SafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15 Posted (10 years 8 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4085 times:
I am sorry if this has been covered before, but I could not find anything in the search.
I am wondering why Virgin Atlantic switched from T1 to T4 at JFK and also when the change went into effect (I heard that the change happened in 2003, but I fly in to JFK in early 2004 and VS was still at T1).
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4021 times:
Virgin Atlantic moved from Terminal 1 to Terminal 4 in February 2004. The reason was more space at T4. Also, T4 is the newest and nicest of all of the passenger terminals at JFK Airport. Terminal 1 was very nice indeed, and VS moved there from the old T4 in 1999. T1 did not offer enough space for the Virgin Club House lounge, and since VS moved to T1, it has added a third evening departure, making the clubhouse somewhat crowded.
PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3927 times:
T4 also has more shopping facilities than in T1, so offering the passengers a more pleasant terminal to wait in.
Good point, when I flew VS to LHR last January, not long before the move to T4, I found little to do once I'd passed through security at T1. A few more shops would've been welcome. Though I guess it would've been hopeless to expect anything like the massive duty-free shop at LHR, my head's still spinning at the size of that
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
SafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2476 times:
Is there any word if America West may be moving over to T4 so that VS passengers can connect on with the new agreement?
Maybe someone can address this better, but America West is also a partner with British Airways (who is also at T7 at JFK). So is America West getting the best of both worlds with being aligned with BA and VS?
Jfklganyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3800 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2431 times:
I heard it had a lot to do with the A340-600. It's really long (as you know) and it was extremely difficult to make the turns necessary to park the aircraft at T1. T4 was better suited for that and the A380.
In my opinion both T1 and T4 are beautiful facilities--two of the nicest in the world.