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Old June 18th, 2012, 06:41 PM   #161
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I would love if Virgin came to Buffalo Niagara International Airport ..... the amount of Canadians that come over to BNIA is a LOT. (in the millions) If Virgin came and brought in some international routes ....i could see it being profitable.
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Old June 18th, 2012, 08:41 PM   #162
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Old June 21st, 2012, 06:10 AM   #163
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 03:58 PM   #164
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Love Virgin I wish it didn't cut service from Gatwick and Newark. Its kind of old school to see JFK-LHR on my ticket. But still I much prefer to into Gatwick and take the express all for the extra money I would spend landing at Heathrow.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 05:32 PM   #165
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Old June 27th, 2012, 08:14 AM   #166
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(China Daily/WCARN.com, June 27)


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China's major airlines are grabbing their own share of the expected influx to London for the Olympic Games, adding new routes to the UK capital in the run up to the event.
But travel experts are warning that demand for tickets is huge, and prices are already increasing rapidly as the opening ceremony approaches.


The third London Olympics starts on July 27 and runs until Aug 12, bringing thousands of competitors and visitors to the city.


With 30 days to go, a recent survey of more than 365,000 taxi passengers in China's five biggest cities, by the Chinese taxi media company Touchmedia, revealed that 12 percent of the respondents said they plan to fly to London for the Games.


Other statistics from Forward Data SL, the tourist industry data specialist, showed an expected 13 percent rise in the number of arrivals to London during the event, comparing with the same period last year.


The greatest number of visitors will arrive on the day before the opening ceremony, with a 72 percent increase comparing with the previous year, and according to the figures, Asia will be the third largest source of visitors.


Wu Xiaoming, general manager for Air China Ltd in the UK, said that it had added a new route between Beijing and London Gatwick Airport, the UK's second-largest airport, to meet the added demand, on top of the 11 flights it already operates weekly to the city's Heathrow Airport.


China Southern Airlines Co Ltd has just added its first route from Guangzhou to London from June 6, to coincide with the Olympic rush.
It reports flights to the UK capital since have been 90 percent full, against a normal average of 80 percent to the UK.


Both Air China and China Southern use A330-200 aircraft on their new routes, which can carry more than 200 passengers, and the former already says it is considering putting larger aircraft on its London routes between July 27 and Aug. 12, if demand continues at current high levels.

Chinese passengers have several route choices to London, including the three main Chinese airlines and some European airlines, if they want to fly direct. But passengers are being warned that prices will rise as the event nears, as well as this being a peak period anyway for traveling to Europe.


Ticket prices from Beijing to London in July are reported to be 43 percent higher than in May, and from other major cities including Shanghai and Guangzhou as much as 50 percent higher, according to Ctrip.com International Ltd, the travel information website.


Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways, has confirmed that his airlines doesn't offer any discounts during the annual peak summer season, but added that unlike Chinese airlines, British Airways does not expect to earn more money throughout the Olympics, because it doesn't plan to open any new routes during the period.

BA's rival Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd, also based in the UK, which runs a route between Shanghai and London, is also refusing to add any flights during the Olympics.

Julie Southern, its chief commercial officer, told the Sydney Morning Herald, that in fact the airlines expects to lose money, with more British people choosing to stay at home this summer.

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Old October 23rd, 2012, 09:30 PM   #167
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Interesting article on Flightglobal about the future of Virgin Atlantic's widebody fleet.
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Virgin closing on selection of 747-400 and A340-600 replacement

Virgin Atlantic chief executive Steve Ridgway told Flightglobal's Airline Business magazine in the November issue cover interview that the airline is "rapidly moving out of four-engined aircraft - we have to do that because of where we seeing fuel costs going".

Ridgway envisages deliveries will take place in the 2015-2020 timescale, depending on the lease returns of its current fleet. Types under evaluation include the A350-900 and -1000, and various Boeing alternatives including the 777-300ER and proposed new developments.
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What makes it extra interesting they also have the A380 on order, but here they say that they are phasing out their 4 engined aircraft. This does suggest that Virgin's A380 order is dead after they had delayed the delivery already several times. But then again, they got 31 A340-600s and 747-400s to be replace and they only got 6 A380s on order. Anyway, it's going to be interesting to see how this will turn out.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 10:33 PM   #168
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Mostly possible that tomorrow Virgin will announce its new flights to Moscow, twice daily on A330.
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Old October 25th, 2012, 11:49 PM   #169
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They didn't get the slots, they lost out to EasyJet.

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EasyJet beats Virgin Atlantic in bid for Moscow slots

Low-cost airline may face legal challenge from Richard Branson after winning right to capacity made available by British Airways' takeover of BMI

Substantially cheaper flights to Russia from London will be on offer next spring after easyJet beat Virgin to win the Moscow slots freed up by the takeover of BMI by British Airways.

The decision will be a blow to Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic, which had made a strong public play for the right to fly to Moscow. Virgin indicated it would not rule out legal action over the decision.

The Civil Aviation Authority, which under a bilateral agreement with Russia has the right to decide on two British airlines for the route, announced it had chosen easyJet along with BA as a "distinctly different product" for the market. EasyJet promised return fares starting from £125.
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btw, Flightglobal posted the whole article with Virgin Atlantic chief executive Steve Ridgway
http://www.flightglobal.com/interviews/steve-ridgway/

He mentions the A380 order, it's still on but....

"The future of Virgin’s 11-year-old order for six A380s “very much depends on the state of the global economy and the oil price”, says Ridgway, with deliveries slated for 2017. “It’s a lovely, quiet aircraft but it’s very big and you need to operate it on some very big trunks and you need to have a big enough fleet,” he says."

It has been further deferred until 2017 from 2015 and it's remains under review but a decision about the order has been pushed back with this delay.
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Old October 27th, 2012, 04:18 PM   #170
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Virgin Atlantic re-enters Mumbai; eyes Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa


Richard Branson-promoted Virgin Atlantic, which is re-launching its Mumbai-London flight from Sunday after a three-year gap, on Friday said it would fly to Hyderabad, Bangalore and Goa as and when it gets the approvals.

"We are planning to apply for flying rights to Hyderabad, Bangalore and Goa," Virgin Atlantic President Richard Branson told reporters in Mumbai after announcing the re-introduction of Mumbai services. However, it maybe difficult to get slots at the Heathrow airport, he added.

Virgin Atlantic closed its Mumbai operations three years ago, although it continued to fly to New Delhi. The airline's Mumbai services will start with a wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft from October 28. "We are delighted to be back in Mumbai. Virgin would not only connect Mumbai to London, but its daily flights also offer seamless connectivity from London to New York, Boston, Miami and Washington and Chicago, with only a couple of hours of stop-over," Branson said.

The airline has invested 300 million pounds in aircraft products and the re-launch of the Mumbai operations will create 140 jobs in both India and Britain, he said.

To a question on Kingfisher, Branson said he does not know what exactly went wrong with the airline, but wished its chairman Vijay Mallya good luck.

On the recent policy enabling allowing the overseas carriers to invest up to 49 per cent in the domestic carriers, Branson said despite policy change, the investment climate is still not conducive.

India is still going through a difficult part of economic cycle and there is a need to see the recovery fast but added may be the landscape change in the coming years. He, however, said investment in the domestic carrier is not out of possibility, adding "We will have a look if we see an obvious opportunity".

Further stating that he was hopeful of making profit from the airline's India operations in the coming years, Branson said the current traffic from India accounted for less than 5% of the total Virgin traffic. With its Mumbai re-launch, however, Virgin Atlantic is seeking to build on record demand for travel between New Delhi, London and New York.

The A330-300 flying on the routes from both Mumbai and Delhi carries the brand new upper class suite, with enhanced seating, a bar and many other cabin updates to give passengers a unique flying experience, he added.











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Old October 29th, 2012, 02:43 AM   #171
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Virgin to join an alliance (though this isn't really new by any means; Branson has a talent for using the media to get what they want...).

http://www.ausbt.com.au/virgin-atlan...n=home-flipper

The Bloomberg article does state a higher chance of joining Skyteam because of the "Carribean destinations" but I don't think that's a credible statement to make nor do I think that correlation holds true. While yes, VS does fly to many Caribbean destinations, none of these are its high performing routes. Its the routes to the United States that are its higher yield routes, and most of which are Star Alliance hubs (United). Moreover, while VS does not share the exact destinations AF and KL share, I would imagine these Carribean destinations ultimately compete with AF and KL, so I'm not sure how these are even complimentary. Its chance of joining SkyTeam may be higher due to partner VAs relationship with EY (who recently signed codeshare deals with AF and KL) and DL, but keep in mind, the Virgin group airlines are pretty segregated and operated individually (it was only of recent that they began frequent flyer cooperation). Plus, SQ owns 49 percent of VS, and if anything, I feel VS has a higher chance of joining Star than SkyTeam.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 01:00 AM   #172
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I love Virgin Atlantic livery.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 06:59 PM   #173
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Source: http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/ne...ign=newsletter
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Virgin set to launch Little Red in UK


Virgin has confirmed that its new domestic airline, set to launch at the end of the month, will be called Little Red.

The carrier will launch on March 31st in Manchester, on April 5th in Edinburgh and April 9th in Aberdeen.

Initially the airline will offer four daily round-trips between London Heathrow and Manchester, six daily round-trips to Edinburgh and three daily round-trips to Aberdeen.

Virgin hopes Little Red will grow to rival British Airways, providing short-haul connections for long-haul Virgin Atlantic routes.

Richard Branson, president, Virgin Atlantic, said: “Virgin Atlantic has been on an incredible journey since we started with a single plane 29 years ago.

”Little Red represents the next step on that journey as we go head to head with British Airways to provide domestic flights that deliver Virgin Atlantic’s rock and roll spirit as well as real value for money.

”The European Commission recognised that a British Airways monopoly would be undeniably bad for consumers and Virgin Atlantic Little Red will stop British Airways dominating routes and driving higher prices.”

Customers will be allowed 23kg luggage check-in, pre-assigned seats, complimentary snacks and drinks and hot breakfasts on early morning flights.
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Old March 21st, 2013, 05:20 PM   #174
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Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400 G-VFAB by jbp274, on Flickr
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Virgin launching domestic flights in the United Kingdom...suicide!
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Old April 1st, 2013, 10:14 AM   #177
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Little Red cabin: (From VS FB page)

Notice the "glass bottom".
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I just read this on D.A.C. forum.. Is this real or not.. Did they put TV's in the floor or some sort of plastic..?????
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Video of their first flight:


P.S. The photo posted earlier was an April fools joke from VS.
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