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New Virgin Service To HKG  
User currently offlineCrewrest From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 93 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3860 times:

Has anyone heard a rumour of Virgin starting a dedicated LHR-HKG-LHR service to add to the current continuing service to SYD?

Also: When's DXB starting. Anyone? Anyone?

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User currently offlineOzair From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 878 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3828 times:

Quoting Crewrest (Thread starter):
Has anyone heard a rumour of Virgin starting a dedicated LHR-HKG-LHR service

The loads are certainly good enough for another flight and it would free up more seats for the SYD-LHR route, not just SYD-HKG, but maybe this is one they wait to use the A380 on. 2009 might be a bit far away though and a bit more frequency never hurt anyone.


User currently offlineN754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3574 times:

I heard two things:

1) They are VERY short of aircraft

2) Loads on the Sydney flights are terrible


User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3476 times:

Yes, i have heard that, as they need to free up space on the LHRHKG route to enable thru pax from SYD. LHRHKG and vv was doing well with good loads, and didn't need to have SYD tagged on. THe demand is SYDLHR not SYDHKG.

Good luck to them. When they join Oneworld I look forward to earning points on them. LOL.


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3433 times:

Quoting N754PR (Reply 2):
2) Loads on the Sydney flights are terrible

Loads on the SYD flight are terrible because LHR-HKG is taking all the seats.

N


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3325 times:

Quoting N754PR (Reply 2):
2) Loads on the Sydney flights are terrible

They are not doing to bad considering it is still a new route and it's low season on that route too.

Loads between HKG-SYD are ok, which could suggest that people seem to be having a stopover in HKG, although granted LHR-SYD direct loads could be better.

 Smile



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User currently offlineCrewrest From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3171 times:

Thanks for input guys

I thought VS got into the route for China-Oz seats, one of the world few growing markets.

How come Virgin can't fill HKG-SYD when CX/QF have (I assume) mulitple flights? Low season? Too new a player?


User currently offlineLuv767s From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3055 times:

Quoting Crewrest (Reply 6):
Too new a player?

Probably the case, but when I was in Hong Kong this past winter, there were all kinds of ads throughout the subways and such promoting the SYD flights...so they are trying.



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User currently offlineBullpitt From Spain, joined Mar 2004, 871 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3046 times:

Hi All

I want to do AMS-HKG-AKL in late June can does anybody here know what loads are like?

Also interested in HKG-TLV mid July.

Would be travelling on ZED tkts.



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User currently offlineHB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4514 posts, RR: 72
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

As discussed here before, it was a mistake on Virgin's part to tag the new SYD flights to the already popular LHR-HKG sector, which was a line that could easily sustain itself. The LHR-HKG-LHR sectors now have to support the additional LHR-SYD-LHR traffic, and with a large number of pax still flying the LHR-HKG-LHR sectors, the airline is essentially forced into heavily marketing the HKG-SYD-HKG market.

Virgin would have done better by initiating a totally new flight, including the transit point, which could have been a variety of places, including BKK, KUL and SIN, and start from scratch with 2 new stations. As it is right now, the SYD extensions are threatening the performance of the successful HKG route.


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