AkjetBlue From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 790 posts, RR: 6 Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4622 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.
1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day ago) and read 4004 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
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7257 posts, RR: 14 Reply 25, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 3515 times:
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.)