HL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1187 times:
Today my dad was flying from LHR-LAX on Virgin Flt VS007. He boarded the plane that was named "Lady Penolope" (Registration???) and he was sat in his seat ready to go. Suddenly one of the cargo containers hit the side of the cargo door and so they couldn't get the planes cargo door shut. the scheduled Dep. time was 1200 Local time and then this happened. Virgin announced that they would bring in another aircrfaft to operate the flight. they also said that the Dep. time would be 1500 hours Local Time.
What are your opinions on this?
e.g. do you think that this was a good way of resolving the problem, or could Virgin have done it better?
Olympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1151 times:
Well, think about it.
If the door could not close, what else could Virgin do but send in a replacement aircraft. I am sure that trying to fix the door might have taken longer, so I believe that sending a replacement aircraft was the only way to solve the problem. Perhaps they could have sent them on a codeshare aircraft, but that might have been even harder.
I flew Lady Penelope in 1994 I believe, and it was one month old, ahh that was a great flight Arrivederci Olympic A-340
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1121 times:
I think they couldn't have done anything better - what other options are there? Waiting for the repairs is the only one I can think of.
Anyway, such things happen. When my family flew to Washington on BA a few weeks ago, they were already at the threshold of the runway when the pilots discovered an engine oil pressure problem and returned to gate - end result: 4.5 hours delay (BA decided to wait for the repairs). So basically, in our industry things do not always go smoothly and delays occur. But there is nothing that can be done to prevent that.