Airchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11 Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1490 times:
Expansion is on hold at the moment at least to new destinations. When the market picks up again it is hoped that services to ORD and YYZ may start again having been dropped after 9/11. There have been rumours of services to YVR and also to Australia (via HKG probably) and the Middle East (DXB and Baghdad!). Also if the problems with the Air India codeshare can be sorted out then flights to Bombay may be on the cards.
We've got 6 more A340-600's on order (2 for delivery this year) but the -300's will start going back on a one for one basis as these arrive. So we don't really have any 'spare' a/c at the moment apart from the old Classics sitting in the desert which will probably be there until their leases expire sadly.
Hkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1230 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1388 times:
I really don’t see VS serving either BKK or KUL, unless as stop-over points for services to Australia.
Virgin is planning on starting flights to Australia and Branson has explicitly stated he wants HKG as the Asian stop-over point. He has also stated that Shanghai would be the alternative destination in the event Virgin is unable to successfully negotiate the rights for flights between HKG & Australia.
There are only two airlines that serve the lucrative high-yield HKG – Australia market, and they are CX & QF. Competition has decreased in this market & prices have gone up since the departure of Ansett because of the airline’s collapse, and VS is eager to capture the premium traffic. I really hope the negotiations are successful as this will be excellent news for both VS & HKG. HKG will finally attract a bigger piece of the Europe – Australia vv. market (SIN & BKK dominate this particular market) and VS will be only one of the handful of European airlines that fly to Australia.
Because of the SARS outbreak, any expansion plans to Asia (and hence, Australia) have obviously been delayed (probably until next year).
Airchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11 Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1257 times:
Besides ORD and YYZ the LGW/LHR-ATH services were also stopped at the end of summer 01 but this was planned anyway due to Virgin Sun ceasing operations and not wanting to have a shorthaul fleet of 1 a/c. LGW-SFO, LGW-BOS and LGW-EWR services were also stopped although the BOS service was moved to LHR and EWR became 2x daily from LHR.
Jayce From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 520 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1209 times:
I would love to see Virgin start flights into YVR, as there is definitely demand to warrant a third airline on the route. This summer, Air Canada is flying YVR-LHR three times daily with B767s and British Airways is operating the route with one daily 747-400. There will also be charter flights into other London airports by HMY, SkyService and Air Transat.
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