B777A340Fan 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?
DLAgent 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.