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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) [GSO 6/2 for MX]
N524VA 524 (dark horse)
N525VA 525 (virgin & tonic)
N526VA 526 (jane)
N527VA 527 (tubular belle)
N528VA 528 (fog cutter)
N529VA 529 (moodlights, camera, action)
N530VA 530 (gogo dancer)

Airbus A320 9/47 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)
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) [GSO 6/26 for cabin mods]
N633VA 633 (the tim clark express) [GSO 6/20]
N634VA 634 (mach daddy) [GSO 7/6]
N635VA 635 (my other ride's a spaceship)
N636VA 636 (airplane 2.0)
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)
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 (°VŃmonos!)
N844VA 844 (sol plane) [GSO 7/9]
N845VA 845 (stay hungry, stay foolish) [GSO 7/12]
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 Jun 2, 19, 11:31 pm
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Itís the end of an era. No more red tails.​​​​​​
At least in this country
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N929VA - 321neo is finally doing flight testing in XFW.....
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Old Jun 3, 19, 1:42 pm
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N929VA - 321neo is finally doing flight testing in XFW.....
I saw that - finally!
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Old Jun 3, 19, 7:17 pm
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N493AS is back with new cowling paint. Looks like a bronze/brown color instead of the purple gradient. I think I like it.
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Old Jun 3, 19, 7:43 pm
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N493AS is back with new cowling paint. Looks like a bronze/brown color instead of the purple gradient. I think I like it.
I love it. Glad only the cowlings were painted. Would have been a waste of time, resource and beauty todo the whole plane ✈️..[/left]
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Old Jun 7, 19, 5:35 pm
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930 had a taxi test today at XFW, so first flight is imminent. Still no second/customer acceptance flight for 929.
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Old Jun 9, 19, 8:17 am
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924 was at LAX from 6/4-6/9 - anybody have any intel as to why?
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Old Jun 9, 19, 12:02 pm
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924 was at LAX from 6/4-6/9 - anybody have any intel as to why?
Scheduled engine change.
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Old Jun 10, 19, 5:30 am
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Scheduled engine change.
Thank you for the info, I was thinking that might be the case.
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Old Jun 10, 19, 11:26 am
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Scheduled engine change.
Iím no airplane mechanic, but that seems really soon for an engine change considering the age of the aircraft.
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Old Jun 10, 19, 1:48 pm
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Originally Posted by mastergamindude View Post

Iím no airplane mechanic, but that seems really soon for an engine change considering the age of the aircraft.
Talked with an AS pilot and he said the A321neos have been having engine durability issues. Alaska hasnít been thrilled with the NEO to date. itíll be interesting to see how that bodes for future max orders. I think the Max 10 has a strong business case in the AS fleet.
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Old Jun 10, 19, 3:20 pm
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Talked with an AS pilot and he said the A321neos have been having engine durability issues. Alaska hasnít been thrilled with the NEO to date. itíll be interesting to see how that bodes for future max orders. I think the Max 10 has a strong business case in the AS fleet.
It will be interesting to see how it all pans out. I don't recall the details, but there are some durability issues with the combustion chamber coatings of the Leap engines on the AS A321NEOs, but the problems are not as bad as the engine issues some carriers are having with the Pratt & Whitney-powered A321Ns. Hopefully Airbus is compensating AS for the reliability issues though, trying to keep them happy, knowing that the company inherited the 30 Airbus NEO orders from VS and hasn't decided what to do with them (or if AS has decided the decision isn't public yet). I know that the A321Ns can get to the west coast with a full load out of DCA despite the short runway, but not sure if the Max 10 can or not. I don't believe that the 737-9s can take-off out of DCA with a full payload though.

On an unrelated note, aircraft 529 has returned to GSO for the 3rd time while trying to exit from a maintenance visit. That will teach me to update the wiki prematurely.
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Old Jun 10, 19, 3:48 pm
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Talked with an AS pilot and he said the A321neos have been having engine durability issues. Alaska hasnít been thrilled with the NEO to date. itíll be interesting to see how that bodes for future max orders. I think the Max 10 has a strong business case in the AS fleet.
The MAX uses engines from the same family (LEAP-1Bs instead of -1As), so I don't imagine that'll affect the decision too much.
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Old Jun 10, 19, 5:16 pm
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The MAX uses engines from the same family (LEAP-1Bs instead of -1As), so I don't imagine that'll affect the decision too much.
same architecture, but different part numbers, temperatures, RPMs, pressures etc. So while theyíre both LEAP engines, theyíre not the same.
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Originally Posted by mastergamindude View Post

I’m no airplane mechanic, but that seems really soon for an engine change considering the age of the aircraft.
Key word: scheduled

I worked many positions at AA/DFW in the 1980-90's.
At one point I worked as an Agent in maintenance. One job was putting together a packet of checklists and work orders for aircraft that were over nighting.
The 757s at that time were new, so it surprised me when one of the work orders I was pulling for a 757 was "engine change - left engine". I asked the supervisor "why so early".
  • the timeframe for an engine overhaul is much shorter than for the plane itself. Engine overhauls take too long, so instead, the plane gets an engine change. The "old" engine goes into overhaul and it placed back into inventory when ready. By the time a new plane comes up for it's first heavy "C check", it will have had many scheduled engine changes.
  • for a brand new twin engine plane, the 1st scheduled engine change happens at the "half way" point. Otherwise, (assuming no un-scheduled engine changes have occurred) , the plane would arrive one night needing both engines changed
    • doing both engine changes at the same time would have the plane out of service too long for something that is not considered a "heavy check"
    • releasing a plane back to service with both engines fresh out of overhaul isn't the wisest idea in the world.
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