one with the leader on board, hence a LHR config.
 
Vir744
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RE: G-VROC Converted To LGW Configuration?

Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:25 pm

G-VROC is providing C check cover for G-VROS & G-VGAL. It will be returning to LHR on Wednesday with G-VBIG coming down to LGW in its place.
 
AAMDanny
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RE: G-VROC Converted To LGW Configuration?

Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:22 pm

Hi VIR744, How long will ROS & GAL be gone for?

VS have been sending the LHR config 747's into LGW for years now, primarily in the winter so routes like BGI and occasionally UVF & ANU have the extra J and W capacity (and the better IFE system) so it's an win-win with customers and revenue.
 
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RE: G-VROC Converted To LGW Configuration?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:15 am

Viewing my Airnav Radarbox Hong Kong network yesterday morning, i saw Virgin Atlantic B747-400 G-VAST arriving into Hong Kong as VIR812P. This might also explain why B747-400 G-VROC is operating out of LGW .
 
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RE: G-VROC Converted To LGW Configuration?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:38 am

Quoting psimpson (Reply 6):
Viewing my Airnav Radarbox Hong Kong network yesterday morning, i saw Virgin Atlantic B747-400 G-VAST arriving into Hong Kong as VIR812P. This might also explain why B747-400 G-VROC is operating out of LGW .

G-VAST's refit is complete. It was leaving HKG and is back in service today. G-VLIP is due in HKG tomorrow and is the third B744 in for the refit.
So long 701, it was nice knowing you.
 
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RE: G-VROC Converted To LGW Configuration?

Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:12 pm

Quoting AAMDanny (Reply 5):
Hi VIR744, How long will ROS & GAL be gone for?

G-VROS is back from FRA, G-VGAL is out there at the moment. I'm not sure how soon it is due back but won't be too far off now as it is just a C check, although these are getting longer nowadays.
 
spiritair97
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RE: G-VROC Converted To LGW Configuration?

Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:52 pm

Quoting VIR744 (Reply 8):
G-VROS is back from FRA, G-VGAL is out there at the moment. I'm not sure how soon it is due back but won't be too far off now as it is just a C check, although these are getting longer nowadays.

I wasn't aware that they did their checks in FRA. Must be cool to be spotting at FRA and see a VS 744 coming in amongst all the LH aircraft!

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