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User currently offlineB777A340Fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 774 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2172 times:

A lot of hype is rising regarding Virgin America. I know very little of the airline and I was wondering if people could share their opinion on the "new" airline. I know it's going to be based out of SFO and fly an all A320 fleet. When do they expect to have the inaugural flight? Which destinations are they going to serve? What are its predictions/business plan in an already saturated market? How do they intend to deal with B6, WN, F6, and the likes? What do they intend to do differently?

[Edited 2006-05-04 15:02:23]

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User currently offlineDAYflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3807 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2163 times:

Someone just posted the picture of the first aircraft on a.net. As far as I know they will be serving major markets like NY, LA, SEA, etc.


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User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2014 times:

The plane's livery looks pretty nice IMO  Smile


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User currently offlineA319XFW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1757 times:

They have also got a flying A319 at XFW at the moment - and all I can say is, the cabin is very funky/psychodelic.

User currently offlineDFWMzuri From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1611 times:

I saw the picture this morning so I looked at their website. Do you think they'll fly DFW with WN at nearby DAL? I would like to see some more options and competition here!

User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9211 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1544 times:

Quoting A319XFW (Reply 3):
They have also got a flying A319 at XFW at the moment - and all I can say is, the cabin is very funky/psychodelic.

Groovy! Far out!  Wink  cool 

Quoting DFWMzuri (Reply 4):
I saw the picture this morning so I looked at their website. Do you think they'll fly DFW with WN at nearby DAL? I would like to see some more options and competition here!

Boy, would that be nice or what?  Wink
Dallas is a major market. I wonder what that would mean in terms of AA, WN, and the Wright Amendment...  box 



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User currently offlineCentPIT From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 990 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1440 times:

I think Virgin America should grow slow.


Some of the beginning routes might look somewhat like this:

SFO-JFK-3X
SFO-EWR-2X
SFO-MCO-2X
SFO-IAD-3X
SFO-PHL-1X
SFO-IAH-2X
SFO-PIT-1X
SFO-SEA-2X
SFO-MIA-2X
SFO-ORD-2X
SFO-DEN-2X
SFO-RDU-1X

This is just a scenario if you will!



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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 48
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1423 times:
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I think the first thing is they need to get a certificate to actually fly! New plane paying lease rates and is sitting on the ground! Sound business plan if you ask me.


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User currently offlineDLAgent From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1254 times:

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 7):
think the first thing is they need to get a certificate to actually fly! New plane paying lease rates and is sitting on the ground! Sound business plan if you ask me.

Recently I had some "financiers" for commercial aircraft, waiting for a flight at my gate, and a conversation ensued. This topic came up, and they said that Virgin America has a deal with Airbus that the contracts have a contingency that Virgin America will recieve aircraft for proving their suitability to fly etc and for obraining their certificate, and that payment for any of this is contingent upon them receiving a certificate. If not, the aircraft are to be returned.


User currently offlineN276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1251 times:

Has there been any rumors as to a second or third base/focus city? Or, are they planning a hub 'n spoke type of operation @ SFO?


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User currently offlineVisakow From United States of America, joined May 2006, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1230 times:

I am assuming this is a continuing press by Sir Richard Branson to rule the airline world. If it's for the good of the flying public and his service matches somebody like JetBlue I am all for it.

Sorry for lack of acronyms, I have been a squid for 12 years and have only been studiously looking over the posts over the last few weeks and just signed up.


User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1224 times:

Quoting Visakow (Reply 10):
Sorry for lack of acronyms

Sorry? Acronyms don't make you smart. No need to feel sorry. Welcome aboard.

-SOAC



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