frigatebird wrote:OA940 wrote:hkcanadaexpat wrote:The video you are referring to was PAL not VS. None of the VS frames have entered the paint hangar as of yet. No flight tests are imminent either. MSN 274/298 are both in storage near the A380 hangars. MSN 71 is undergoing re-work in the A380 hangars from being a test frame. MSN 319 is in the FAL. I can only presume that they are waiting for cabin interiors to be delivered prior to entering Station 20.
I thought i read somewhere that delivery was scheduled for July/August with EIS early September so there is plenty of time between now and then.
No there was definitely a VS A350 video, I remember that too... Also if they're gonna take it 6 months from now why roll it out nearly a year before?
Some airlines have deferred/cancelled their A35K orders (UA for example). Perhaps it was easier on logistics to move up the VS birds in the production ranking instead of producing 5-6 A35K's at the same time.
The VS video was only of the winglets I believe, there is no VS frame with the tail painted, or full paint. The A350 for VS is the first aircraft type with the new Upper Class product, hence the wait on the cabin install.
I'd also hazard a guess that Virgin wants to take delivery of a couple of frames, before entering the type into service. It's not like they're adding an A320neo into a pool of A320s, they need to have some resilience to maintenance issues without having to sub in different aircraft types.