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Re: Virgin America receives first A321neo

Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:27 am

Crzn33k wrote:
OA940 wrote:
Well done!! My problem with this is that there wasn't much announced in the way of who will launch it. A lot of confusion overall. Also, since the Virgin America brand will be gone in 2 years, why not deliver it with the new Alaska interiors and livery?

They can't be painted in AS colors until the merger is complete early next year .


Says who? They could paint them in AS colors and put "Operated by Virgin America" or even "Operated by VQIA199L" on the side.
 
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Re: Virgin America receives first A321neo

Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:35 am

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What's happening with N923VA ( The 3rd A-321) ? It was reported as painted and still "on order" as of July 28


N923VA emerged from final assembly in August and is not yet ready for delivery.

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Re: Virgin America receives first A321neo

Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:03 am

VX expands A321neo service in NW17/18

New routes include LAX-HNL, LAX-OGG, SFO-KOA, SFO-LAX, SFO-LAS, SFO-SEA, SFO-SAN

http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/air ... es-in-w17/
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Re: Virgin America receives first A321neo

Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:09 pm

Thanks for the info. The two delivered aircraft (N921/N922 VA) have mostly been covering SFO-DCA-SFO and SFO-HNL-SFO, with a few SFO-JFK-SFO trips from the info posted on Flight Radar 24.
 
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Re: Virgin America receives first A321neo

Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:52 pm

lee757 wrote:
QueenoftheSkies wrote:
petera380 wrote:
It will be in Alaska Airlines colors soon! :D


Unfortunately


+1 what was the point in buying it to just get rid of it. :roll:


Hey look!! Someone (Airbus) just brought up a MoM :D
 
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Re: Virgin America receives first A321neo

Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:14 pm

That A321 NEO is the most fuel efficient aircraft in the World - no engines. :-)
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Re: Virgin America receives first A321neo

Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:57 pm

Is Alaska really going to get rid of all their Airbus planes in the mid-2020's? I don't think they will. There is a use for both 737's and A321neo's.
 
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Re: Virgin America receives first A321neo

Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:41 pm

qf789 wrote:
VX expands A321neo service in NW17/18
New routes include LAX-HNL, LAX-OGG, SFO-KOA, SFO-LAX, SFO-LAS, SFO-SEA, SFO-SAN

http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/air ... es-in-w17/

Notice that the SFO-SAN and SFO-LAS service is only once a week (Sundays) and lasts only a month at each city; both these routes begin in early 2018.

Sure sounds like aircraft familiarization routes for AAG -- to get SAN and LAS familiar with the Neo, and visa versa. I personally am looking forward to seeing the Neo flying from SAN to the east coast -- BOS, JFK, WAS? -- sometime in 2018! (And I don't care if it shows up in an AS livery, or still wearing the familiar red-and-white one, for as long as that lasts.

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Re: Virgin America receives first A321neo

Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:26 pm

KarelXWB wrote:
robt760 wrote:
What's happening with N923VA ( The 3rd A-321) ? It was reported as painted and still "on order" as of July 28


N923VA emerged from final assembly in August and is not yet ready for delivery.

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A321neo Virgin America N923VA by Tobias Gudat, on Flickr


Does it usually take that long between assembly and delivery for a narrowbody?
 
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Re: Virgin America receives first A321neo

Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:20 pm

Crzn33k wrote:
OA940 wrote:
Well done!! My problem with this is that there wasn't much announced in the way of who will launch it. A lot of confusion overall. Also, since the Virgin America brand will be gone in 2 years, why not deliver it with the new Alaska interiors and livery?

They can't be painted in AS colors until the merger is complete early next year .



The merger is complete; you're referring to a single operating certificate, which happens in January. And even then, the aircraft could be delivered in AS livery as long as while the VX certificate is active, there's a small decal on the aircraft stating it's operated by Virgin America.
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Re: Virgin America receives first A321neo

Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:27 pm

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Crzn33k wrote:
OA940 wrote:
Well done!! My problem with this is that there wasn't much announced in the way of who will launch it. A lot of confusion overall. Also, since the Virgin America brand will be gone in 2 years, why not deliver it with the new Alaska interiors and livery?

They can't be painted in AS colors until the merger is complete early next year .



The merger is complete; you're referring to a single operating certificate, which happens in January. And even then, the aircraft could be delivered in AS livery as long as while the VX certificate is active, there's a small decal on the aircraft stating it's operated by Virgin America.


Just like all the QX planes with Chester on the tail - "Proudly operated by Horizon Air"
 
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Re: Virgin America receives first A321neo

Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:36 pm

The simple reason why this wasn't delivered in AS colors since the merger is complete minus the SOC is that AS might have something special planned for when the first Airbus is brought over. Whether that is a specialty livery or something else planned remains to be seen but I highly doubt the Alaska livery will make its debut on an Airbus aircraft straight from the factory. How long after the new livery was released were Boeing still delivering AA 738s in the polished metal?
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Re: Virgin America receives first A321neo

Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:43 am

fraspotter wrote:
The simple reason why this wasn't delivered in AS colors since the merger is complete minus the SOC is that AS might have something special planned for when the first Airbus is brought over. Whether that is a specialty livery or something else planned remains to be seen but I highly doubt the Alaska livery will make its debut on an Airbus aircraft straight from the factory. How long after the new livery was released were Boeing still delivering AA 738s in the polished metal?


The two aircraft prior to this one on order have already been delivered, and are in full operation. I'm not sure what the delay for this one is. On another thread, it was announced they intend to have a special livery with SF Giants theme for the A321.
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1373705

N923VA appears to already have the standard VX scheme, so there's a high likelihood of one of the next in the order getting the livery mentioned in that article.

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