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Virgin America A-320 On SF Airshow Fly-by This Wk  
User currently offlineLeamside From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 444 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3444 times:

A Virgin Atlantic A-320 " will perform the first-ever fly by of a commercial airline at the annual event. . . will swoop to 200 feet and soar over an estimated one million spectators on the Marina Green, as part of . . . air show activities on Oct. 10-12, 2008."

Other than what's being reported at http://biz.yahoo.com/pz/081010/151949.html does anyone have details on the Flight # of this Virgin Atlantic A320 that will do a fly-by at the show?

Is it still on for a 1:30PM fly-by this PM?

Thanks.

[Edited 2008-10-10 11:05:44]

[Edited 2008-10-10 11:06:48]

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User currently offlineSANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5557 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3324 times:

Well, at least that's one way for Virgin to get one of those sitting-idle a/c up in the air! (But talk about a low-yielding flight...)  Smile

bb


User currently offlineSFOnative From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3311 times:



Quoting Leamside (Thread starter):
A Virgin Atlantic A-320 " will perform the first-ever fly by of a commercial airline at the annual event.

Don't you mean a Virgin America like the thread title suggests?

Quoting SANFan (Reply 1):
Well, at least that's one way for Virgin to get one of those sitting-idle a/c up in the air!

Do you happen to know exactly how many VX aircraft are idle? Everytime I pass SFO, I do not see any VX planes collecting dust.  Confused

The real question is, with a wind storm of sorts setlting into the bay area right now with wind gusts up to 30 mph forcasted throughout the weekend, and I assume higher over the bay itself, how will this affect the air show part of Fleet week?


User currently offlineLuv2cattlecall From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1650 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3260 times:
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Quoting Leamside (Thread starter):
does anyone have details on the Flight #

Wouldn't it just be a repositioning flight #? It's not like it's a pax flight, although that would be awesome to be on! But we all know what happened the last time an A320 full of reporters did a low flyby  duck 



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User currently offlineSWASFLA From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3242 times:

Can they afford this? LOL

User currently offlineSL1200MK2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3216 times:



Quoting SFOnative (Reply 2):
The real question is, with a wind storm of sorts setlting into the bay area right now with wind gusts up to 30 mph forecast throughout the weekend, and I assume higher over the bay itself, how will this affect the air show part of Fleet week?

I was considering the same thing though at the moment it doesn't seem too bad out. I was more wondering in the case of the Blue Angels but thinking about the other flights at the airshow the same is true. My assumption, and trust me, these are merely assumptions, but I think that most of the "acts" will be able to tolerate or modify their shows for it. As many things in aviation are idiosyncratic, maybe this kind of wind will have some sort of enormous effect. I think and hope it wont be that bad at all. Either way, this is just the best weekend in San Francisco!


User currently offlineEK345 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3174 times:



Quoting SWASFLA (Reply 4):
Can they afford this? LOL

Let's see...

cost of fuel: $XXX
brand exposure to 1M+ people: $?

Sorry, but seems like a very logical business decision to me. I wish them the best of luck this weekend!

EK345



"and miles to go before I sleep..."
User currently offlineLeamside From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3156 times:



Quoting SFOnative (Reply 2):
Don't you mean a Virgin America like the thread title suggests?

Ahhh, yes, Got too excited. Thanks for catching that one.



http://i.pbase.com/g1/20/793020/2/104358099.qol24hJc.jpg

Photos of today's Virgin America A-320 fly-by can be viewed at http://www.pbase.com/ksfo/virgin_ame...n_gate__alcatraz_flyby_oct_10_2008


User currently offlineN53614 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3069 times:

I don't think this is the first ever fly-by of a commercial airliner at Fleet Week...I could have sworn a United 777-200 did a pass around 1996 or so, when they were new.

Either way, I am looking forward to seeing this!



B722 B732 B733 B734 B735 B73G B738 B739 B742 B752 B772 A320 A319 CRJ2 DHC8 E135 E140 E145
User currently offlineSFOnative From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3040 times:



Quoting Leamside (Reply 7):
Photos of today's Virgin America A-320 fly-by can be viewed at http://www.pbase.com/ksfo/virgin_ame...n_gate__alcatraz_flyby_oct_10_2008

Next year I need to make sure I can play hooky from work on the Thursday or Friday parctice days like I used to many years ago as a teenager. Lately I have been fighting the crowds on Sundays like some amateur.  Sad


User currently offlineSWASFLA From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2944 times:



Quoting EK345 (Reply 6):
Sorry, but seems like a very logical business decision to me. I wish them the best of luck this weekend!

I am sorry, I am just not used to VX making logical business decisions.


User currently offlineEK345 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2814 times:



Quoting SWASFLA (Reply 10):
I am sorry, I am just not used to VX making logical business decisions.

Can you please give us some examples of poor business decisions that VX has made, in order to support your statement?

EK345



"and miles to go before I sleep..."
User currently offlineSFOnative From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2810 times:



Quoting EK345 (Reply 11):
Can you please give us some examples of poor business decisions that VX has made, in order to support your statement?

Probably just that VX has not started service to where this poster lives!  Big grin


User currently offlineSWASFLA From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2743 times:



Quoting SFOnative (Reply 12):
Probably just that VX has not started service to where this poster lives!

Not really....I could care less. I've got WN and B6. I have flwon them before and there ok but if they never flew to S. Fla it wouldn't make a difference to me.


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