Is VP-BLK leaving ?

Posted by Tommy Mogren  /   November 24, 2015  /   Posted in News  /   3 Comments

VP-BLK Las Vegas Sands 747SP

A photo was published showing VP-BLK ( c/n: 21961 ) at MZJ (Marana, Pinal Airpark, AZ, USA)  recently, and it immediately started discussions wether it was in for maintenance or if it was leaving the Las Vegas Sands fleet.

VP-BLK 747SP at MZJPhoto uploaded to by Reiner Bexten.

As you can see on the photo, all 4 engines are carefully removed and the flaps are deployed etc. Could be a normal maintenance visit, if it wasn’t for the recent delivery of a A340-500 ( VP-BMS ).

So, is VP-BLK leaving Las Vegas Sands ?

Maybe not, as discussions go VP-BLK just might be switching base to an Asian base as the A340-500 will be based at LAS.

When you watch the movements of VP-BLK you can quickly see how often she is in Asia, so that would make sense.


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  1. Andy Martin 2015-11-26 09:31

    Colleague spoke to one of the guys at Marana earlier this week, who said it is in for C-check and pylon mod / AD will be returning to service.


  2. Tommy Mogren 2015-11-26 10:44

    Thank you Andy for that info!

  3. Pietris Panagiotis 2016-01-15 20:56

    VP-BLK was today 15/01/2016 at Athens, Greece (ATH/LGAV). She arrived ~0300L from OERK and departed 1535L to KLAS.