If thats how many are booked, thats how many are booked. What do you expect them to do, pull people in off the street just so all the seats are full ?. I would guess a majority of flights each day are not completely full to the brim but have a few empty seats onboard - especially at this time of the year.
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Group51 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 14700 times:
Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 12): What do you expect them to do, pull people in off the street just so all the seats are full ?
Isn't that, essentially what yield management is? I guess they fly them empty, because if they reduced prices to fill the plane, people would only pay the lower price. If they aren't gouging the market, I would guess it must be that the weight of cheaper passengers would be out balanced by the fuel cost of carrying them?
Xtoler From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 970 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 14321 times:
Hopefully they come in at all. The weather in ORD right now is terrible and I read there were loads of delays and canx.
As far as the loads on board, if VS is full going back, even this time of year that doesn't sound too bad, and at least some of the seats are being used, and also consider cargo. I'm sure VS isn't doing too bad on this route. Then again I don't know the frequency of their flights into ORD.
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B707forever From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 14213 times:
I don't think we're going to see the full effect of the economic crisis for a month or two on load factors. I flew on a CO 737-700 Friday night from Chicago to Newark with 12 people in the back. I was stunned by it, especially from Chicago on a Friday night. Perhaps a sign of the flight reductions coming for the spring. Don't be surprised.
StarGuy From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 12910 times:
Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 20): Well worn is a polite term. Mind you, we do tend to fly them like they were 737's on a shuttle!
You are entitled to your opinion but I have to say that I don't agree at all. I think that considering some of Virgins A343's are the first off of the production line, they are in very good condition when you compare them to Airbus' and Boeings around the world that are MUCH younger. Of course the A343's cabin and galleys aren't as modern inside compared, when you consider that some of Virgin's A346 fleet arrived only last year.
I certainly wouldn't consider this an "Airbus" issue, Boeings all over the world divert for technical reasons all the time.
Rdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 907 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 12291 times:
Neverquite know why all the UK go away over the Christmas period but it seems from the chat that non of the US want to go Maybe they have Thanksgiving instead? Thaty means they all go home and stay in the US
: At the risk of sounding dumb, why is this? I can understand a variation of one way being full and the other way empty very close to Christmas, but by
: Desperately in need of relief too. They never seem to have more than 4 of their 5 LHR based 744s in operation, it would make more sense to move one o
: You hit the nail right on the head, but then again we're spoiled here in Los Angeles...80 in January.
: Glad everyone is safe. Onboard fires have always been my worst fear.
: You're hilarious... I get that 160 pax is quite respectable....I wish all my VS flights were that empty/full!
: I was on VS40 on the first date this flight came back to ORD. They sent a A340-600 for the flight and was only booked to 56. For takeoff, we all had t
: Thankfully they are not fully reliant on just the LGW/MAN 747 fleet to get back to normal when situations do occur. Its quite common for a Heathrow s
: ? VS haven't received any new aircraft for nearly 2 years.
: Absolutely. How many other people in the country can say they're wearing shorts and t-shirts down by the beach in the middle of January. 83 degrees y
: My mistake, I forget how quickly time has flown, whatever, 2 years is still very very new.
: I won't say it's common. They occasionally bring in an aircraft from Heathrow if there is actually no aircraft available for that day (when one has a
: I see that G-VGAL an LGW/MAN 744 is operating VS350 tonight. Must be covering for G-VELD as this is usually an A343 route. Ive never known a Gatwick 7
: This has been planned for a while now.
: It does happen from time to time, although not as much as it used to.
: Hello The 744 to BOM has been planned for a while and will be for the next two weeks. I had my roster a few weeks back and positioned out to BOM Sunda
: Our high school flew back day Jan 3 and it was full. Same on outbound. Mark in MKE