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VS A340-600 Visit To GIG On Friday  
User currently offline747uk From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 28 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4990 times:

Just thought I would let you spotters know that a VS A346 is schedule to land for the first time in GIG on Friday 27th January.

It has been chartered by Cunard to operate flights from LHR to GIG on 2 dates. The flights are to link up with a cruise.

Here is the flight schedule:

Date Day of the week Flight No From STD To STA

26 Jan 2006 Thursday VS9945 LHR 2205 GIG 0740
27 Jan 2006 Friday VS9946 GIG 1755 LHR 0700

02 Apr 2006 Sunday VS9945 LHR 2205 GIG 0540
03 Apr 2006 Monday VS9946 GIG 1545 LHR 0650


There will also be two flights to SCL (Santiago, Chile)

07 Feb 2006 Tuesday VS9949 LHR 2205 SCL 0950
08 Feb 2006 Wednesday VS9950 SCL 1430 LHR 0725

21 Mar 2006 Tuesday VS9949 LHR 2205 SCL 0850
22 Mar 2006 Wednesday VS9950 SCL 1730 LHR 0725

All flights are will be operated by an A340-600 aircraft. The flight to SCL will be the longest nonstop flight operated on a VS A340 aircraft.

Does anybody have any idea how long the flight from LHR to SCL will take nonstop? My guess 14 hours???

Happy spotting.

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User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11442 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4943 times:
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It was schedulled for Jan 26 but due to the delay on Queen Mary 2 cruise from US to Rio de Janeiro, the flights to GIG has been postponed for 1 day.

We are trying to know if there are more services to GIG to take the pax from FLL-GIG cruise and even if other flights come with pax to GIG-SCL cruise.

I have advised some GIG spotters like Mr. Bernardo Andrade. They also appreciate your kindly message, Thanks!

Any one knows more services linked to Queen Mary 2 ?

Felipe



New York + Rio de Janeiro = One of the best combinations !
User currently offlineMarambio From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2004, 1160 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4901 times:

I have heard VS has asked Argentine and Chilean authorities for rights to operate a (charter) flight from SCL to EZE on February, 7th, with A340-600. Do you guys have any idea about that?

Saludos,
Marambio



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User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11442 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4727 times:
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Quoting 747uk (Thread starter):
07 Feb 2006 Tuesday VS9949 LHR 2205 SCL 0950
08 Feb 2006 Wednesday VS9950 SCL 1430 LHR 0725

Hi Marambio,

Could be this flight to SCL, to take some of the Queen Mary customers as the next cruise will be Rio-Santiago. May be 747UK can give us more details. The cruise is delayed and a lot of customers are complaining about a rebate on the fares paid.


Felipe



New York + Rio de Janeiro = One of the best combinations !
User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1623 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4565 times:

Quoting LipeGIG (Reply 1):
It was schedulled for Jan 26 but due to the delay on Queen Mary 2 cruise from US to Rio de Janeiro, the flights to GIG has been postponed for 1 day.

Looks like it is going out today, flight is currently boarding, and due to leave LHR in 15 minutes...


User currently offlineTGV From France, joined Dec 2004, 874 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4468 times:

Quoting 747uk (Thread starter):
Does anybody have any idea how long the flight from LHR to SCL will take nonstop? My guess 14 hours???

You may not be far from the truth, as the AF CDG-SCL is scheduled in 14h00 westbound and 13h20 eastbound (with a 772 though).



Avoid 777 with 3-4-3 config in Y ! They are real sardine cans. (AF/KL for example)
User currently offlineVSGirl From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4424 times:

Hi All,

Cunard (who own the QM2 & QE2) carries around 50% American and 50% British passengers.

In their winter cruise schedule the ship mainly sails from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades). Flights are normally operated from EGLL, EGKK or EGCC. Cunard reserves many seats on BA’s schedule services into KMIA using their B744’s.

When Cunard ‘hire’ charter aircraft they are normally operated by Virgin Atlantic and they are nearly always the A343 type. I have heard of Virgin using their B744’s on certain long haul routes for Cunard when due to performance penalties the Airbus A343 don’t make economical sense.

When Cunard charter a Virgin Atlantic aircraft, certain services won’t be offered, even if you have paid extra to sit in ‘Upper Class’.

For example the following will not be offered on any Virgin Atlantic/Cunard charter (does not include services where Cunard buys seats on a scheduled route). Ground transfers (limo), entry into Club House, in flight beauty therapy & Freedom meals. You will also find that often the bar area is also not opened esp on night flights or when on the Boeing 744.

Cunard also use Britannia Airways (Boeing 762 & B763) and Monarch Airlines (A332 only). These two airlines are used with Cunard are sailing in and out of Port Everglades.

P&O Cruises (the largest British cruise line, where all passengers are British) position two ships in the Caribbean from late October until early to mid April. The two ships (Arcadia & Oceana) have a total of 3,968 berths (that’s how the cruise industry measures how many passengers can be taken on-board).

From early November thru to late March load factors onboard are very high, at least 90% (and totally full two weeks before, during and three weeks after Christmas and New Year).

Each cruise lasts for 14 nights and the turn around for most cruises are completed at Bridgetown (Barbados). As there are two ships, it means that every Friday there is one ship in and up to 2,016 passengers who need to be flown out and then 2,016 to be flown home to the UK. The week after, the other P&O Cruises ship will arrive to turn around.

P&O fly from EGLL, EGCC, EGHH, EGBB and sometimes other smaller regional airports. While passengers can upgrade to British Airways or Virgin Atlantic scheduled services most PAX opt for the airline that is included in the cruise price.

P&O Cruises normally uses the following airlines (see below), I have listed the aircraft but they change them all the time, hence why passengers can never pre-book a seat on a P&O Cruises air charter.

Britannia Airways (Boeing 767’s), Monarch Airlines (Airbus A332’s) & Thomas Cook Airlines (A332’s). These aircraft are normally fitted out with a single class (where possible) and if premium seats are fitted these are issued to ‘suite’ passengers only.

When flights leave smaller airports, like EGFF, EGTE,EGAA, EGPF or EGPH P&O will normally use Britannia Airways (Boeing 752 or Boeing 762) or Thomas Cooks (Boeing 752).

When P&O Cruises have cruises leaving South America they try to use the Airbus A332’s have they have a better mission range. However a tech stop normally takes place in TBPB or SBEG on the outward and TBPB or TTPP on the return.

On a Friday during the winter season anyone who lives near Grantley Adams Intl should pop down at around 3pm local time, it’s a site seeing up to nine aircraft arrive in the space of three / four hours.

If anyone has questions or wants me to find something out for them from the Carnival air department about which aircraft, where and when send me either a instant msg or e mail me and I will happy to help you.

Kind Regards
Kimberly.


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