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Virgin Atlantic a330-200

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 4:36 pm
by bw19800
I read the forum daily but post very occasionally so be kind :D
In a recent interview Shai Wess (CEO Virgin Atlantic) said the A330-200 would be leaving very soon but I'm wondering how soon???. I have a flight from Man - Ord booked for May21 in premium & with the a330-200 having the 'better' premium seating vs the a330-300 i hope they aren't leaving too soon

Re: Virgin Atlantic a330-200

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 6:21 pm
by CWL757
bw19800 wrote:
I read the forum daily but post very occasionally so be kind :D
In a recent interview Shai Wess (CEO Virgin Atlantic) said the A330-200 would be leaving very soon but I'm wondering how soon???. I have a flight from Man - Ord booked for May21 in premium & with the a330-200 having the 'better' premium seating vs the a330-300 i hope they aren't leaving too soon

Ones already gone, all to be gone by 2022 I believe.

Re: Virgin Atlantic a330-200

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 6:39 pm
by cedarjet
Presumably the -200 had the Air-Berlin premium product as opposed to the -300 with the Virgin Atlantic old herringbone coffins with the window behind you?

Re: Virgin Atlantic a330-200

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:15 pm
by User001
End of October to mid November are the proposed leave dates for the A332. For S21 currently 2 will be based at LHR and one at MAN.

Re: Virgin Atlantic a330-200

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:17 pm
by skipness1E
I'd be astonished if they re-enter service. The A330 fleet is grounded with only B789/A350 flying out of LHR on mainly cargo flights. If and when the A330s return, it makes no sense to have a small subfleet with a different engine type if some of the -300s are still parked, or even worse, the new A350s are still parked!
I think the active fleet will be B789, all the currently parked A350s and then selected A330-300s, with the oddball -200s the very last to return if at all.

I could be 100% wrong on this. Again :)

Re: Virgin Atlantic a330-200

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:18 pm
by bw19800
cedarjet wrote:
Presumably the -200 had the Air-Berlin premium product as opposed to the -300 with the Virgin Atlantic old herringbone coffins with the window behind you?


All the -200 had new cabins in Jan19 with Premium getting 'Singapore Airlines' seat.
https://www.vsflyinghub.com/a330-200

Re: Virgin Atlantic a330-200

Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:31 pm
by Cointrin330
All the A330-200s in the VS fleet came from Air Berlin, and while initially, they did sport just the AB premium product, which was dated, clunky, and uncomfortable, they were retrofitted to the VS standard in early 2019. I suspect this sub-fleet will be retired. They were bought for a pre-COVID19 strategy and designed for expansion at MAN. At this point, VS is in such a precarious state, it will likely shrink the fleet down to the 789 and the A35K and possibly see the A333s exit sooner rather than later.

Re: Virgin Atlantic a330-200

Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:35 pm
by JannEejit
The A332 was always supposed to be a stop gap solution to the 787 downtime, was it not ? There's also the issue of the A330Neo that's inbound to the fleet and would also have displaced the CEO anyway.

Re: Virgin Atlantic a330-200

Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:08 pm
by VSMUT
JannEejit wrote:
The A332 was always supposed to be a stop gap solution to the 787 downtime, was it not ? There's also the issue of the A330Neo that's inbound to the fleet and would also have displaced the CEO anyway.


A bit more than that, they were also meant to fill the gap until the first A330neo's arrive. The A332 was going to leave by 2021 anyway, so not really a big loss.


bw19800 wrote:
cedarjet wrote:
Presumably the -200 had the Air-Berlin premium product as opposed to the -300 with the Virgin Atlantic old herringbone coffins with the window behind you?


All the -200 had new cabins in Jan19 with Premium getting 'Singapore Airlines' seat.
https://www.vsflyinghub.com/a330-200


"New". I can't help but think that those business seats look like they just refurbished the existing Air Berlin seats. Overall, not a big loss for Virgin.

Re: Virgin Atlantic a330-200

Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:16 pm
by DobboDobbo
Cointrin330 wrote:
At this point, VS is in such a precarious state, it will likely shrink the fleet down to the 789 and the A35K and possibly see the A333s exit sooner rather than later.



The A330-900neo are now due late 2022 (see link below which contains a direct quote).

https://simpleflying.com/virgin-atlanti ... o-fleet-2/

Re: Virgin Atlantic a330-200

Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:10 pm
by debonair
bw19800 wrote:
I read the forum daily but post very occasionally so be kind :D


As ALWAYS with BA or VS etc. check "the source" first!
Everything regarding VS, like fleet, seatmaps, routes etc. is perfectly explained and updated on www.thevssource.com ! Just have a look!