A340 retirement

Old Apr 3, 19, 12:15 pm
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A340 retirement

Does anyone know the A340-600 retirement schedule? When is the last aircraft due to be retired?
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Old Apr 12, 19, 3:52 pm
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I don't, but I saw you could buy pieces of them as key rings recently on Aviation Tags. Loved these planes
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Old Apr 15, 19, 2:23 am
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I'm not sure there was ever an actual timetable for retirement and even if there was one internally, it must be in tatters with the 787-900 engine issues. Virgin leased the Air Berlin A330s and even un-retired Sleeping Beauty in early 2018 to cover for the Dreamliners so until that issue is fixed and proven to be fixed (see the newly uncovered problems with 787-1000 engines) I wouldn't expect to see any retirement announcements.
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Old Apr 15, 19, 11:05 am
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Originally Posted by kaizenflying View Post
Does anyone know the A340-600 retirement schedule? When is the last aircraft due to be retired?
The last Virgin Atlantic A340 scheduled service will arrive into LHR on 1st November 2019, 2 A340’s will be kept on as ‘Spares’ for a further few months, operating select routes on an adhoc basis.
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Old Apr 15, 19, 12:11 pm
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What is the source for that?

Given the ongoing situation with the 787s I would think VS will be keeping them longer than that.
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Old Apr 15, 19, 1:02 pm
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What is the source for that?

Given the ongoing situation with the 787s I would think VS will be keeping them longer than that.
Virgin insider. Of course as with all things could be subject to change. They are getting 5 A350 over the summer/early autumn with another 2 early 2019. Lots of capacity incoming. Only 6 A340 left too. Last flight currently 31st October (landing 1st Nov). End of Summer season.
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Old Apr 17, 19, 1:13 am
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Ive booked a surprise trip to NYC for my wife's birthday in 3 weeks, and was happy to see the A340 is our chariot for the trip to JFK. Only flown it once before (well twice if you include the return trip) from LHR - JNB in 2012.

We are flying home on the A330 from EWR.
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Old Oct 15, 19, 6:47 am
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On Saturday evening I saw a four engine airliner landing at Tampa while driving into town, which is unusual to see there. And yesterday morning as I caught a flight, there was a Virgin A340 parked out on the ramp. Retiring?
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Old Oct 15, 19, 7:54 am
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On the 14th VS operated NFL charter returning the Buccaneers home after their game in London.

thevssource.com is a good place to check on plane movements and unusual flights.
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Old Oct 15, 19, 7:58 am
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I wonder how many of those NFL players could fit into the UC seats.

I suppose there are enough rows that most of the team could take a bench of economy seats each though.
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