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Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07  
User currently offlineSevenheavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1156 posts, RR: 10
Posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5839 times:

Virgin Atlantic have announced they will operate daily LHR-NBO services from 1 June 2007.

They will be operated by an A343 in a J34W35Y171 configuration.

Flights leave LHR at 19:15, arriving in NBO at 06:05 the next morning. The return flight leaves NBO at 08:20 and arrives at LHR at 14:55.

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User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5812 times:

Good news for Virgin, though has there been any official confirmation from Beardy??

User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5742 times:

Good news for sure. This rumor has been running for a while now.

User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5662 times:
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Quoting Sevenheavy (Thread starter):
Virgin Atlantic have announced they will operate daily LHR-NBO services from 1 June 2

Good!!! Hopefully the increase in competition between Virgin, BA and Kenya Airways will lead to stable or lower prices just like at LOS where the competition between BA, Virgin, Virgin Nigeria, Afriquiyah and Bellview ensure reasonable prices to London. BA has a slight edge in terms of quality of service and the four class configuration..



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User currently offlineFlybhx764 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 267 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5584 times:

with chicago and Nairobi starting, where are these spare A343's coming from?

User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5567 times:

Quoting Flybhx764 (Reply 4):
with chicago and Nairobi starting, where are these spare A343's coming from?

Well VS are receiving a brand new Airbus 346 every month, so I reckon they just swop the aircraft round on the routes where either the A343 or A346 is most needed.


User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4119 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5539 times:

Good news indeed. Washington is also going double daily next summer, with an extra evening flight, using A340-300's.

User currently offlineDkny From Ethiopia, joined Mar 2004, 714 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5302 times:

What is the frequency of the flights daily?

User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4119 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5283 times:

Quoting 8herveg (Reply 5):
Well VS are receiving a brand new Airbus 346 every month

Nope, they're receiving one this month, and one in February, but then none until July.


User currently offlineHB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4498 posts, RR: 72
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5251 times:

Where do the extra Heathrow slots used to operate these new services to ORD and NBO from? Is VS still leasing slots from other airlines or have they actually acquired new slots?

User currently offlineFCAFLYBOY From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 587 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5215 times:

Quoting Sevenheavy (Thread starter):
Virgin Atlantic have announced they will operate daily LHR-NBO services from 1 June 2007

Excellent, I think VS will really give BA/KQ a run for their money, particularly on the IFE front, something not yet seen in Kenya (AVOD)


User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1603 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5184 times:

Quoting FCAFLYBOY (Reply 10):

Excellent, I think VS will really give BA/KQ a run for their money, particularly on the IFE front, something not yet seen in Kenya (AVOD)

Except that currently the A343 scheduled for this route does not have AVOD.

It's only the A346's and the LHR based 744's that currently have AVOD.


User currently offlineAwysBSB From Brazil, joined Sep 2005, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5006 times:

Could VS launch services to ADD too?
I think ET would be the region's best air partner for VS.


User currently offlineKq787 From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4901 times:

I am thrilled that VS is coming to NBO, although I am surpised that it is an evening flight.
Would it be much more convenient to offer a morning flight to enable early morning connections and then fly out of NBO in the evening to enable morning connections at LHR?


User currently offlineCXA330300 From South Africa, joined May 2004, 1560 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4898 times:

Just as a note for comparison, how many flights a day does KQ have on the route?


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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3767 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4885 times:

Quoting CXA330300 (Reply 14):
Just as a note for comparison, how many flights a day does KQ have on the route?

These are the LHR-NBO flights in April 07:

British Airways - Daily B744, 3x Weekly B763
Kenya Airways - 9x Weekly B772*

*1x weekly flight is operated via MBA on the return (Sa)

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlineHB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4498 posts, RR: 72
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4777 times:

Quoting Kq787 (Reply 13):
I am thrilled that VS is coming to NBO, although I am surpised that it is an evening flight.
Would it be much more convenient to offer a morning flight to enable early morning connections and then fly out of NBO in the evening to enable morning connections at LHR?

Slot availability at LHR as well as scheduling issues might very well preclude VS from setting up such a schedule. While scheduling new flights at Heathrow, one can by no means be picky...


User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4663 times:

Quoting FCAFLYBOY (Reply 10):
Excellent, I think VS will really give BA/KQ a run for their money, particularly on the IFE front, something not yet seen in Kenya (AVOD)

I thought KQ's 777s had AVOD???


User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4651 times:

An NBO question: which other European airlines fly to NBO besides LX and VS?

User currently offlineBCA2005 From India, joined Sep 2005, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4626 times:

Quoting ZRH (Reply 18):
An NBO question: which other European airlines fly to NBO besides LX and VS?

KL, BA and SN


User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4492 times:

Quoting AwysBSB (Reply 12):
I think ET would be the region's best air partner for VS

I disagree with you on that one. KQ has come a long way and their service (not to mention the 772's) is awesome.


User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2149 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4417 times:

Agree. ET has a way to go in service levels. Their 757s from LHR are pretty bad.

User currently offlineAwysBSB From Brazil, joined Sep 2005, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4257 times:

Quoting TinkerBelle (Reply 20):
KQ has come a long way and their service (not to mention the 772's) is awesome.

However, KQ has a strong partnership with KL... VS would have no chance with them.

Quoting AF022 (Reply 21):
Their 757s from LHR are pretty bad.

Their operations to/from Europe might be focused on O/D services, so they do not have to operate bigger and better aircrafts as yet.
An interesting point is that VS is also focused on O/D services.


User currently offlineBHXDTW From Eritrea, joined Feb 2005, 1090 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4206 times:

Quoting BCA2005 (Reply 19):
Quoting ZRH (Reply 18):
An NBO question: which other European airlines fly to NBO besides LX and VS?

KL, BA and SN

....
Your right !!!!

I just did a quick check on the Gal system and LH nor AF dont run the route !!!
I can see that AF may not as KL already do it.. but I would have thought LH would have instead of LX ...


User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4174 times:

Quoting BHXDTW (Reply 23):
but I would have thought LH would have instead of LX

LX (and former SR) have a long tradition to serve NBO (since many decades). Why should LH then?


25 Post contains images BHXDTW : to be truthfully honest there was no basis for my comment... I just figured that LH being the daddy of them both, they would have NBO in their portfo
26 ZRH : Why? LX is also running the flight to SCL istead of LH.
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