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A343 LGW-LHR VS G-VSEA Today  
User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2460 posts, RR: 52
Posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3123 times:

Can anyone tell me why a Virgin A343, reg G-VSEA arrived at LHR today from LGW at 14:37 under flight number VS624P?

Odd flight number and route, is it a ferry flight to VS maintenance at LHR?

Glenn


http://www.glenneldridgeaviation.com
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User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3072 times:

Positioning in to LHR after operating a flight from Port Harcourt to Gatwick.

User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2955 times:

Glenn,

The VS623P/VS624P is a regular ferry flight between LHR and LGW when the a/c is positioned to operate the PHC flight as Donder10 has said.

It usually goes out to LGW in the evening a couple of hours before the flight is due to depart from LGW and returns back to LHR a couple of hours after the flight has arrived back in LGW, although sometimes if the a/c is not needed it may stay at LGW to operate the PHC flight a couple of days later.

 Smile



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User currently offlineEI2KSEA From Ireland, joined Jul 2004, 578 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2945 times:

Incidentally how long is the flight?

It would be cool to ride in it - an empty A340, spooky, might be like that haunted VS B744 thread!



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User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4121 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2938 times:

It is actually more convenient now, because the aircraft departs to San Juan on sunday at 11:55 and gets back on Monday at 06:55 then departs to Port harcourt at 23:30, arrives back on wednesday morning then departs on wednesday evening to return on friday morning. So they would probably position the flight from LHR on saturday night, and it would remain at LGW until friday, or would just stay through. I saw G-VSEA at Gatwick on saturday evening, so its obvious that it has just stayed through, then flown back after ops.

-Stephen


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8093 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2911 times:

Are positioning flights rostered as a stand-alone sector? It seems silly and expensive to get a crew (albeit just Capt & FO) in just for a 20 minute joyride across Surrey, but the crew would be tired after a long flight in from Africa or California, and the last thing they'd want to do is take 'er back up into the London TMA shitfight. Anyone know?


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User currently offlineJetstreamer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2898 times:

Yes they are rostered as a stand alone sector.

In September there will be even more positioning flights with extra flights between Manchester and Orlando using one of the LGW based B744s.


User currently offlineIowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2826 times:

How about the question of why VS registered an Airbus aircraft G-VSEA instead of a Boeing one!  Smile

User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2648 times:

I presume there is no way of buying a ticket for this flight? I would love to do that!


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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2502 times:

BA380,

Nope not a chance. Not even for us that work there !!.

 Smile



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User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2479 times:

Begs the question... why not do the Port Harcourt run direct from LHR? And how much does it cost to do that transfer - thousands of ££££s I'd guess.

Geoff M.


User currently offlineLHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2433 times:

Geoffm - slot constraints? VS flights from LGW tend to be, though are not totally, the leisure orientated destinations. Does PHC come more under that leisure category?


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User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2460 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

Oh dear I been told off for saying Hannah can slap my wrist!  Innocent

Glenn



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User currently offlineBoysteve From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 937 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2380 times:

Geoffm has a good point actually LHR27C.
The positioning flight obviously takes up an LHR slot, and I'm guessing the landing charge from BAA is irrespective of pax!


User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2361 times:

Hi Geoffm

When the route was launched the reason we were given for the service operating ex-LGW as opposed to LHR was that a lot of the pax would be transferring onto DFW flights (which all operate ex-LGW). I don't know what percentage actually do carry on to DFW though....

Cheers



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User currently offlineVSFullThrottle From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 280 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2348 times:

Hey Planesarecool, since when has VS operated to San Juan, I know they did a charter to San Juan recently but I never heard about a regualr flight there and you mentioned it earlier on in the thread.

On another note its nice to see a VS A343 at LGW, it makes a difference.

VSFT


User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2341 times:

Hi VSFT

It operates every fortnight at the moment and then becomes weekly from 8th Aug til 24th Oct. It's a cruise charter on behalf of P&O.

Cheers



Biggidy biggidy bong
User currently offlineVSFullThrottle From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 280 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2336 times:

Whats Up Airchabum

I did not know that, This flight operates out of LGW??? Do you know the flight number? Learn something new every day..

Thanks

VSFT


User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2323 times:

Yes it's a regular charter from LGW. There were a couple of 'proving flights' to SJU/MSY last year prior to getting this contract from P&O. The series started on 16 May and from the winter season some flights will go via MAN. Flight nos. are VS9929/9930

A.net is a wealth of knowledge!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Cheers



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User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2266 times:

I wonder why they don't sell seats for the repositioning flight... I reckon quite a few people would be interested in travelling on that for fun and they might be able to cover the landing charge or the fuel by doing so. Alternatively, they could use it as a 'trainer' flight for people on aa fear of flying course? Just a thought, but given the pressure on margins in the airline industry, I would imagine that any extra revenue they can get to cover fixed costs would be worth looking at...


cabin crew: doors to automatic and cross-check...
User currently offlineSteve6666 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

Going back to the original topic, the only point in going to Port Harcourt is for the oil industry - believe me you would not want to go there for a holiday - therefore flying out of LGW, where all (direct BA, CO and hence VS codeshare) flights to/from Houston and Dallas fly to/from makes more sense than Heathrow.

Before the VS flight down there started, there was no direct flight to PH from the UK with only a twice a week Air France effort or going via Lagos, which due to security issues is not very desirable.



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