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VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:10 am

I was looking into VS website for my trip to LHR from DXB next January, I found that Virgin Atlantic changed the daily service to/from DXB to A333 instead of the A346.
Is this a downgrade due to the tough competition on the route. DXB is the second after JFK for flights from London.
 
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RE: VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:43 am

Quoting uaeflyer (Thread starter):
Is this a downgrade due to the tough competition on the route.

Virgin Atlantic’s first Airbus A330 aircraft has now taken to the skies from Manchester to Orlando signaling the arrival of its new $2.2bn fleet of 10 planes.The new A330 aircraft will be delivered over the next two years enabling the long haul airline to take more passengers to key markets including US East Coast, East and West Africa, the Middle East and India.

Its maiden A330 aircraft, named 'Beauty Queen' will be Virgin Atlantic's first long range twin engined aircraft and is the most efficient aircraft in its class today. The new plane will use 15% less fuel per seat than the airline's A340-300 aircraft, delivering Virgin Atlantic’s commitment to flying a lower carbon fleet.

http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/en/gb...ersandnews/latestnews/newa330s.jsp

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RE: VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:43 am

I suspect it will be a cost saving excercise, the 333 is far more economical to run than the 346 and the capacity is not that different.
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RE: VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:25 pm

Actually, the A330 has an upgraded product offering (seats and entertainment system), I actually would consider this as an upgrade (As long as it is the three class A330). Definitely makes me want to travel with them now.
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RE: VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:27 pm

Quoting uaeflyer (Thread starter):

Is this a downgrade due to the tough competition on the route. DXB is the second after JFK for flights from London.

It is the quiet time for UK-Dubai traffic. Previously in Jan/Feb we have seen the 340-300 used instead of the 340-600 so it is not unusual.

It goes back to a 346 after the winter.
 
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RE: VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:21 am

Quoting EK413 (Reply 1):
Virgin Atlantic’s first Airbus A330 aircraft has now taken to the skies from Manchester to Orlando signaling the arrival of its new $2.2bn fleet of 10 planes.

Its been flying to MCO since April 2011. There are already 4 or 5 in service if not more. One was subleased to Ryan International before they filed CH. 11 in March 2012.
 
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RE: VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:46 am

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 5):
Its been flying to MCO since April 2011. There are already 4 or 5 in service if not more

EK413 was quoting from a press release.
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RE: VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:59 am

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 5):
Its been flying to MCO since April 2011. There are already 4 or 5 in service if not more. One was subleased to Ryan International before they filed CH. 11 in March 2012.

I'm aware of that I was simply quoting the press release with the link provided...

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 6):

     

I've read in another thread and apparently the A333's which have been subleased are in the process of being returned to VS with one in the paint shop and the other aircraft to be returned shortly from CI...

Return Of Leased VS A330s (by trex8 Nov 17 2012 in Civil Aviation)

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RE: VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:36 am

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 5):

Pretty sure all 10 have now been delivered, with 7 in service. G-VGEM and G-VUFO are in ZRH having cabin work and G-VLUV is in the final month or so of its lease to CI.
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RE: VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:54 pm

Quoting uaeflyer (Thread starter):
DXB is the second after JFK for flights from London.

Technically, if we are speaking of downguages from the a340, ORD was the first city after JFK.
If we are talking service from London (I assume you mean LHR), YVR was second after JFK.
 
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RE: VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:19 pm

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 9):
Technically, if we are speaking of downguages from the a340, ORD was the first city after JFK.
If we are talking service from London (I assume you mean LHR), YVR was second after JFK.

Actually DEL got the 330 before ORD.
 
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RE: VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:01 pm

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 9):

YVR never saw the A333, except for one or two equipment substitutions.

JFK was first (from LHR), followed by DEL, then ORD, BOM, IAD and BOS.

As mentioned previously, DXB will revert to A346 for summer '13 and it was frequently an A343 in the winter anyway.

From LGW/MAN the leisure configured A333 serve MCO and LAS, and very occasionally BGI.

Arguably, in all but the number of engines, the A333 is an up gauge from an A343. More (and better) seats, better IFE, better economics.
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RE: VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:49 pm

Quoting anstar (Reply 10):
Actually DEL got the 330 before ORD.
Quoting sevenheavy (Reply 11):

JFK was first (from LHR), followed by DEL, then ORD, BOM, IAD and BOS.

Right, forgot about DEL. My apologies.
 
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RE: VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:56 pm

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 6):
EK413 was quoting from a press release.

That's right but without a date to provide context, it appears they are just starting deliveries.
 
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RE: VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:17 pm

Quoting mham001 (Reply 13):

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 6):
EK413 was quoting from a press release.

That's right but without a date to provide context, it appears they are just starting deliveries.

Next time just follow the link provided...

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RE: VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:01 am

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 8):

Pretty sure all 10 have now been delivered, with 7 in service. G-VGEM and G-VUFO are in ZRH having cabin work and G-VLUV is in the final month or so of its lease to CI.

The only ones that have been regularly coming ot MCO are G-VKSS, VSXY and VINE
 
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RE: VS Changed Fom A346 To A333 For DXB

Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:38 pm

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 15):

That's because they are the leisure aircraft that are based at LGW/MAN.

The rest are based at LHR, that's why you have not seen them.

From what I have read, the 3 leisure based ones will also be fitted into the LHR configuration and then will be rotated between LHR & LGW.

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