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Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:53 pm

Hey what's up guys,
My mate is traveling through FLL today (en route to DCA) and when driving into the airport he texted me saying there was a VS A346 on the ground at Fort Lauderdale. He sent me a picture and sure enough there four engines in the pic so it could not have been a diversion from MIA (which gets the A330). I was wondering where/why might this VS A340 be here for. I know the weather is terrible down there but according to Flight Aware, an A346 is not scheduled to be in the state at any time so a weather diversion from Miami or Orlando can't be likely.

Thanks for any and all help,
Jeff
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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:07 pm

Quoting jeffh747 (Thread starter):
Hey what's up guys,
My mate is traveling through FLL today (en route to DCA) and when driving into the airport he texted me saying there was a VS A346 on the ground at Fort Lauderdale. He sent me a picture and sure enough there four engines in the pic so it could not have been a diversion from MIA (which gets the A330). I was wondering where/why might this VS A340 be here for. I know the weather is terrible down there but according to Flight Aware, an A346 is not scheduled to be in the state at any time so a weather diversion from Miami or Orlando can't be likely.

Thanks for any and all help,
Jeff

Well the Dolphins are playing in London this weekend. A lot of times these one off special trips get bid out to sponsors of the game. I don't know if this is the case, but an idea.
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:13 pm

This is a NFL charter flight to London for the Miami Dolphins.

Registration is G-VBUG

It is currently headed to Gatwick as Virgin Atlantic 9936.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/GVBUG

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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:31 pm

Oohh thanks!
I would've thought they'd use an American 777 or their usual 763 for this trip.
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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:39 pm

Quoting jeffh747 (Thread starter):
could not have been a diversion from MIA (which gets the A330).

MIA gets all fleet types from Virgin throughout the year. Right now it is a 333/744 mix. This winter it is 744 only.
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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:02 am

Quoting jeffh747 (Reply 3):
I would've thought they'd use an American 777 or their usual 763 for this trip.

Virgin Atlantic always flys the US teams over for the UK games.
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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:22 am

Looks like G-VBUG did the honors for the Raiders, too: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/G...G/history/20140922/0100Z/KBOS/EGKK (they played the Patriots on the road last week)
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:02 am

Do crew like or dislike working these type of charters?

What is different about the service? Does it vary based on the contractual terms?

Do team members sit in J? Is the aircraft reconfigured specifically for the flight?
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:08 am

Quoting questions (Reply 7):
Do team members sit in J? Is the aircraft reconfigured specifically for the flight?

No, it's a regularly configured aircraft.

Quoting questions (Reply 7):
Do team members sit in J?

Well, it's the team, staff, executives, etc.. So I'm assuming yes.

Quoting questions (Reply 7):
What is different about the service?

I don't think there's much of a difference. Maybe just in the meals.

[Edited 2014-09-25 19:09:53]
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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:20 am

Quoting questions (Reply 7):
Do team members sit in J? Is the aircraft reconfigured specifically for the flight?

Coaches and team execs would likely sit in J. Seats left over would likely go to team captains and the older players. For the players they will try to not have any body sit in middle seats. They are big guys. But usually for a game like this there will be a larger amount of team employees traveling.
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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:23 am

That's awesome! Thanks for the info, knew I could relay on the experts for this one  
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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:30 am

A standard VS A346 has 45 J and 22 W seats - so that sounds like enough for the team and senior staff - though to be honest I have no idea how many travel for each team.

My only observation though is that the J seats are not overly wide and being in individual cocoon style modules I wonder how suitable they are for the big guys shown in the picture and whether in fact they might be better off in W.
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Fri Sep 26, 2014 11:16 am

Meanwhile the JetBlue NY JETS plane taxied by as the team was boarding the flight...

 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:47 pm

Miami's return flight:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/VIR9937

Can't find Oaklands, as of yet. Guessing VIR9935, but that's just a guess as their outbound was 9934, and the two Miami flights was/is 9936, 9937.
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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:52 pm

Here are three shots of "Lady Bug" crossing I-95,clearing the fence and landing on FLL's 10L. The return aircraft arrived around 0515H today (9/29) and departed at 0753 after dropping the Dolphins off.

Virgin A346 arrives at FLL to take the Miami Dolphins to LHR

[Edited 2014-09-29 08:00:52]

[Edited 2014-09-29 08:01:11]
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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:01 am

Quoting eksath (Reply 14):
The return aircraft arrived around 0515H today (9/29) and departed at 0753 after dropping the Dolphins off.

Got a couple of shots of G-VWEB heading back to London yesterday morning.
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:20 am

Miami Dolphins LT, Branden Albert's boarding pass.

www.instagram.com/b_albert71
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RE: Virgin Atlantic A340 At FLL?

Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:23 am

Quoting greenjet (Reply 15):

Got a couple of shots of G-VWEB heading back to London yesterday morning.

Awesome shots! Well done!
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