Virgin Atlantic will keep its A340s flying longer than planned

Sep 18, 2019

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Virgin Atlantic’s A340-600 aircraft will live to see another few weeks. The airline has changed its original plan to phase out the fuel-guzzling, four-engined aircraft on 26 October. Virgins A340-600s are now scheduled to stay in service until 8 December.

However, as of 15 September, the aircraft only operates on the airline’s New York and Delhi routes with schedule as follows:

Delhi — 29 October – 31 October

  • VS300 London Heathrow (LHR) 9:40 p.m. Departure ⇒ Delhi (DEL) 10:45 a.m. Arrival
  • VS301 Delhi (DEL) 12:30 p.m. Departure ⇒ London Heathrow (LHR) 5:35 a.m. Arrival

New York — 26 October

  • VS3 London Heathrow (LHR) 9:00 a.m. Departure ⇒ New York (JFK) 11:55 a.m. Arrival
  • VS4 New York (JFK) 6:00 p.m. Departure ⇒ London Heathrow (LHR) 6:25 a.m. Arrival

New York — 27 October

  • VS3 London Heathrow (LHR) 8:45 a.m. Departure ⇒ New York (JFK) 12:45 p.m. Arrival
  • VS4 New York (JFK) 7:30 p.m. Departure ⇒ London Heathrow (LHR) 6:30 a.m. Arrival

New York — 27 October – 8 December

  • VS45 London Heathrow (LHR) 2:30 p.m. Departure ⇒ New York (JFK) 5:25 p.m. Arrival
  • VS46 New York (JFK) 9:00 p.m. Departure ⇒ London Heathrow (LHR) 9:15 a.m. Arrival

Selected dates between 27 October and 5 November and the 19 November, VS46 operates as VS138

New York — 29 October

  • VS9 London Heathrow (LHR) 3:45 p.m. Departure ⇒ New York (JFK) 6:45 p.m. Arrival
  • VS10 New York (JFK) 10:00 p.m. Departure ⇒ London Heathrow (LHR) 10:15 a.m. Arrival

The above schedule is accurate at the time of publication as per the airline’s website, though it is subject to change.

In a statement to TPG, the airline said: “We’re always reviewing our fleet, and timelines around aircraft retirement are always subject to change in order to give us greater flexibility for our customers”.

This delay in A340 retirement is likely a repercussion of the ongoing issues the airline has had with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines on its 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

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