VS4ever From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 113 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1412 times:
Is it just me or can VS NEVER do anything right in some people's mind, first it's the service, then it's the upcoming aircraft deal and now it's the "oh my god, they can't offer this service until after they have received GOVERNMENTAL APPROVAL" when in fact they have and from 3 countries to start the route!"
I checked the link provided by 777ER and there is NO mention of "SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENTAL APPROVAL" in it, in fact it actually praises the Australian Minister of Tourism for making it happen.
So I say best of luck to VS on this route, having been allowed it "FAIR AND SQUARE", let's hope it's the first of a few to the Oceanic region.
And to those who seem to want to knock VS for the hell of it, they have been here for 20 years, so I think they might be around for a while yet! , here's hoping anyhow.
VS4ever and ever (frustrated and annoyed, can you tell?)
SpringbokUSA From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 29 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1395 times:
I am brand new as a member with a.net and have seen ALOT of Virgin bashing! My first international flight was on a Virgin 340-300 out of JNB over London to MCO and what an experience that was. They are my favorite for sure and I keep an eye out (from my front door!) for the silver 744's coming in to MCO every afternoon.
Cx123 From Australia, joined May 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1389 times:
I am pretty sure it is still Subject to Government Approval! This was discussed last week in a seperate thread and we had the LINK from CX on this CLEARLY stating that VS does not have HK approval! The press release was premature!
I am NOT trying to BASH VS (in fact I really like them and think they are real innovators in product offerings) But it is just MISLEADING when posting PRESS RELEASE up without stating the conditions!
"Either way, plenty of airlines offer routes "subject to government approval".
Well those airlines do SAY it is Subject to government approval.
All I am trying to say here is that VS does not have full GOVERNMENT APPROVAL yet, and I am actually interested in how this is coming along!
i know CX have not received the approval yet. for LHR-JFK
777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11308 posts, RR: 17 Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1352 times:
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If VS did not have full permission to operate flights out of SYD then the Sydney Airport Media Centre would NOT announce the new flights also. When an Airline is annoucing a new route and they dont have full permission yet then they have to say in the press release "Subject to Government Approval". Why don't you read if you have not already the two press releases that I provided in reply 8 and you find "Subject to Government Approval" in it.
Richard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1570 posts, RR: 6 Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1186 times:
VS are selling tickets now on their web-site for LHR-HKG-SYD (but only Y class on sale currently), so it seems the route is going ahead.
There was an article in the London Financial Times about a month ago concerning CX, and its plans for a bigger lounge at LHR and the extra staff it is recruiting ready for the LHR-JFK service.
CX have not yet said when this will commence though, and I do not think they have purchased the necassary slots at LHR to operate the route yet. If they want them, then they must buy them, just as VS and QF recently did.
Richcandy From France, joined Aug 2001, 694 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1103 times:
When a route is subject to approval it brings up a remark in the CRS to say this so that you can advise the pax. I have just checked in Galileo and there is no note about that, but it does have change of aircraft at HKG.
1. VS 200 Y 10JAN LHRSYD HS1 2130 *0710 O MO< Â³
Â³DEPARTS LHR TERMINAL 3 - ARRIVES SYD TERMINAL 1< Â³
Â³PLANE CHANGE AT HKG< Â³
Â³** FLIGHT DEPARTS LHR TERMINAL 3 * ARRIVES SYD INTL AIRPORT **< Â³
Â³*** PLS ENSURE DESTINATION CONTACT TEL NOS ARE IN EVERY BKG ***<Â³
Â³OFFER CAR/HOTEL >CAL >HOA <
Amadeus does not have this so I guess the change of aircraft thing is incorret.
Pixuk From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 322 posts, RR: 3 Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1066 times:
"I am pretty sure it is still Subject to Government Approval! This was discussed last week in a seperate thread and we had the LINK from CX on this CLEARLY stating that VS does not have HK approval! The press release was premature!"
Cx123, probably worth remembering not to believe everything you read on a.net as gospel. Plenty of people on here like taking a shot at anything remotely connected with Branson, so just because they say something with convincing argument, it doesn't make it true. Equally, just because another airline says something about VS, that doesn't make it true either.
Branson has got his approval. Coincidentally I was at the company 'do' where he announced "we have got the piece of paper that let's us fly to Sydney" to staff 4 days before the official release.
Cx123 From Australia, joined May 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 981 times:
It is really strange because you can book only Y Class on the UK site for LHR-SYD.
Also I heard that they CANNOT sell HKG-SYD or SYD-HKG yet. So i am thinking maybe they are only allowed to do LHR-SYD (and not pickup pax from HKG-SYD vv) and use HKG as a refuel stop only (until they get Final HKG Approval)