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User currently offlinePlaneMad From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 533 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

Just seen on VS website that they will fly to MRU out of LHR not LGW

"Please be advised that Mauritius services will change port of origin from Gatwick to Heathrow in time for services commencing on 28th October 2007.

Passengers booked on Monday VS372 services ex LGW will be reprotected on the Sunday VS372 ex LHR.

Passengers booked on Friday VS372 services ex LGW will be reprotected on the same day's flight from LHR.

Passengers booked on Tuesday VS373 services ex MRU will be reprotected on Monday VS373 services and will arrive in LHR instead of LGW.

Passengers booked on Saturday VS373 services ex MRU will arrive in LHR instead of LGW. "

Sam D  Smile

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User currently offlineQantas744ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1288 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2304 times:

Sweet!

great to hear another VS 744 flight from LHR Big grin

BTW I guess they decided to use premium configured planes for the flight?

So it is no longer a LGW config 744 but now a LHR config plane?

Leo



Happiness is V1 in Lagos
User currently offlineSevenHeavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1156 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2184 times:

Quoting Qantas744ER (Reply 1):
great to hear another VS 744 flight from LHR

Afraid not. The flight will now be operated by an A343, with the exception of the inaugural services which will be A346.

Regards



So long 701, it was nice knowing you.
User currently offlinePlaneMad From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 533 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1969 times:

Why is first service always an A346?

Sam D  Smile


User currently offlineStarguy From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1940 times:

Quoting PlaneMad (Reply 3):
Why is first service always an A346?

Because it's the newest, glitziest plane with new Premium seats, new Economy seats and V:Port


User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

Quoting PlaneMad (Reply 3):
Why is first service always an A346?

Because its the VS flagship


User currently offlineSevenHeavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1156 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1868 times:

Quoting PlaneMad (Reply 3):
Why is first service always an A346?

Not always.

An inaugural is almost entirely filled with press, airline execs and various CIP's. therefore the aircraft with the highest density upper and premium configuration is used.

On plenty of occasions a 44J configured B744 has also been used for inaugurals - most recently MBJ, HAV and some others that will subsequently revert to a higher density, leisure configured B744.

Regards



So long 701, it was nice knowing you.
User currently offlineEKSkycargo370 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1803 times:

Another paradise destination to be over run by riff raff!

User currently offlineStarGuy From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1639 times:

Quoting EKSkycargo370 (Reply 7):
Another paradise destination to be over run by riff raff!

Not all Brits are Riff Raff. The flight is going from Heathrow, not Chavwick! LOL


User currently offlineBA1985 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1577 times:

I think its quite interesting that they have moved the flight to Heathrow...compete more effectively with the BA service?

User currently offlineAlanUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1534 times:

Quoting PlaneMad (Reply 3):
Why is first service always an A346?

Because as usual, it is all about PR with Virgin... And for the TV cameras, they want the newest plane going... For all the media/press onboard, they don't want a tired old A340-300 with old seats and entertainment system.

Of course what the passengers get for real past that inaugural date is of very little concern to Mr Branson. As long as he gets to go on that Wing with a couple of birds wearing something local that gets him in the papers, that's all that matters!

Ah... The wonderful world of Virgin Atlantic.


User currently offlineSevenHeavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1156 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1450 times:

Quoting AlanUK (Reply 10):
Because as usual, it is all about PR with Virgin... And for the TV cameras, they want the newest plane going... For all the media/press onboard, they don't want a tired old A340-300 with old seats and entertainment system.

Actually By the time the MRU service commences the A343 will have IDENTICAL J and W seats to an A346 (most already do) and in many ways the A343 actually has a preferrable economy cabin.

Granted the IFE system is inferior to an A346. What is always conveniently overlooked is that it is still comparable or superior to anything offerred by the competition.

As I mentioned earlier it has more to do with configuration than how good the aircraft looks in photos. Outside of Airliners.net how many people do you think would actually know the difference between an A343 and an A346?. fewer still would actually know which was the nicer aircraft - to many an A343 is considered more aesthetically pleasing than an A346.

VS start most of their routes with an A343 for the simple reason that they are currently the smallest aircraft in the fleet. Once the route has gained a foothold in the market it will be upgraded to an A346.

Regards



So long 701, it was nice knowing you.
User currently offlineStarGuy From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1446 times:

Quoting AlanUK (Reply 10):
Because as usual, it is all about PR with Virgin... And for the TV cameras, they want the newest plane going... For all the media/press onboard, they don't want a tired old A340-300 with old seats and entertainment system.

Of course what the passengers get for real past that inaugural date is of very little concern to Mr Branson. As long as he gets to go on that Wing with a couple of birds wearing something local that gets him in the papers, that's all that matters!

Ah... The wonderful world of Virgin Atlantic.

Of course an airline would want it's newest aircraft type flying on it inaugural service, not just VS and SRB I'm sure. Added to that, VS is doing what is necessary to address any issues like this by purchasing the 787 to replace the A343. If anybody has got a real problem with VS still flying the A343's that they have, you have two options, either call SRB and tell him to dig into his own pockets to completely refurbish the A343's which are going to be replaced in 4 years, or call Boeing and ask then if they could please hurry up and build the 789 for us.

Although the A343's are getting on in age, with the introduction of the new Premium Economy seat, this aircraft still offers everything that any other airline flying this route offers. As a Passenger, I would rather fly on the A343 to MRU than the LGW 744 as I'm guaranteed the new W seat and the Odyssey entertainment system, which is alot better than the NOVA system on 5 out of 8 aircraft at LGW. So the passengers are still getting a good deal even though it's not an A346.

But you never know, if the MRU service is as popular as VS hopes and predicts it will be, you may see the A346 flying the route in the not too distant future. Fingers crossed.


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