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Virgin Atlantic Adds SJU  
User currently offlineBananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1586 posts, RR: 22
Posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8361 times:

According to Travelmole, Virgin have added SJU to their network for this coming winter. The flight will operate weekly, via ANU.

http://www.travelmole.com/stories/1136221.php?mpnlog=1&m_id=_r~Abs~~Ad

Given the large amounts of business that Virgin Cruises give to Carnival, I would imagine that there has been strong internal pressure for this route.

Is this the first scheduled link between the two countries?


Mark


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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33195 posts, RR: 71
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8343 times:



Quoting Bananaboy (Thread starter):
Is this the first scheduled link between the two countries?

British Airways flew to San Juan until 2001.

Although there is nonetheless currently a link between the two countries, because Puerto Rico is not a country, it's a commonwealth and part of the United States.



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User currently offlineBananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1586 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7923 times:



Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 2):
Although there is nonetheless currently a link between the two countries, because Puerto Rico is not a country, it's a commonwealth and part of the United States.

My bad. Thanks.

Mark



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User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2255 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7760 times:



Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 2):
Quoting Bananaboy (Thread starter):
Is this the first scheduled link between the two countries?

British Airways flew to San Juan until 2001.

BCal served SJU in the 1980s. I think BCal's flights stopped at SJU enroute to South America.



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16892 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7316 times:

Great connection for folks from the BVI, last time I was in St.Thomas there were a bunch of British folks from the BVI who came over on the ferry taking an AA flight up to JFK to connect to LHR.


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User currently offlineChristopherwoo From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6914 times:

I've heard that this is not happening . Its been denied by Virgin anyway.

User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6759 times:



Quoting Christopherwoo (Reply 5):
I've heard that this is not happening . Its been denied by Virgin anyway.

Link to a press release?



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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6391 times:



Quoting Christopherwoo (Reply 5):
I've heard that this is not happening . Its been denied by Virgin anyway.

It is happening. They denied it when the rumour first broke at the back end of last year, but it has now been confirmed.

http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/en/gb...ssoffice/pressreleases/news/pr.jsp

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User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2897 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6201 times:

Seasonal, once a week service via Antigua? I mean, this doesn't seem like too much to jump up and down about to me. Though, I suppose if it does well, we could see additional frequencies or n/s service...


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User currently offlineG4maddog From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6177 times:

Wonder if Virgin America is planning to add SJU as well...

User currently offlineLVHGEL From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2007, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5924 times:

It was locally announced by the Tourism Board Director last Saturday:

(Heard the report on Radio)

1) Weekly flight 747-400, Saturdays to coincide with Cruises departures.
2) Expect to begin service in November.
3) Aggressive Puerto Rico as a destination Marketing in UK, by Virgin Travel. (14 days packages, 7 days on the island, 7 day cruise)

IHMO it will be a seasonal flight from November up to April.


User currently onlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9962 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5759 times:

So it's a cruiseline charter flight and not a scheduled flight. Can one also just book to go to SJU alone (v.v.) without having a cruiseship journey from Puerto Rico or is the cruiseship package only offered?

Air Pullmantur also has cruiseship charters to AUA but these flights only carry cruiseship tourists as far as I know.

A388


User currently offlineLVHGEL From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2007, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5607 times:



Quoting A388 (Reply 11):

No, it is a scheduled flight, you can reserve without the need of a vacation package. (I have family in London and they plan to use this flight to visit). The vacation packages are designed to increase traffic, (eg fill the 747) and it is not a charter as per its definition.


User currently offlineEmiratesUK From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 288 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5593 times:



Quoting A388 (Reply 11):
So it's a cruiseline charter flight and not a scheduled flight. Can one also just book to go to SJU alone (v.v.) without having a cruiseship journey from Puerto Rico or is the cruiseship package only offered?

If as reported the flight will operate via ANU then I guess it will be a scheduled flight as ANU is a scheduled flight and would carry the same flight number.

I cant see them combining a scheduled and charter service!!



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User currently onlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9962 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5262 times:



Quoting LVHGEL (Reply 12):
Quoting A388 (Reply 11):


No, it is a scheduled flight, you can reserve without the need of a vacation package. (I have family in London and they plan to use this flight to visit). The vacation packages are designed to increase traffic, (eg fill the 747) and it is not a charter as per its definition.

Thanks for the correction.

Quoting EmiratesUK (Reply 13):
I cant see them combining a scheduled and charter service!!

I totally forgot about the ANU connection, my apologies. You are right but you can block seats to accomodate tour operators on a scheduled flight (if demand warrants it). In such a case it is indeed not a charterflight as a whole but you do combine scheduled passengers with charter passengers so to speak.

A388


User currently offlineWilld From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4928 times:

From what I have heard cruise passengers (through Virgin Cruises) will make up some 80% of passengers on the flight. As with the VS flights to other destinations (such as TAB, GND, MCO etc) the public can book seats but x amount of the seats will be sold to Virgin Holidays/Virgin Cruises to sell.

User currently offlineWahdadli From Antigua and Barbuda, joined Dec 2007, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4368 times:

Interesting.. the ANU flights have great booking levels during that time... will there be an increase in flights to ANU? Its at 3x year round now

User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6229 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3534 times:

Nice addition to SJU, these flights are going to heavily depend on criuse passengers-if the cruise contract is pulled or anything happens there goes the flight.
In Puerto Rico IB is the main link to Europe, they are known by many and have been around for years. I remember back in the day SJU got LH, AF, BA and KLM, now we only get IB and soon VS. I love seeing the IB 340-300 at SJU.

Regards,

Chepos



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User currently offlineBananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1586 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2518 times:



Quoting Chepos (Reply 17):
Nice addition to SJU, these flights are going to heavily depend on criuse passengers-if the cruise contract is pulled or anything happens there goes the flight.

Agreed, but highly unlikely. Virgin Cruises sell huge amounts for Carnival.

Mark



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