kjet12
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Virgin Atlantic All Airbus

Sun Apr 01, 2001 2:40 am

Does anybody know if Virgin Atlantic has any intention to become an all Airbus operator? i.e. A340s and A321s?
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G-CIVP
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RE: Virgin Atlantic All Airbus

Sun Apr 01, 2001 2:44 am

Well, considering Virgin is going to take delivery of another five or so B747-400's in the very near future, the short answer is no!
 
gerardo
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RE: Virgin Atlantic All Airbus

Sun Apr 01, 2001 2:53 am

Even if Virgin has ordered many A340, A321 and A380, I think Virgin will always order, what ost suite them, be it Airbus or Boeing.

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VirginA340
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RE: Virgin Atlantic All Airbus

Sun Apr 01, 2001 2:54 am

Maybe in the next 20-30 years. But hey; who knows? I would like VS to keep the 747s since they did start out from a 747-200 in the early 80s.
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cba
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RE: Virgin Atlantic All Airbus

Sun Apr 01, 2001 2:59 am

No. Airbus still has no real competitor for the 744.
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic All Airbus

Sun Apr 01, 2001 6:24 am

Virgin Express and Virgin Blue are all Boeing though!
 
dynkrisolo
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RE: Virgin Atlantic All Airbus

Sun Apr 01, 2001 12:58 pm

Cba:

The A346 is a tad smaller than the B744, but it carries more cargo and fly farther than the B744. So, VS can use the A346 to replace the B744 if they really want to standardize their fleet. Anyhow, I don't believe Virgin Atlantic (excluding Virgin Sun and Virgin Blue) will go all Airbus.
 
cba
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RE: Virgin Atlantic All Airbus

Sun Apr 01, 2001 2:29 pm

The 346 may be able to fly 200mm further than the 744 (the 744ER will have the range of the 346) and may carry more cargo, but it lacks the capacity. It is the size of a 742, and intended as a 742 replacement. The 744 is perfect on flights were an A380 is not needed, but an A340 is too small.
 
dynkrisolo
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RE: Virgin Atlantic All Airbus

Sun Apr 01, 2001 10:52 pm

Cba:

Since airlines on average fill their planes 70% full, I would say 90% of the time the A346 is a much better choice than the B744. Only during peak seasons, the A346 might be a bit small. The A346 has lower unit operating cost and more cargo capacity. Seat-for-seat, the A346 is a B742 replacement. But in terms of operating economics, it can be an effective B744 replacement. That's why BA is looking into the B773ER to replace some of their B744s.

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