Virgin Atlantic Airways is expected to be the first European operator of the Airbus A380 in July 2006, when the first of six aircraft it has on order is delivered. Jeff Livings, director of engineering for Virgin, talked with O&M European Editor (Commercial) Bill Burchell about supporting the mammoth aircraft, as well as about Airbus' plans for the aftermarket. Edited for length and clarity.
O&M: What maintenance facilities do you have to support your fleet of more than two dozen Boeing and Airbus widebodies? Livings: Although we're a Gatwick-based airline, we only have a line operation to cover our five 747-400s based there. We also bring an A340-300 through Gatwick twice a week, so our operation totals six services a day. It's a very lean set-up with barely 50 staff providing 24/7 coverage, which reflects the performance of our 747-400s. Their on-time performance is more ...
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