Charles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1307 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4387 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
Bruin787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 117 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2939 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?
MakeMinesLAX From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 516 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2547 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.
Bruin787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 117 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2431 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.
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.
Flybyguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1791 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2274 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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