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User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5289 times:

Hello all,

I was driving home from work today and saw a A319 of Virgin American sitting over at the Imperial Terminal. Looks pretty cool-what is it doing here?

Thanks.


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User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24320 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5249 times:

Start up is 1 week away on the 8th. They also have a plane positioned to JFK already.


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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5237 times:

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 1):
Start up is 1 week away on the 8th. They also have a plane positioned to JFK already.

May I ask which terminal VX is going to be operating out of at LAX?



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User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5221 times:

Quoting San747 (Reply 2):
May I ask which terminal VX is going to be operating out of at LAX?

Terminal 6


User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24320 posts, RR: 47
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5221 times:

Quoting San747 (Reply 2):
May I ask which terminal VX is going to be operating out of at LAX?

Term-6. 2 gates initialy with a 3rd one coming online as the schedule grows.



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User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5161 times:

any word on lounge and meal offerings yet? Their website seems more focused on the seat and entertainment system, and goes into very little detail about anything else.

User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5128 times:

Quoting Hawaiian717 (Reply 3):
Terminal 6



Quoting Laxintl (Reply 4):
Term-6. 2 gates initialy with a 3rd one coming online as the schedule grows.

That's what I figured... T6 is about the only terminal at LAX with any space left for an entrant like VX.



Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1321 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5058 times:

Quoting AA61Hvy (Thread starter):
I was driving home from work today and saw a A319 of Virgin American sitting over at the Imperial Terminal.

Cool! I'm gonna have to pay attention tomorrow as I drive to/from work. I'm very interested in their product as a genuine alternative to the legacy carriers in domestic routes. Not sure if VX will be the one to shake up the industry here (as Ryanair has done in Europe), but if they offer superb service for cheaper fares than AA/UA/CO/DL etc I see them having success here


User currently offlineLACA773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3945 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4982 times:
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Is there anywhere to park near the Imperial terminal so we can get some photos of their 319?

I was also wondering about the inflight catering. Does anyone know of anything as of yet?

LACA773


User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2769 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4532 times:

What gates are they using (and expanding to) in terminal 6?

User currently offlineCuriousFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 675 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4114 times:

So we now are 2 days from the launch, did they get all the authorizations they need?

User currently offlineCuriousFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 675 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3862 times:

I am surprised: the first flight should be in less than 2 days, and there is still no information on the "receipt of government operating authority."

Noone has any insight on this on this board?


User currently offlineBruin787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 117 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3610 times:

My first post on airliners.net! Woohoo!

I can check with my sources tomorrow and see what the latest info is. At least for the inaugural flight from lax, I believe passengers were to be comprised of VX staff and friends only. Since they're not carrying revenue passengers, would a government authority be required for that particular flight?


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User currently offlineCuriousFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 675 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3409 times:

Welcome Bruin787!

I feel lonely on that one: with the first flight tomorrow, the website still warns that the authorization is not there yet... Scary!!

No?


User currently offlineMakeMinesLAX From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 559 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3218 times:

Quoting LACA773 (Reply 8):
Is there anywhere to park near the Imperial terminal so we can get some photos of their 319?

The former West Imperial Terminal is now the home of the Flight Path Learning Center ( http://www.flightpath.us ), a nice repository of LAX memorabilia. It's open to the public, and you might get to venture out to the former boarding area (i.e. outside the building) if you are nice to the staff and identify yourself as an aviation eNthusiast.

[Edited 2007-08-07 21:40:18]

User currently offlineBruin787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 117 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3102 times:

The latest info:

As of this noon today, VX had still not been granted "government operating authority", however since its only VX staff on the inaugural flight, it will proceed tomorrow morning as scheduled. Its the flights AFTER that where the plot thickens.

The plane for the first flight is now on the ground at LAX. Its parked over at Flightpath, and will remain there overnight while TSA, VX, and LAX finish setting up for tomorrow's festivities. The plane is N622VA "California Dreaming".

If you want to get a close up view of the plane, GO NOW. Security around Flightpath will get much tighter as the evening goes on, and you can forget about parking there tomorrow to see it depart.



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User currently offlineAer From Guatemala, joined Mar 2004, 1044 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2994 times:

Quoting Charles79 (Reply 7):
I see them having success here

I hope VX goes international some day. Something that boggles me, will they use Flight Club or will will they have their own FF program linked to Flight Club?



nice and spacious airports in need of new airlines and flights... GUA or FRS anyone?... anyone at all?
User currently offlineBruin787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 117 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2971 times:

Quoting Aer (Reply 16):

Flying internationally is not on the cards at the moment. Right now they're just trying to get in the air and grow steadily. Their FF program is called eleVAte, and at the moment they have no alliance or linked partners.

http://www.virginamerica.com/va/what...leVAte.do?method=showwhatIseleVAte



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User currently offlineFlybyguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1798 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2945 times:

Quoting Aer (Reply 16):
I hope VX goes international some day.

Isn't that precisely the point? VX is Virgin Atlantic Airways' domestic alliance partner... or at least it's obvious that something like that will happen once authority is granted. I don't think that SRB gave this "independent" airline the Virgin Group's logos for nothing other than to enter the already saturated U.S. LCC market.

As a side note, I can't see that VX will appeal to die hard business travelers, unless flights on VX are somehow associated with the Virgin Atlantic frequent flier program. Most transcons that are business heavy seem to be on airlines that go to places other than Fort Myers.



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User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2737 times:

Final approval came through this afternoon:

http://www.planebuzz.com/2007/08/big_day_tomorrow_for_virgin_am.html


User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24320 posts, RR: 47
Reply 20, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2659 times:

Quoting Modesto2 (Reply 9):
What gates are they using (and expanding to) in terminal 6?

67A & B



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