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#962739 by 747G-VXLG
12 Nov 2021, 08:38
G-VUFO will leave Manchester today at 1300 and position to Heathrow as VS812P. The aircraft will probably go into maintenance for a while then before returning to service.
#962818 by 747G-VXLG
22 Nov 2021, 00:44
G-VUFO is the 9th A330-300 to return to service this evening as VS453 to Tel Aviv.
G-VNYC is the only one not to return to service yet. She should be returning from XMN maintenance very soon and will then be carrying her first uptown girls onboard in over 20 months.

No news on the final 2 -200s yet, but I think it’s safe to say that they will be off to be made into tin cans in the next couple of months.
#962822 by VS075
22 Nov 2021, 14:35
Weaver33 wrote:A330-200 G-VWND has a test flight planned at 1300 today, from/to Manchester as VS832T.


That's possibly its first flight since it returned from Dresden back in July.

747G-VXLG wrote:No news on the final 2 -200s yet, but I think it’s safe to say that they will be off to be made into tin cans in the next couple of months.


I'm beginning to doubt that we've seen the last of the -200s. If they're done with them for good, I'd have thought they would have returned off-lease by now like with G-VMIK and G-VMNK and with the 747s when they suddenly announced their immediate withdrawal, though it may not be possible to break the leases or it's cheaper to keep them until their leases expire than break them early.

That said, with the constant chopping and changing of the winter 2021 and summer 2022 schedules, there's probably some fluidity to the situation.
#962828 by 747G-VXLG
22 Nov 2021, 19:40
VS075 wrote:
Weaver33 wrote:A330-200 G-VWND has a test flight planned at 1300 today, from/to Manchester as VS832T.


That's possibly its first flight since it returned from Dresden back in July.

747G-VXLG wrote:No news on the final 2 -200s yet, but I think it’s safe to say that they will be off to be made into tin cans in the next couple of months.


I'm beginning to doubt that we've seen the last of the -200s. If they're done with them for good, I'd have thought they would have returned off-lease by now like with G-VMIK and G-VMNK and with the 747s when they suddenly announced their immediate withdrawal, though it may not be possible to break the leases or it's cheaper to keep them until their leases expire than break them early.

That said, with the constant chopping and changing of the winter 2021 and summer 2022 schedules, there's probably some fluidity to the situation.


They could potentially do the cargo only flights to fill up all the -300s for passenger flights until the leases end in March.
#962849 by 747G-VXLG
23 Nov 2021, 21:35
Following the announcement of G-VEVE’s delivery, from December the following aircraft should be active:

8 A350-1000s
17 B787-9s
10 A330-300s (They will be taking turns in visiting XMN for maintenance)

Both A330-200s remain in storage at MAN for now with the exception of test flights.

35 - Active - 95%
2 - Inactive - 5%

This is a massive step up for Virgin compared to a few months back.
#963014 by David
05 Dec 2021, 12:41
747G-VXLG wrote:G-VRAY positioned MAN-EDI this morning as VS927P in order to operate the EDI-BGI VS223 inaugural flight.


Hopefully reasonable loads on the inaugural - what I would give to be heading there this morning, its a bitter wind in the Borders today.

David
#963015 by ColOrd
05 Dec 2021, 13:59
Load was about 90, 20 in J, 20 in W and about 50 in Y! Hopefully it will start to pick up! I assume it’s cos it hasn’t been on sale for a long time and confidence is taking a dent cos of Omicron
#963016 by 747G-VXLG
05 Dec 2021, 14:27
ColOrd wrote:Load was about 90, 20 in J, 20 in W and about 50 in Y! Hopefully it will start to pick up! I assume it’s cos it hasn’t been on sale for a long time and confidence is taking a dent cos of Omicron


If the loads remain at that level, I can’t see this route lasting very long.
#963022 by 747G-VXLG
05 Dec 2021, 21:07
Some switches today at BGI because there is no return to flight to EDI:
G-VRAY will be flying to Heathrow as VS132.
G-VLUV will be continuing to SVD-BGI-LHR as VS197/8.
G-VNYC will be flying to Manchester as VS78.

From tomorrow the following aircraft will be based at Manchester:
G-VGBR
G-VGEM
G-VNYC
G-VBOW

All others (excluding the a330-200s) will be at Heathrow.

G-VSXY remains in XMN maintenance.
G-VCRU remains in maintenance/storage at Heathrow.
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