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Virgin Atlantic Providing Lift For BA  
User currently offlineDeltaflyertoo From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1647 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3171 times:

Now that the strike at BA is official, is there any word from VS about plans on their end to provide lift to BA passengers stranded. Will they be able add say a 3rd or fourth flight to say LHR to LAX or is their fleet massively tied up?

Its my AMERICAN perception only that in the local London market they are second fiddle to BA...i.e. more viewed as an airline for younger cost conscience pax vs. hardcore global jet setter biz type that go for BA. Are they going to try and change this in coming weeks or hoping to seize an opportunity of the strike to convert?

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User currently offlinePilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3029 times:



Quoting Deltaflyertoo (Thread starter):
is there any word from VS about plans on their end to provide lift to BA passengers stranded

We certainly will open our doors to anyone needing a lift home to the UK. As long as the seat is paid for, we are happy to get business, especially when it's coming from a competitor.

Quoting Deltaflyertoo (Thread starter):
Will they be able add say a 3rd or fourth flight to say LHR to LAX or is their fleet massively tied up?

There has been talk about adding extra sectors (nothing from management, just small talk here and there). Outbound flights (US to UK) are light leading up to Christmas, but inbound is full full full. So in some cases, we will have seats without adding sectors. I'm sure it will all be looked at on a station-to-station basis. Here at MCO, I don't think they will find the need to add another sector, as BA only has one 272-seat flight (and they aren't even full).

Quoting Deltaflyertoo (Thread starter):
Its my AMERICAN perception only that in the local London market they are second fiddle to BA...i.e. more viewed as an airline for younger cost conscience pax vs. hardcore global jet setter biz type that go for BA.

I'm glad you clearly indicated that it was an American perception. I do believe in many markets that VS may not be as cheap as you think, in comparison to BA. However, when it comes to price vs service, that's where we win.

I think if you ask most Brits they will say VS is the family airline and BA is the business airline...in a general manner of course.


User currently offlineLAXtoATL From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3012 times:

I have no idea what VS plans are. That said, I would assume they would seize this opportunity and try to accommodate as many stranded BA passengers as possible, but given the tight fleet utilization most airlines have I doubt you will see much altering of the schedule beyond normal holiday adjustments.

User currently offlineSK736 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2707 times:
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What a lovely thought - VS cabin crew on half the salries of BA cabin crew coming to the rescue of BA passengers! Willie Walsh has been making a big thing about the fact that BA cabin crew earn twice the salaries of VS cabin crew.

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