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Branson Sells Mumbai Dreams (inaugural Flight )  
User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7171 times:

Hey, give him credit. While I'm not the biggest fan of VS service, more power to SRB!!!  box 

"Branson sells Mumbai dreams
- Virgin boss promises the moon for free skies

Branson lifts model Jennifer Mayani, standing on the wing of the Airbus. (AFP)
Mumbai, March 31: Sir Richard Branson brought Mumbai airport to a standstill today when he stepped out on to the wing of his Airbus 340, with two local models holding clapper boards proclaiming his latest production, “Mumbai Dreams”.

One of the women shrieked with delight and embarrassment when he lifted her in his arms as he had been told they do in Hindi films. Two Virgin Atlantic stewardesses were also there, one holding the Union Jack and the other the Indian tricolour.

On Virgin’s inaugural flight VS350, which left Heathrow last night for Mumbai, he made a brief announcement to journalists and guests who had come with him. “This is Richard Branson. Welcome on board our historic flight to Mumbai — or Bombay — for those who don’t know the difference.”

The passengers in upper class not only had plenty of good food and champagne and access to allegedly the longest flat beds in the business but also massages in the morning."

rest of article can be found at.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1050401/asp/nation/story_4559787.asp


"Up the Irons!"
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User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7005 times:

Quoting Jacobin777 (Thread starter):
Branson lifts model Jennifer Mayani, standing on the wing of the Airbus. (AFP)
Mumbai, March 31: Sir Richard Branson brought Mumbai airport to a standstill today when he stepped out on to the wing of his Airbus 340, with two local models holding clapper boards proclaiming his latest production, “Mumbai Dreams”.

And after the inaugural VS flight to SYD

It was meant to be a light-hearted stunt, dreamed up on a wing and a prayer. But Virgin Atlantic is embroiled in a furious row with airport bosses in Australia over Sir Richard Branson's celebratory antics following its inaugural flight to Sydney last week.

On arrival, Sir Richard, 54, climbed on to the wing of Virgin's Airbus jet clutching a surfboard. He was accompanied by a group of swimwear models waving a Union flag and an Australian national flag.

Aviation officials, who were watching from the ground, were unimpressed by the number of people balancing on the potentially slippery surface and attempted to order him back inside the plane.

Airport bosses have since carpeted Virgin officials for ignoring agreed safety protocols. They are demanding further discussions "in confidence" to seek assurances about the airline's future conduct.


Obviously the discussions "in confidence" failed to seek any assurances about the airline's future conduct!



MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
User currently offlineBOEING787 From India, joined May 2004, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6982 times:

Apparantely Branson nearly got deported at Mumbai due to an expired Indian visa! He called the Indian Prime Ministers Office who sorted out the matter and had immigration issue him a 72 hrs. temp. landing pass.

Full story:

http://web.mid-day.com/news/city/2005/april/106624.htm


User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1634 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6925 times:

His performance in Delhi in 2000 was even more impressive. Clad in Punjabi dress he did the bhangra and then rode his way on a cycle rickshaw....

User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6897 times:

Quoting BOEING787 (Reply 2):
Apparantely Branson nearly got deported at Mumbai due to an expired Indian visa! He called the Indian Prime Ministers Office who sorted out the matter and had immigration issue him a 72 hrs. temp. landing pass.

Shame he got a special permission.. equal right for everyone.. him being deported would have been even a greater publicity gag Big grin


User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1634 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6876 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 4):
equal right for everyone

I think the Indian protocol has a special clause which enables 'certain' people to bypass laws. I think 'Knights' fall in that category. I am not sure but probably they are. But then, I think they wud have allowed bill gates to stay if his visa was expired (even though he is not a knight)....


User currently offlineXpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6837 times:

Quoting AirIndia (Reply 5):
. . . allowed bill gates to stay if his visa was expired (even though he is not a knight)....

Actually, he received an honorary knighthood in March 2005.



The only thing we have to fear is the sky falling on our heads. -Asterix
User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1603 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6576 times:

Quoting BCAL (Reply 1):
Obviously the discussions "in confidence" failed to seek any assurances about the airline's future conduct!

but then this was in Mumbai and not Sydney!

I saw the photo's of the SYD event and it looked like a blast - has anyone link to pics of the Mumbai inaugural?

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 4):
him being deported would have been even a greater publicity gag

couldn't agree more - he missed a trick there!


It's good to see another new route for VS.

Rich.


User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17335 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6565 times:

" him being deported would have been even a greater publicity gag "

Maybe it would have spurred the Indians (and many others) to give up their retarded visa rules.



E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlinePaul From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 374 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6542 times:

Don't anyone dare diss Branson!!!  Angry

He is a credit to Entreprenuers and Businessmen and Women. He started with nothing but a record player and now he is a billionaire. Can anyone here do better..............? I thought not.

He is a fantastic employer; fair, kind and he has got more character than all of the Billionaires in the world put together! How can residents of a country that needs foreign investment and an economic boost, make sly comments about not letting a man into a country that eventually will employ hundreds if not thousands more people? Are you bloody stupid or something?

Paul



Veni, vidi, vici.
User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6478 times:

Quoting AirIndia (Reply 5):
But then, I think they wud have allowed bill gates to stay if his visa was expired (even though he is not a knight)....

actually, William Gates III HAS been Knighted, just a few weeks ago....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3428673.stm



"Up the Irons!"
User currently offlineStealthpilot From India, joined May 2004, 510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6337 times:

Paul, no need to get so flustered. Yes true VS will bring in employment, money etc but Virgin benefits more than India. Anyway that is not the point. The point is that a person could come in with an expired visa.
How fair and kind you are as an employer is not a facet to be considered when your talking about a valid visa! Don’t get me wrong I love Branson and am a huge fan of VS, I am glad he was let in  Smile

Personally if Bill Gates came without a visa I would go so far as to say I EXPECT that officials let him enter, because he is Bill Gates! True India’s visa laws are pretty outdates and hopeless, but if it were anyone else they would not be let in. Thank god he has the connections to call the PMO, it would have been marginally funny if couldn’t get off the plane!

-Nikhil



eP007
User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5610 times:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 8):
Maybe it would have spurred the Indians (and many others) to give up their retarded visa rules.

OK, why are the rules retarded? This is a question, not an offence.. I would like to hear one good argument, and we can discuss.. I agree that the visa rules are not appropriate, but take the other position: they are far too liberal

Quoting Paul (Reply 9):
How can residents of a country that needs foreign investment and an economic boost, make sly comments about not letting a man into a country that eventually will employ hundreds if not thousands more people? Are you bloody stupid or something?

OK, listen Paul: I have no idea whether you have ever heard of irony (and saw the smiley). If not, get yourself a dictionary, and possibly some sense f humor. Second, even if someone brings employment, there are certain rules. If it was that easy, we could have opened the sector 100 % for FDI (on the cost of surrendering the market). before calling someone stupid, do consider whether or not you have the substantial knowledge and provide the substantial arguments, or are just on of the dumb, stupid and uneducated out of xx Million


User currently offlineAerofan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5437 times:

Has it ever occurred to some of you that lame attempts at humour or supposedly ironic remarks, do not translate well on any forum- unless you are a skilled writer?

What do you expect therefore when someone challenges your statements?


User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5370 times:

Quoting Aerofan (Reply 13):
unless you are a skilled writer?

... and have intelligent, critical readers...  yuck 


User currently offlineETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5328 times:

what I like about Branson is that he still brings in the fun into commercial flights...

User currently offlineZeekiel From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5246 times:

Hehe, just as a passing note, Richard Branson just now traipsed through the SQ lounge in Singapore (got a phone call from someone in the lounge).

Cheers

Zeekiel


User currently offlineRicci767 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 151 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5238 times:

Was this an A340-300 or A340-600? I am going to guess A340-600.

User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2884 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5110 times:

Quoting Ricci767 (Reply 17):
am going to guess A340-600.

Good guess, however rest of the flights will be on the A343


User currently offlineAirbusCanada From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 323 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5004 times:

Quoting Paul (Reply 9):
He is a credit to Entreprenuers and Businessmen and Women. He started with nothing but a record player and now he is a billionaire. Can anyone here do better..............? I thought not.

ACcording to my knowledge, most of the billionaire dont' start with a billion dollar asset.OPera, WArren buffet, M.dell all started froma scratch.


User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1634 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4885 times:

http://specials.rediff.com/money/2005/apr/01sld1.htm

try this link....


User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1603 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4830 times:

Thanks for the link AirIndia!

some good pics!


User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4726 times:

Funny guy, knows how to sell himself and run a business.. amazing and scaring Big grin

They should have picked more beautiful FAs in the 1st pic, not these spice-girl style ugly girls there  Wink - a matter of taste..


User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4688 times:

Branson certainly has flair !

Our GOI babus at AI probably have no idea what just happened.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4655 times:

Quoting Ricci767 (Reply 17):
Was this an A340-300 or A340-600? I am going to guess A340-600.

Any link to the Type.I have a doubt on the -600 being used.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
25 Post contains images TRVYYZ : I'd love to disagree   . May be it's the uniform.  . Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.   [Edited 2005-04-03 21:01:37]
26 HAWK21M : Anyone can confirm if the A340-600 landed at Mumbai or was it the -300. regds MEL
27 AirIndia : The TOI reported it to be a 600. but again we cant be too sure of the reporting.
28 Post contains images Leezyjet : "They should have picked more beautiful FAs in the 1st pic, not these spice-girl style ugly girls there" I actually know both those girls in that pic,
29 Karan69 : One of my freinds send me an sms saying that he spotted it take off and that it was an A346, and his favorite aircraft is the A346 so i bet he wont m
30 Aseem : now with UK wanting open skies policy with India, we will see SRB all over the place. I simply admire this guy!! rgds Aseem
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