BMI701EGCC From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4019 times:
Just want to let you know that the first ever Virgin A340 was at MAN today, 9931 departed from MAN around 9.30am this morning and will be back as 9932 tomorrow at 7:00am.They was using 06 operations this morning, I saw the aircraft fly over me (Leigh) on a WAL 1S departure.
It was routing to the USA, don't know which destination mind, either MIA or JFK.(MIA's my best guess, maybe one of the 742's are inoperative?)
Hope this is a regular occurrence at seeing a A340 in VS colour.
Anybody have anymore details on Virgin's plans to expand at MAN, I know there was rumors.
G-PATI-"G-PATI, Back inbound to Barton"MCT APR-"G-PATI, Continue, Keep lookout on VFR traffic"
MANmatt From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 969 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3988 times:
You got a few things wrong there mate. Firstly, its the 2nd VS 340 to visit MAN, G-VELD visited a couple of weeks ago, and secondly, its destination was/is SJU. They are running cruise charters for a cruise company in the uk. A couple more are planned during the coming weeks.
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7579 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3880 times:
The aircraft was G-VAEL; VS A340s are no strangers to MAN as the MCO service when it started back in 1996/1997 was the original equipment (later followed by a single winter's operation of a Martinair 767).
As for future routes, I would imagine LAS (2 weekly), BGI (weekly), ANU (weekly), UVF (weekly) and possibly LAX (if they are purely considering leisure passengers, I imagine a 2 weekly service should do okay).
Whitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3832 times:
LAS, BGI and ANU are already operated by British Midland with Virgin Holidays using that capacity. There would be no sense in duplication, although it wouldn't be the first time Branson has stabbed Bishop in the back.....