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Airbus A319/20/21N Reconfiguration/Repainting Tracking Thread

Airbus A319/20/21N Reconfiguration/Repainting Tracking Thread

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This thread will track the Airbus repainting and reconfiguration of the pmVX Airbus fleet.

As of June 2, 2019 - All pmVX aircraft have been repainted into Alaska livery.

The table below tracks the interior reconfiguration progress of the Airbus fleet.

New Interiors: https://blog.alaskaair.com/alaska-ai...abin-interior/ **Estimated completion of Airbus retrofits is the end of July 2020**

Additional AS fleet information: https://alaskafleetstatus.weebly.com [Includes all AS fleet information; this thread is just for the Airbus fleet, B737/E75/Q400 information is listed on this site]

New Configurations
A319 - F8W12Y99 -> F12W24Y87
A320 - F8W12Y126 [F8W18Y120 - interim VX Premium class config] -> F12W24Y114
A21N - F8W18Y159 -> F16W24Y150

Legend:
Bold indicates aircraft has been reconfigured

Airbus A319 0/10 Reconfigured
N521VA 521 (let there be flight)
N522VA 522 (the 1-year old virgin)
N523VA 523 (contents may be under pressure)
N524VA 524 (dark horse)
N525VA 525 (virgin & tonic) [GSO 8/14 for cabin mods]
N526VA 526 (jane)
N527VA 527 (tubular belle)
N528VA 528 (fog cutter)
N529VA 529 (moodlights, camera, action)
N530VA 530 (gogo dancer)

Airbus A320 13/47 Reconfigured
N361VA 361 (jersey girl)
N362VA 362 (spotifly)
N363VA 363 (sky surfer)
N364VA 364 (lady boss)
N365VA 365 (airbnb force one)
N621VA 621 (air colbert)
N622VA 622 (california dreaming) [GSO 8/9]
N623VA 623 (three if by air)
N624VA 624 (fred, white & blue)
N625VA 625 (jefferson airplane)
N626VA 626 (unicorn chaser)
N627VA 627 (runway angel)
N628VA 628 (entourage air)
N629VA 629 (midnight ride)
N630VA 630 (superfly)
N631VA 631 (chic mobile)
N632VA 632 (youtube air)
N633VA 633 (the tim clark express) [GSO 6/20]
N634VA 634 (mach daddy)
N635VA 635 (my other ride's a spaceship)
N636VA 636 (airplane 2.0) [GSO 8/6 for cabin mods]
N637VA 637 (an airplane named desire)
N638VA 638 (san francisco pride)
N639VA 639 (air drake)
N640VA 640 (refresh air)
N641VA 641 (dotcomsecrets air)
N642VA 642 (breanna jewel) [GSO 8/5]
N835VA 835 (arnold)
N836VA 836 (spruce moose)
N837VA 837 (air vh1)
N838VA 838 (dfw one)
N839VA 839 (myles from connemara)
N840VA 840 (bytheway)
N841VA 841 (#nerdbird)
N842VA 842 (real steel)
N843VA 843 (ˇVÁmonos!)
N844VA 844 (sol plane)
N845VA 845 (stay hungry, stay foolish)
N846VA 846 (glitter girl)
N847VA 847 (scarlett o'air)
N848VA 848 (bellapierre)
N849VA 849 (fly bye baby)
N851VA 851 (Friends Of Arjay Miller)
N852VA 852 (safady voyager)
N853VA 853 (mt. hoodie)
N854VA 854 (stand up flyer)
N855VA 855 (screw it, let's do it)

Airbus A320 ETOPS 0/6 Reconfigured
N281VA 281 (pineapple express)
N282VA 282 (judy ann)
N283VA 283 (chace plane)
N284VA 284 (rabid badger)
N285VA 285 (flights with benefits)
N286VA 286 (legally high)

Airbus A321NEO 5/9 Reconfigured
N921VA 921 (neo kid on the block)
N922VA 922 (frances)
N923VA 923 (3-2-1 liftoff)
N924VA 924
N925VA 925
N926VA 926 (More to Love special livery)
N927VA 927 (More to Love special livery)
N928VA 928
N929VA 929
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Old Feb 28, 19, 10:13 am
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New expected entry of service for 2nd 320 (or third airbus in new configuration) is saturday. LAX>>SEA
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Old Feb 28, 19, 12:41 pm
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Originally Posted by mastergamindude View Post


In the first video, look carefully. You’ll notice four rows of First Class seats. The A320s (and eventually the A319s) only have three rows. In the second video, that is of an A320 (N628VA). The first video has footage of N928VA, the A321neo with the new interior. Again, not much for the latter.

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Old Feb 28, 19, 12:43 pm
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Honestly it seems like the A321NEO could have pulled off 5 rows of first class, and an additional row of premium.
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Old Feb 28, 19, 2:38 pm
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Originally Posted by ASA_1 View Post
Honestly it seems like the A321NEO could have pulled off 5 rows of first class, and an additional row of premium.
Having a very small fleet of aircraft with five first class rows would be a disaster waiting to happen. There would be endless complaints whenever there is a plane swap.
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Old Feb 28, 19, 2:41 pm
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Honestly it seems like the A321NEO could have pulled off 5 rows of first class,
Wouldn't that have required two FAs for reasonable service?
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Old Feb 28, 19, 8:19 pm
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Having a very small fleet of aircraft with five first class rows would be a disaster waiting to happen. There would be endless complaints whenever there is a plane swap.
true, although I think one could argue the -900 fleet could easily pull off 20 as well in line with United and Delta.
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N361VA to be in GSO March 1st

Is there any way to tell the difference between whether these jets are going in for maintenance or for cabin mods?
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Old Mar 2, 19, 7:24 am
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Originally Posted by mastergamindude View Post
N361VA to be in GSO March 1st

Is there any way to tell the difference between whether these jets are going in for maintenance or for cabin mods?
Generally legacy VX painted birds were in for heavy maintenance. I generally feel most AS painted airbuses now going in will be for cabin mods and maintenance. The problem is VX deferred everything once the merger was announced so the airbuses are in for some TLC in general (cant come too soon as i flew N633VA this week....the cabins are very worn and needing some refurbishment).

RIP pineapple express...so many great flights together.....

once "an airplane named desire" goes in for paint....ill just be inconsolable! LOL! ;-)
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Old Mar 4, 19, 2:12 am
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Originally Posted by isaac.chambers View Post
Generally legacy VX painted birds were in for heavy maintenance. I generally feel most AS painted airbuses now going in will be for cabin mods and maintenance. The problem is VX deferred everything once the merger was announced so the airbuses are in for some TLC in general (cant come too soon as i flew N633VA this week....the cabins are very worn and needing some refurbishment).

RIP pineapple express...so many great flights together.....

once "an airplane named desire" goes in for paint....ill just be inconsolable! LOL! ;-)
N628VA went in as a VX painted bird, left with the new configuration, and stopped at VCV on the way back for a new coat of paint. I believe it is being done with HMV, but can't tell yet based off of the three examples we've seen. If I were to guess, I'd say the 321's would be the first to get the mods (increased seat count), then the N6XXVA birds going into maintenance, the N8 & 2 & 3XXVA ones, and finally the 319's. The different cabin configs might impact this (146pax vs 149pax), but it makes sense to do it fleet type at a time and start with the ones which will increase in seat count significantly.
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Old Mar 4, 19, 9:54 am
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Originally Posted by brettsir View Post
N628VA went in as a VX painted bird, left with the new configuration, and stopped at VCV on the way back for a new coat of paint. I believe it is being done with HMV, but can't tell yet based off of the three examples we've seen. If I were to guess, I'd say the 321's would be the first to get the mods (increased seat count), then the N6XXVA birds going into maintenance, the N8 & 2 & 3XXVA ones, and finally the 319's. The different cabin configs might impact this (146pax vs 149pax), but it makes sense to do it fleet type at a time and start with the ones which will increase in seat count significantly.
Was hoping the 321s would be the last ones to go, since they seem to be the newest in fleet (and seem to be frequently on the LAX/DCA route). Makes sense I guess to prioritize the mods w/ the highest profit impact, but will be sad to see them go.
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Old Mar 4, 19, 10:26 am
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Originally Posted by be_rettSEA View Post
Was hoping the 321s would be the last ones to go, since they seem to be the newest in fleet (and seem to be frequently on the LAX/DCA route). Makes sense I guess to prioritize the mods w/ the highest profit impact, but will be sad to see them go.
Ditto. Heck, even the F seats on those birds still work! The 321s are the best frames in the fleet.
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For Gogo, they were recommending passengers download the Gogo streaming app to watch movies prior to boarding at the gate. I don't know how well the app worked. I was given a Digital Player/Tablet in F after asking about the non-functioning Wifi service.

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Old Mar 6, 19, 4:58 pm
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Originally Posted by NoLaGent View Post
Ditto. Heck, even the F seats on those birds still work! The 321s are the best frames in the fleet.
I really held out hope that AS might use the A321s as a dedicated premium transcon fleet for routes like lax/sfo-dca and lax/sfo-jfk. The F and Y seats on the VX A321NEO are my favorite of any AS aircraft. But every indication from AS publicly has been that they want one consistent product fleet-wide. I just think as an airline grows, the one size fits all model runs into hurdles when you have very different types of routes with very different customer profiles.
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I really held out hope that AS might use the A321s as a dedicated premium transcon fleet for routes like lax/sfo-dca and lax/sfo-jfk. The F and Y seats on the VX A321NEO are my favorite of any AS aircraft. But every indication from AS publicly has been that they want one consistent product fleet-wide. I just think as an airline grows, the one size fits all model runs into hurdles when you have very different types of routes with very different customer profiles.

I think that's exactly what they are trying to prevent, for every reason you just said. Intra-Alaska flyers are very different customer profile than SEA-LAX or SJC-HNL flyers... yet the same fleet has served those populations very well (with perhaps the single exception being the 737-400 Combis).

Alaska doesn't need to chase the SFO/LAX/SEA to NYC/DC routes with a differentiated product any more than any other route.

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Old Mar 8, 19, 2:56 pm
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Per the AS Email sent out today - as we already figured; the completion of the airbus retrofits are now scheduled to be complete by "early 2020". Whether that is January, April or June - not sure exactly. But given the pace so far; i think it will be mid to late 2020 before all are complete. At least we are almost done the repainting of the aircraft....
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