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User currently offlineBHXDTW From Eritrea, joined Feb 2005, 1092 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6417 times:

Hi everyone...
Anyone know of the latest VS news from LHR/LGW/MAN ??
Any new route confirmations ?
Has DXB started taking bookings yet ? If so whats the loads looking like ?
Thanks guys,

Jordan

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User currently offlineGVWOW From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 168 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6101 times:

I don't know about a whole lot of new things on VS, but I know they are adding Montego Bay as well as Dubai. They have also just acquired another A346 named Miss Behavin' (G-VWKD), and will be having an ebay auction to name one of their next planes!

User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6066 times:

Manchester will have two B747's on thursdays, fridays and saturdays next winter, with Orlando going at 8 weekly and St Lucia and Barbados weekly.

Here's basically all the flights from Gatwick during July

Monday Gatwick-Montego Bay 09:00 12:50 VS065
Monday Gatwick-Nassau 09:30 13:30 VS061
Monday Gatwick-Barbados 10:00 13:45 VS029
Monday Gatwick-Las Vegas 10:45 13:30 VS043
Monday Gatwick-Orlando 11:15 15:25 VS027
Monday Gatwick-Orlando 12:30 16:40 VS015

Tuesday Gatwick-St. Lucia 09:00 12:45 VS031
Tuesday Gatwick-Barbados 10:00 13:45 VS029
Tuesday Gatwick-Las Vegas 10:45 13:30 VS043
Tuesday Gatwick-Orlando 11:15 15:25 VS027
Tuesday Gatwick-Orlando 12:30 16:40 VS015

Wednesday Gatwick-Montego Bay 09:00 12:50 VS065
Wednesday Gatwick-Antigua 09:30 13:10 VS033
Wednesday Gatwick-Barbados 10:00 13:45 VS029
Wednesday Gatwick-Las Vegas 10:45 13:30 VS043
Wednesday Gatwick-Orlando 11:15 15:25 VS027
Wednesday Gatwick-Orlando 12:30 16:40 VS015

Thursday Gatwick-Havana 09:30 14:10 VS063
Thursday Gatwick-Barbados 10:00 13:45 VS029
Thursday Gatwick-Las Vegas 10:45 13:30 VS043
Thursday Gatwick-Tobago/Grenada 11:15 15:15 VS051
Thursday Gatwick-Orlando 11:15 15:25 VS027
Thursday Gatwick-Orlando 12:30 16:40 VS015

Friday Gatwick-St. Lucia 09:00 12:45 VS031
Friday Gatwick-Antigua 09:30 13:10 VS033
Friday Gatwick-Barbados 10:00 13:45 VS029
Friday Gatwick-Las Vegas 10:45 13:30 VS043
Friday Gatwick-Orlando 11:15 15:25 VS027
Friday Gatwick-Orlando 12:30 16:40 VS015

Saturday Gatwick-Antigua 09:30 13:10 VS033
Saturday Gatwick-Barbados 10:00 13:45 VS029
Saturday Gatwick-Las Vegas 10:45 13:30 VS043
Saturday Gatwick-Orlando 11:15 15:25 VS027
Saturday Gatwick-Orlando 12:30 16:40 VS015

Sunday Gatwick-St. Lucia 09:00 12:45 VS031
Sunday Gatwick-Havana 09:30 14:10 VS063
Sunday Gatwick-Barbados 10:00 13:45 VS029
Sunday Gatwick-Las Vegas 10:45 13:30 VS043
Sunday Gatwick-Orlando 11:15 15:25 VS027
Sunday Gatwick-Orlando 12:30 16:40 VS015


User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7447 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6035 times:
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It's 2 744s at MAN from 1st July with MCO operating 10 weekly!

David


User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6004 times:

Quoting David_itl (Reply 3):
It's 2 744s at MAN from 1st July with MCO operating 10 weekly!

Until november, when there is no monday MCO service, but a BGI service instead. The second aircraft then operates to St Lucia on thursday and Orlando on friday and saturday


User currently offlineVScaptain From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5970 times:

Hey Guys

Yes VS are taking bookings for Dubi.

6 New A340-600s this year:
G-VYOU (eBay auction for name)
G-VBLU Soul Sister
G-VHIP TBA
G-VFIZ Bubbels
G-VWIN Lady Luck
G-VFIT Dancing Queen

Also have VS cancelled VS50 because you havent metioned it.

Hope This helps
Ash



AP321 - Oxford Aviation Academy
User currently offlineVScaptain From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5942 times:

Hi

Just a thought. With all the expansion going on at LGW/MAN don u reckon G-VXLG will get moved to LGW/MAN.

Makes sense to me.



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User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1633 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5898 times:

Quoting VScaptain (Reply 6):
Hi

Just a thought. With all the expansion going on at LGW/MAN don u reckon G-VXLG will get moved to LGW/MAN.

Makes sense to me.

I agree, I think it's inevitable that LGW/MAN will need another 747 for the summer season, and G-VXLG would fit very nicely, as it will leave only V:Port IFE equipped 747's at LHR.


User currently offline747uk From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5810 times:

Quoting BHXDTW (Thread starter):
Anyone know of the latest VS news from LHR/LGW/MAN ??
Any new route confirmations ?
Has DXB started taking bookings yet ? If so whats the loads looking like ?
Thanks guys,

Jordan

VS are beginning with a 4 weekly LHR-DXB commencing 27 March. VS has already started taking booking since 2005! Load factor for the first week
(based on first four flights) for the LHR-DXB sector is booked at 48%. That's not too bad considering they have another 11 Weeks to go before they operate the Inaugural. So I would expect for that load factor to go up!

DXB is popular resort with Virgin Holidays. When customers used to book packages with Virgin Holidays to DXB. Virgin Holidays used to book their customers on direct flights operated by EK. Now that VS will be flying there. Obviously they will only book there customers on flights operated by VS.

747uk


User currently offline6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3339 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5672 times:

Given that BA's suspension of MEL services has just released rights for daily UK-Australia flights (agreement is for 28pw in total), i'm surprissed VS has jumped on the opportunity to increase SYD flights, or even open up flights to MEL??

User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5653 times:

Quoting Planesarecool (Reply 2):
Manchester will have two B747's on thursdays, fridays and saturdays next winter, with Orlando going at 8 weekly and St Lucia and Barbados weekly.

Do you also happen to know which destinations their a343's and a346's are flying to?



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User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1633 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5608 times:

Quoting Kappel (Reply 10):

Do you also happen to know which destinations their a343's and a346's are flying to?

The A343's and A346's are based at LHR (with the exception the LGW-PHC service, served by an A343, which is being discontinued).

All of the LHR destinations get the Airbus except SFO, which is the only "year round" 747 only route it seems.


User currently offlineNZ1 From Australia, joined May 2004, 2277 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5411 times:
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To any VS insiders.

Has there been any talk of a LAX-AKL flight?, or a continuation of the flight to SYD going to AKL?

I heard last year that Branson was keen on flying from LAX to AKL, before heading to SYD, thus creating a RTW service.

NZ1


User currently offlineCactusTECH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5210 times:

VS will also start another flight to JFK with 346 starting July 1st and I will be MAN-JFK VS25/26

User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5204 times:

Quoting CactusTECH (Reply 13):
VS will also start another flight to JFK with 346 starting July 1st and I will be MAN-JFK VS25/26

VS to fly MAN-JFK? Seriously?


User currently offlineOzvirginuk From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 396 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5155 times:

Quoting CactusTECH (Reply 13):
VS will also start another flight to JFK with 346 starting July 1st and I will be MAN-JFK VS25/26

Where did you get this info from??? We certainly haven't been told about this inside VS..... MAN-JFK has not been mentioned at all in the up coming routes.

Quoting NZ1 (Reply 12):
To any VS insiders.

Has there been any talk of a LAX-AKL flight?, or a continuation of the flight to SYD going to AKL?

I heard last year that Branson was keen on flying from LAX to AKL, before heading to SYD, thus creating a RTW service.

NZ1

I would love to see us fly to NZ, but I'm not sure the US govt would permit a UK airline to fly LAX-AKL (although QF do it!) I may be wrong of course. What is the current agreement between New Zealand and the USA

Quoting 6thfreedom (Reply 9):
Given that BA's suspension of MEL services has just released rights for daily UK-Australia flights (agreement is for 28pw in total), I'm surprised VS has jumped on the opportunity to increase SYD flights, or even open up flights to MEL??

Again, I think all of us at VS would like to see more services to Oz (particularly those who come from there!!), however, at the moment, we don't have the metal. To start another service to Oz we would need 3 more A346s, and all of those being delivered this year have been earmarked already, some of which to cover the A343s which are leaving the fleet.

Ozvirginuk


User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5100 times:

Quoting Ozvirginuk (Reply 15):
Where did you get this info from??? We certainly haven't been told about this inside VS..... MAN-JFK has not been mentioned at all in the up coming routes.

And plus with Continental, British Airways, PIA and Delta all to be flying New York-Manchester, i can't really see the demand for a 5th airline on the route.


User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1633 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5042 times:

Quoting CactusTECH (Reply 13):
VS will also start another flight to JFK with 346 starting July 1st and I will be MAN-JFK VS25/26

I'd heard a new USA route would be announced soon, but did not expect MAN-JFK.

what's your source CactusTECH?


User currently offlineDptMAN From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5005 times:

How about a MAN - IAD flight, there are too many carriers on the MAN - JFK route. Why not take advantage of a popular route from BD previously to IAD. Come on VS.
dptMAN


User currently offlineMANmatt From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 969 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4979 times:

Quoting CactusTECH (Reply 13):
VS will also start another flight to JFK with 346 starting July 1st and I will be MAN-JFK VS25/26

Where have you heard this from? I seriously doubt that VS would start MAN-JFK especially with Delta starting this route in May, along with BA and PK already on the route and CO on MAN-EWR. As DptMan mentioned, MAN-IAD would work better, or even MAN-LAX. Or dare i say MAN-LAS taking over BD if the do a runner from all long haul at MAN?!!

Matt


User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4927 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4926 times:

Quoting DptMAN (Reply 18):
How about a MAN - IAD flight, there are too many carriers on the MAN - JFK route. Why not take advantage of a popular route from BD previously to IAD. Come on VS.

I think VS would need a codeshare deal with UA for the route to work. Shame UA dont have any aircraft themselves to operate the route with



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User currently offlineGayrugbyMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1737 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4913 times:

I had heard it was likely to be three times a weekMAN toLAX if anything.

User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2104 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4908 times:

Even if VS were to start MAN-JFK why would they use the A346 - an A343 would be a much better fit, although as has been pointed out with BA, DL and PK on MAN-JFK and CO on MAN-EWR, New York is very well served from MAN already.


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User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7447 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4789 times:
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MAN-JFK is one of the routes VS have been thinking about since the 1990s but it in terms of longetivity, MAN-MIA is the route they said they'd be flying and that was announced back in 1986!

The A343 would have been an ideal aircraft for them to send to MAN to tap into the more business-orientated routes but as they've decided that we're a better "leisure" based operation, services to LAX and LAS shouldn't be ruled out - it would then enable them to have 2 744s at MAN for an entire week rather than having to position up an aircraft from LGW to operate 3 services a week.

David


User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4765 times:

Quoting VScaptain (Reply 6):
Just a thought. With all the expansion going on at LGW/MAN don u reckon G-VXLG will get moved to LGW/MAN.

XLG has been at Gatwick for a few months now!


25 6thfreedom : into MEL VS could do it with a little over 2 aircraft i think. perhaps opening up BKK, or adding another HKG flight especially as VS is less reliant
26 Richard28 : No it hasn't! VTOP and VAST have been moved to LGW, but VXLG is still doing LHR runs (did VS11 LHR-BOS yesterday). Rich.
27 Matt72033 : well it was definately at LGW in October, november and december! its due to be reconfigured to LGW config in june time! but it is a gatwick aircraft,
28 Post contains links Richard28 : I beg to disagree! occassionally LHR equipment is used at LGW during maintenence etc, so XLG may have been used on some flights, however it is still
29 Matt72033 : that aircraft was at LGW everyday during the most part of october and November! i know cos i turned it around most days! for all intents and purposes
30 Post contains images Leezyjet : Sorry Matt, but you just contradicted yourself in the last post and Richard is correct. The a/c is still in LHR config and is still LHR based and tho
31 Gigneil : Speaking of V:Port equipped aircraft, has the V:Port system finally worked itself out? N
32 ScotspanGSM : There was an artical in the glasgow evening times interviewing a VS director and they are interested in starting GLA-Florida/carribean seasonal routes
33 Dfwagt : Any chance in VS comming to DFW?
34 Daron4000 : Or Chicago for that matter?
35 Toxtethogrady : "Any chance in VS comming to DFW?" No call for a third carrier on that route. Or from IAH, for that matter.
36 Matt72033 : ive heard rumours
37 Post contains links VScaptain : Okay, G-VXLG I s LHR configued and was at LGW from 24 OCT- 19 NOV. This was due to an aircraft going tech which then had to go for matenence. See this
38 HZ747300 : With little demand between the two, and it being generally handled by AirNZ, I doubt the US government would raise a fuss with this route being opera
39 Concorde001 : Under Bermuda II I think only one airline is allowed to serve LHR - PHX. Also, if a US airline decides to start PHX-LON, BA will have to shift LHR-PH
40 Post contains images Kaddyuk : Its a fantastic system..!
41 Post contains images GVWOW : It makes the flight go by in the blink of an eye! (but is that a good thing ) When I had it on VS11 (G-VWOW/Cosmic Girl), I swore that I would explor
42 Planesarecool : I was lucky enough to get the only two V:Port aircraft back when it was new(G-VBIG and G-VWOW) on LHR-SFO and LAX-LHR, and yeah, the 11hour flights se
43 Post contains images GVWOW : "You are now free to move about the map" The software for moving around the map has been installed and it is really neat! It runs Linux and is designe
44 CactusTECH : My source is inside company info Engineering dept. This route was cut after 9/11 and will now be coming back with the bus.
45 VgnAtl747 : Hmmm. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't recall VS operating MAN-JFK before. How could they "come back" to a route that was never cut? Routes cut a
46 Post contains images Richard28 : Correct. VS have never operated MAN-JFK (and Athens was also cut post 9/11!) can you clarify CactusTECH? Thanks!
47 CactusTECH : I meant VS25/26 just the flight number not MAN-JFK. They said is probably MAN not LHR they have not confirmed to the press if LHR or MAN but the lette
48 ZK-NBT : And we would love to have you! Any rumours or anything? Personally I think VS to AKL would be more likely than BA at the moment. NZ-USA is open skies
49 Centrair : Come on VS. More Japan....NGO would love you.....We will love you. Love you. Send an A340...Yes...An A340-300 would do just fine...fine...just fine. W
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