LHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 44
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2138 times:
I remember when Virgin first started, they had 2 747-100s, and were running LGW-EWR. I saw one of their 747s one night in Newark and thought to myself: "This little airline doesn't stand a chane on the London-New York route. They'll get eaten alive!" Guess I was slightly mistaken. Hats off to Virgin for being creative and innovative and carving out their slice of the pie!
"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2114 times:
Actually, Virgin started with one plane and it was not
a 747-100 but a 747-200 ironically. That same plane,
nicknamed Maiden Voyager, still flies today, mainly
out of Heathrow to Washington DC/Dulles. As of May
2000, the aircraft had not been repainted in the new
Virgin only operated one 747-100, which it acquired
in 1991. It was called Spirit of Sir Freddie and was
used mainly on the Gatwick-Boston, Gatwick-EWR,
and Heathrow-JFK route. The plane was retired in
January and has since been scrapped. Even though
it was a 747-100, it had seatback videos (although
quite primitive compared to the rest of the fleet),
and the cabin was comfortable and just as stylish
and unique as the A340's, 747-400's, and 747-200
in the fleet.
VirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2102 times:
Richard Branson and the rest of the employees did an excellent job and my hats go off to them. It's really nic to see the atractive female FAs on one of the world's favorite airlines along with manecures, massages by the drop dead gorgous female FA ( on my last EWR-LHR flight) PTVs and nintendo 64s in everyseat even in economy. where else can you find all this on other airlines?
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12932 posts, RR: 34
Reply 8, posted (15 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2056 times:
Having flown on VS from EWR to LHR last month, I cannot praise them highly enough. They were truly superb. It is great to see an airline growing so healthily and long may it continue; it deserves to do well.