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How Will Virgin's Fleet Outlook Change?

Sat Nov 11, 2000 4:43 am

I was wondering what the forum thought of VS's new 747-400 acquistions. The airline now has 7 747-400s on order. The airline also has 8 A340-600s on order from Toulouse. Currently, the airline operates

6 747-400s
11 747-200s
10 A340-300s

The 8 A340-600s were thought to be 747-200 replacements, but now the airline will have the 747-400s entering the fleet before the A340-600s. Will this order make Virgin not take out the 10 options is has on the -600 line? Will they replace the 747-200s earlier than expected? Last but not least, how does this effect their 747X and A3XX future purchases? Also, for how long is the Air Atlanta 747-300 being leased?
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
 
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RE: How Will Virgin's Fleet Outlook Change?

Sat Nov 11, 2000 4:55 am

I think Virgin is on the grow again!! It might be have something to do with BM going trans Atlantic.
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RE: How Will Virgin's Fleet Outlook Change?

Sat Nov 11, 2000 8:48 am

I personally think that VS will phase out their 747-200 fleet once the A340-600's arrive.

The reason is simple: the A346 has the same seating capacity as the 742, but a lot more range. I expect them on flights such as ORD-LHR, the second LAX-LHR flight, and so on.