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Virgin Nigeria Swaps LHR To LGW  
User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8137 times:

London [LGW], England, Terminal S
10:45:00
Aircraft Type: AIRBUS INDUSTRIE AB3/AB6
Flight Time: 6hrs 45mins
Distance: 3,115 miles
Arrive:
Lagos [LOS], Nigeria
18:30:00



depart:
Lagos [LOS], Nigeria
23:25:00
Aircraft Type: AIRBUS INDUSTRIE AB3/AB6
Flight Time: 7hrs 5mins
Distance: 3,115 miles
Arrive:
London [LGW], England, Terminal S
05:30:00
Not sure about their frequency and whats with the Airbus 300??

Taken from www.deckchair.com while looking for flights over christmas


Not sure if there is a mistake in those


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User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8095 times:

I suspected and hoped this wouldnt happen. We have far too few African links now from LHR. I was hoping Virgin Nigeria would maintain and grow their prescence at LHR now it looks like being downgraded to LGW. Dont tell me they are even using an A300 now?

User currently offlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2603 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 8020 times:
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You are both aware that the Virgin Nigeria flights from LGW are in addition to the Virgin Atlantic LHR flights aren't you?

The winter timetable sees daily LHR-LOS flights operated by Virgin Atlantic A340-600 (VS651/652) and 3 weekly LGW-LOS flights operated by Virgin Nigeria A340-300 (VK292/293)

With the very limited number of slots available at Heathrow, running the Virgin Nigeria flights from LGW seems entirely reasonable given their own daily services remain at Heathrow.

Regards
CROSSWIND


User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7993 times:

I would like to have seen Virgin give some of their slots over to the 'national' carrier Virgin Nigeria in order to give the airline the best possible start on which to build.

User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7986 times:

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 1):
Dont tell me they are even using an A300 now?

They are still using G-VBUS

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User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7961 times:

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 3):
I would like to have seen Virgin give some of their slots over to the 'national' carrier Virgin Nigeria in order to give the airline the best possible start on which to build.

At the moment they VK and VS are competign against each others by the looks of it.



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User currently offlineETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7807 times:

Quoting Crosswind (Reply 2):
You are both aware that the Virgin Nigeria flights from LGW are in addition to the Virgin Atlantic LHR flights aren't you?

Amadeus shows only LGW through to May... with VS sticking to LHR.

And thank god it does not show an AB3/6!


User currently offlineMNeo From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2004, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7785 times:

Quoting Soups (Reply 5):

At the moment they VK and VS are competign against each others by the looks of it.

Is that even possible? They are both basically the same airline.



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User currently offlineETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7633 times:

Quoting MNeo (Reply 7):
Is that even possible? They are both basically the same airline.

Ha! Isn't that "similarity" something they are trying to distant themselves from? They are wanting to present VK as a Nigerian-dominated airline.


User currently offlineBehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4852 posts, RR: 44
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7567 times:

well from LGW, Virgin Nigeria can coordinate via a SPA with CO on their LGW-EWR and LGW-IAH flights...2 v imp markets in USA for the LOS market.

User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7491 times:

Quoting Behramjee (Reply 9):
well from LGW, Virgin Nigeria can coordinate via a SPA with CO on their LGW-EWR and LGW-IAH flights...2 v imp markets in USA for the LOS market.

I don't think VK has any agreements with CO, tickets will be quite expensive using 2 carriers that don't have any agreements



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User currently offlinePomnath From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7478 times:

I hope that means we have seen the last of G-VBUS at DEL then.

User currently offlineZSOFN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1413 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7447 times:

Just to clear up, VK is not completely owned by VS or SRB. They have a 49% stake but VK is controlled by Nigerian interests. Hence we may not necessarily see much cooperation between the two airlines, and VK may not enjoy the codeshares VS currently has.

Moreover, what's been said on this thread in fact does indicate that VK are moving ops to LGW if VS are in fact competing. And as for A300s, well it's the african way...


User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7439 times:

Quoting ZSOFN (Reply 12):
And as for A300s, well it's the african way...

Are they swapping their A340 to A300?
i doubt that



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User currently offlineZSOFN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1413 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7431 times:

Quoting Soups (Reply 13):
Are they swapping their A340 to A300?
i doubt that

I don't know that they are, however it's quite possible because it is so hard for an African carrier to sustain funds in order to keep relatively modern equipment. I was merely musing but who knows...


User currently offlineDkny From Ethiopia, joined Mar 2004, 714 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7439 times:

For some reason it seems like African carriers do well out of LGW. ET recently started flights to LGW in addition to it's LHR flights. For the winter season ET usually had extra flights to LHR but this season, LHR flights have been cut back to 3x a week, instead of 4x a week and 5x a week during x-mas. Instead for the x-mas season LGW will receive the extra flight to London. ANy reason for LGW being a success for African airlines?

User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7423 times:

a good number of africans live in the south of england and Kent


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User currently offlineDkny From Ethiopia, joined Mar 2004, 714 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7406 times:

Soups

any news of GIA. And what ever happened to the much talked about ACC-NYC flights with GIA and ET


User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7401 times:

GIA is to take off 30october on ACC-LGW on 757 (from Ryan Int Airlines)
the LGW will be upgraded to a 767 on 30dec 2005
Also Dusseldorf will be added on a 3 weekly basis using a 767.
they are at the moment selling tickets. i MIGHT be on the inaugural flight not sure yet see how work goes.
No news on the NYC yet



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User currently offlineZSOFN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1413 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7396 times:

LGW is a lot cheaper to fly to than LHR, particularly if you sell an LHR slot to move to LGW.

Quoting Crosswind (Reply 2):
You are both aware that the Virgin Nigeria flights from LGW are in addition to the Virgin Atlantic LHR flights aren't you?

That doesn't seem to be the case Crosswind. VK's website only offers LHR until some point in late November, so clearly no codesharing or anything. Just LGW service.


User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7389 times:

Quoting ZSOFN (Reply 19):
VK's website only offers LHR until some point in late November, so clearly no codesharing or anything. Just LGW service.

VK does NOT codeshare with VS flights..... But VS codeshare with VK flights



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User currently offlineUSADreamliner From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6548 times:

AB3= Airbus 340-300 Virgin Airways
AB6= Airbus 340-600 Virgin Nigeria




USADreamliner


User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1234 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6326 times:

Quoting USADreamliner (Reply 21):
AB3= Airbus 340-300 Virgin Airways
AB6= Airbus 340-600 Virgin Nigeria


Actually the code AB3 refers to the standard A300B4 and AB6 to A300-600.

However deckchair always gets these wrong and they also show SK, LH and most other A340 flights as the same AB3/AB6 code so this in no way means that VK are getting the A300, just a typical error in their system which cannot distinguish between different airbus widebodies.



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