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User currently offlineKaitak744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2372 posts, RR: 3
Posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5874 times:


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I see in this photo that there are 4 Virgin Atlantic 747s here. To be honest, I haven't even seen 4 VS 747s together at Heathrow. Are these usual routings or charter flights?

Also, what non-U.S. heavies come to MCO?

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User currently offlineSevenHEAVY From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1156 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5834 times:

This picture is consistent with VS's usual operation.

They operate 2 x daily flights from LGW (VS027 AND VS015) and 1 x daily from MAN (VS075, except Sun).

The fourth flight has operated from both LGW and MAN in the past (although not at the same time) as either VS049 (LGW) or VS073 (MAN). Next year it will operate via GLA on certain days.

The fourth flight generally operates summer only on TH/FR/SA.

There is usually only a window of about 30 minutes when it possible to capture all 4 B744 on the ground together at MCO.

To my knowledge VS have never operated a charter to MCO.

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User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5713 times:

BA also operates a 777 from LGW into MCO. Also Thomas Cook operates a 763 as Condor as well.


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User currently offlineJamesJimlb From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1023 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5709 times:

i know martin-air flies out of there


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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3767 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5685 times:

Quoting FutureFO (Reply 2):
BA also operates a 777 from LGW into MCO. Also Thomas Cook operates a 763 as Condor as well.

Martinair MP635/6 - 3x weekly 763 from AMS
British Airways BA2036/7 - Daily 772 from LGW
Condor DE5050/1 - 1x Weekly 763 from FRA

LTU doesn't seem to be operating flights anymore to MCO from DUS soon, although there is a flight today.

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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7485 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5668 times:

Does SV still fly there ?


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User currently offlineAkjetBlue From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 790 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5519 times:

In the summer VS usually increases Daily LGW upto 5 times daily on some days - posted on the GOAA website is an increase of the MAN flights on April 27th 2007 to 9 flights weekly! Didn't see that one coming.

Source:

http://www.orlandoairports.net/goaa/marketing/service.htm

Anyone have details for the VS MCO schedule for next summer? Kinda curious.

My thoughts still go out to all those who worked for VS in the MCO station before they contracted it out, such a shaby move - and on the second largest station behind London.

Quoting United_Fan (Reply 5):
Does SV still fly there ?

Currently there are no scheduled or charter flights to MCO by SV



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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8671 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5500 times:

Air Jamaca, AC, West Jet, Icelandair, and Bahamas Air all fly there too. I've seen 3 744 a/c there at one time. It's very intresting.

MCOflyer



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User currently offlinePropilotJW From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 589 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5397 times:

This past Saturday the 28th there were 4 VS744's. Its rare to get a peek with 4 but it was quite a sight again

User currently offlineDLX737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1905 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5365 times:

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 7):
Air Jamaca, AC, West Jet, Icelandair, and Bahamas Air all fly there too. I've seen 3 744 a/c there at one time. It's very intresting.

Icelandair is no longer at MCO. They moved to SFB some time ago.


User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7370 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5223 times:
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Quoting AkjetBlue (Reply 6):
posted on the GOAA website is an increase of the MAN flights on April 27th 2007 to 9 flights weekly! Didn't see that one coming.

Err...they've been operating around that frequency since July this year! Goes to 8 weekly in mid-Novmeber then back up again.


User currently offlineTeneriffe77 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 468 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5134 times:

Speaking of Virgin, does anyone know their history in MCO (like start date initial frequency etc)?

User currently offlineDTWAGENT From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5088 times:

Question. What is it like to Virgin Atlantic to LHR or LGW? Is the service and seating space better then any or our airlines in ecom. class??

Chuck


User currently offlineJfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8341 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4961 times:
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Way kool to see 4 of the LGW Virgin Fraternity in one place, then MCO is the second home of the LGW Virgin 5 Alitalia 744's.

User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7485 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4954 times:

Quoting Jfk777 (Reply 13):
Way kool to see 4 of the LGW Virgin Fraternity in one place, then MCO is the second home of the LGW Virgin 5 Alitalia 744's.

LAS is the same way,I always see a few 747-443's when I go to LAS.



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User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4923 times:

Quoting United_Fan (Reply 14):



Quoting United_Fan (Reply 14):

LAS is the same way,I always see a few 747-443's when I go to LAS.

How many 744s does VS operate? There fleet isnt that big is it? With 4/5 on the MCO route another couple on LAS? How much 744s are we left with and where do they go?



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User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4901 times:

Quoting Teneriffe77 (Reply 11):
Speaking of Virgin, does anyone know their history in MCO (like start date initial frequency etc)?

Quick timeline of VS at MCO
Late 80s/early 90s- charter flights operated for Virgin Holidays with 747 classics
1992- scheduled service from Gatwick launched
1996- scheduled service from Manchester launched
2001- 747-400 used from Gatwick as older 747 classics retired
2005- 747-400 used on Manchester flight after the last 747 classic retired
2007- Manchester-Glasgow-Orlando flight will operate in the summer


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7485 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4901 times:

Well , LAS-LGW is daily , plus aren't there carribean destinations only served from LGW in VS ? I almost wonder if VS will only operate 747's to 'leisure' destinations like MCO,MIA and the Carribean?


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User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6465 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4886 times:

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 7):
Air Jamaca, AC, West Jet, Icelandair, and Bahamas Air all fly there too. I've seen 3 744 a/c there at one time. It's very intresting.

MCOflyer

I think the question was what non US HEAVIES come to MCO.


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8671 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4880 times:

Quoting United_Fan (Reply 17):
I almost wonder if VS will only operate 747's to 'leisure' destinations like MCO,MIA and the Carribean?

Same here.

MCOflyer



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User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4795 times:

Condor and Thomas Cook are the same company. MP operates to MIA and SJO from MCO.


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User currently offlineKaitak744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2372 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4779 times:

Quoting Captaink (Reply 15):
How many 744s does VS operate? There fleet isnt that big is it? With 4/5 on the MCO route another couple on LAS? How much 744s are we left with and where do they go?

Yea, these days you only see A340-600s on all their routes. Where are the A340-300s and 747-400s? (besides MCO and LAS)


User currently offlineVSFLYER747400 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4700 times:

Quoting Kaitak744 (Reply 21):
Where are the A340-300s and 747-400s? (besides MCO and LAS)

SFO gets a daily 744
IAD gets a mix of A346 and A343
LAX double daily A346
JFK/EWR a mix of 744, A343 and A346
BOS gets a daily A343
MIA gets a daily 744

The LGW based 744s also go to HAV (2 per week), BGI (daily), ANU (3 per week), MBJ (2 per week), UVF (3 per week),GND and TAB (1 per week).



Being on: (in no order) VS BA AA EK CX MH DL EI BD KL HV NW RC LH AF DA TG QF US FR LX AC SK AZ PG SQ UA PA
User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1617 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4552 times:

Quoting VSFLYER747400 (Reply 22):
LAX double daily A346

In the Summer VS operate VS7/8 as a B744, and VS23/24 as a A346.

goes double daily A346 for winter only

Quoting VSFLYER747400 (Reply 22):
MIA gets a daily 744

MIA is a mix of B744 and A346

Quoting VSFLYER747400 (Reply 22):
BOS gets a daily A343

BOS also has a mix of A343, A346 and B744


User currently offlineVSFLYER747400 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4521 times:

Quoting Richard28 (Reply 23):
In the Summer VS operate VS7/8 as a B744, and VS23/24 as a A346.

goes double daily A346 for winter only

My apologies - didnt realise they seem to be changing operating aircraft on a month to month basis. I based my info on what I saw for November.



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User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7370 posts, RR: 14
Reply 25, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4412 times:
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Quoting 1stfl94 (Reply 16):
1996- scheduled service from Manchester launched

Elaborating on this - A340s to begin with, then we had the leased Martinair 767 for that winter only. Remained a "summer-only" service for a fair while. Think we had 742s by 2000. They diddled the MAN passengers/travel agents by using Air Atlanta 743s instead of their own equipment around 2002 without notifying anyone (caused a few comments!). I believe it was around 2003 when Air Atlanta's used the former VS 742s on the route (might have been this year when they expanded inrto year-round operations).

2005 also saw the start of extra services to MCO (and relating to where 744s go from MAN, they started a winter-only weekly BGI, but appear to have made it year-round and; this year sees the introduction of weekly UVF.)


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