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jimmygottfredson Apr 24, 17 8:34 pm

VX and the new Airbus a321neo
 
With the Airbus a321neo starting service next month (May 31st) on the SFO-DCA route, I'm curious if anyone is planning to be on that flight, or one of the flights soon after? Also, does anyone know if Alaska/VX will make a big deal for the inaugural flight (press, promotion), or will be playing it low-key.

I'm interested to check out the a321neo myself, but probably won't make it until later in June (DCA or JFK).

Thanks - Jimmy

Eastbay1K Apr 24, 17 8:46 pm

Well, I'd bet that someone with a Sir in his name won't be at the inaugural, but no one would take me up on the bet.

cplush Apr 25, 17 8:23 am

im on that flight, since its the worldwide first a321neo revenue flight im hoping theres something special for it, maybe some airbus people show up. we'll see!

jimmygottfredson Apr 25, 17 2:17 pm


Originally Posted by cplush (Post 28227309)
im on that flight, since its the worldwide first a321neo revenue flight im hoping theres something special for it, maybe some airbus people show up. we'll see!

Nice, share a good pic or two and some details if you can.

deelmakur Apr 26, 17 9:39 am

Boeing and Alaska are joined at the hip. It's all part of the Seattle "hometown airline" image. Boeing will eventually take those Airbus planes in trade for new Max aircraft, and remarket them. Notably, despite the "first delivery" show that Airbus put on in France, it appears the highest ranking company official in attendance from Alaska/Virgin was the acting CEO, a current holdover from VX, who reports to Alaska. Alaska brass treated it like it was Typhoid Mary.:D

jimmygottfredson Apr 26, 17 10:44 am


Originally Posted by deelmakur (Post 28232130)
Boeing and Alaska are joined at the hip. ..... Alaska brass treated it like it was Typhoid Mary.:D

I'm curious to see if this flight is completely ignored by Alaska or not.

GO_CAT Apr 28, 17 5:32 am

Is the interior 100% VX?

Or will we see reduced aspects inside already?

Virgins fitouts are quite expensive as there is a lot of non standard installations from Airbus (specific mood lighting, galley setups etc...

jimmygottfredson Apr 28, 17 7:55 am


Originally Posted by GO_CAT (Post 28240261)
Is the interior 100% VX?

Or will we see reduced aspects inside already?

Virgins fitouts are quite expensive as there is a lot of non standard installations from Airbus (specific mood lighting, galley setups etc...

It looks very VX, with 8 F seats and an enlarged Main Cabin select section. There wasn't probably enough time to integrate the new design into this craft.

Putzy Apr 28, 17 9:03 am


Originally Posted by deelmakur (Post 28232130)
Notably, despite the "first delivery" show that Airbus put on in France, it appears the highest ranking company official in attendance from Alaska/Virgin was the acting CEO, a current holdover from VX, who reports to Alaska. Alaska brass treated it like it was Typhoid Mary.:D

Not true. Alaska Airlines COO and Virgin America CEO Ben Minicucci was present at the delivery ceremonies in Hamburg, Germany.

deelmakur Apr 29, 17 8:01 am

Obviously, I wasn't there, but the rather subdued official press release makes no mention of any senior officer of the merged company, other than Peter Hunt.

http://www.airbus.com/presscentre/pr...irgin-america/

deelmakur Apr 29, 17 8:17 am

Future of the A321neo with the merged entity.

http://atwonline.com/airframes/virgi...s-future-fleet

N830MH May 3, 17 12:57 pm


Originally Posted by jimmygottfredson (Post 28228866)
Nice, share a good pic or two and some details if you can.

Yes, feel free to share those pics on this forum. You may posts a pics on this forum and I would like to see it.

kouichi May 12, 17 6:24 pm

It's definitely the very VX cabin for the A321neo. The seatmap is on the VX website too


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