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Virgin Atlantic Pressing To Move To LHR T2  
User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3073 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 11002 times:

Todays Times is quoting Steve Ridgeway of Virgin Atlantic pushing BAA to make his airline the "anchor tennant" at the new T2. Also, apparently VS have always wanted to fly short haul from LHR. Apparently.

A move to T2 would be a step up in the passenger experience, and given it will be missing BMI, I guess the space is there. Would mean moving the Clubhouse though. A good move if it comes off I think. The short haul stuff remains nonsense on stilts in my view however. STAR anyone?

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User currently offlineteme82 From Finland, joined Mar 2007, 1400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 10993 times:
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Quoting skipness1E (Thread starter):
The short haul stuff remains nonsense on stilts in my view however. STAR anyone?

Since BMI is gone I would think that VS. Or should I say Virgin Europe. Would make BA's life harder in LHR and perhaps boost VS's long-haul ops.



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User currently offlinefcogafa From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 738 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 10918 times:

HAL might be up for it as they need to reduce capacity in T3 to allow for revamp/rebuilding of pier 7 etc.

User currently offlineGCT64 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 1323 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 10660 times:

Quoting skipness1E (Thread starter):
Steve Ridgeway of Virgin Atlantic pushing BAA to make his airline the "anchor tennant" at the new T2.

Given that the new T2 (along with T5) are going to offer, by far, better pax experiences than T3 or T4 this makes a lot of sense from Virgin's viewpoint. It would also allow room for T3 to be re-developed to properly serve OW (primarily BA overflow and AA). However, if I was Star, especially UA and AC, I would resist strongly VS becoming the anchor tenant and allowing the Star requirements / experience to be subjugated to VS's parochial demands.



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User currently offlinejfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8090 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 10638 times:
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Quoting GCT64 (Reply 3):
Given that the new T2 (along with T5) are going to offer, by far, better pax experiences than T3 or T4 this makes a lot of sense from Virgin's viewpoint. It would also allow room for T3 to be re-developed to properly serve OW (primarily BA overflow and AA). However, if I was Star, especially UA and AC, I would resist strongly VS becoming the anchor tenant and allowing the Star requirements / experience to be subjugated to VS's parochial demands.

The logical alliance for Virgin Atlantic would be Star, if that happens then VS should be in T2.


User currently offlinesevenheavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1146 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 10460 times:

Quoting GCT64 (Reply 3):
However, if I was Star, especially UA and AC, I would resist strongly VS becoming the anchor tenant and allowing the Star requirements / experience to be subjugated to VS's parochial demands.

Lets assume VS stayed away from STAR, what are these "parochial" demands that VS are making that would impact the STAR experience so dearly?

Behind the scenes, this is nothing new. VS have always been involved/consulted in a potential move to T2. Ultimately they are a hub carrier. Why shouldn't they have access to new facilities. BA rightly had access to T5, and made a huge number of demands on the BAA, most of which were agreed to. In the interests of fairness surely another base carrier should be given similar access to new facilities as they become available?

All that said, there are a number of different plans behind the scenes that may or may not conspire together and make some interesting developments with regards to VS, STAR, domestic routes, etc. etc. Maybe there is a bigger plan. We shall see...



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User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3474 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 10448 times:

VS moving out of T3, thus allowing it to become exclusively BA/OW is the most logical answer to the challenges posed by the demise of BD. I thought however that VS would complain bitterly about the possibility of having to move.

User currently offlineSKAirbus From Norway, joined Oct 2007, 1618 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 10149 times:

I wonder if BA will keep an operation at T2 as T1 will close and T3 just does not have the capacity for increased BA ops, then again with all the Star ops moving to T2 I would guess that some gate space will open.

As we are so used to from VS now, I reckon it is just anothier MOL/Branson style hollow wolf-crying lie  



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User currently offlinetonystan From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1394 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 10018 times:

If VS move to T2 then it may free up enough space for BA to consolidate its T1/T3 services alongside its OW partners in T3 and give them an upgraded facility of they take over the VS check in area.


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User currently offlineirregking From Germany, joined Feb 2008, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7442 times:

Quoting SKAirbus (Reply 7):
As we are so used to from VS now, I reckon it is just anothier MOL/Branson style hollow wolf-crying lie  

They do cry a lot don't they?....... and that really makes me start to wonder; if the whole Aviation Business always shrugs MO'L and Branson off as cry-babies, when will these 2 have enough and step into the limelight with an explosion bigger than a Sydney New Year's eve firework?

I am not really invested in stories about Ryanair nor Virgin as I don't particularly care about these 2 airlines, but I have the feeling that they are putting their money on the "who's laughing NOW?" moment....



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User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7274 times:

Quoting sevenheavy (Reply 5):
Why shouldn't they have access to new facilities. BA rightly had access to T5, and made a huge number of demands on the BAA, most of which were agreed to. In the interests of fairness surely another base carrier should be given similar access to new facilities as they become available?

     

Fairness is not an option when discussing European carriers.

Chapter 11 and EK's relationship with DXB blew that baby out of the water years ago.



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User currently offlinegingersnap From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2010, 892 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6758 times:

Rightly so.

VS is a UK carrier, and they should have access to the best facilities at LHR. I don't believe BAA will bow to any pressure from STAR carriers assuming VS doesn't join, because if you're going to give in to demands from BA, then it's only right you give concessions to VS for a similar opportunity.
UK carriers should always come first and have access to the best facilities at all UK airports. Just as carriers in other countries should have access to the best facilities their respective airports offer.



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User currently offlinerobertlondon From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2012, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6655 times:

Don't SQ still have a major shareholding in VS ?

If VS do go down the alliance route it seems likely that STAR would be their first choice. Think that's a given !

In terms of benefit to all concerned surely this is a good thing ?


User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6224 times:

Hi!

It would quite a big move. Virgin doesn't just have a few ticket desks at T3. It has a big area all to itself with a big red Virgin logo in neon and stuff. I'm sure the new T2 will be much nicer though so they would like to move there. I wonder if the gates will be able to handle the widebodies of Virgin's fleet.

As for flying shorthaul I think there are too many carriers in that market already. British Airways, Easyjet, Ryanair and all the European airlines flying into London. I could be wrong though,

Many thanks.

P.


User currently offlinejfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8090 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6116 times:
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IF Virgin did move out of T3 then Terminal 3 would be a OW terminal. Since Skyteam moved to T4 in 2009 with non-aligned airlines. Terminal 2 has been designated the future Star Alliance terminal at LHR. THe BIG question is what would Emirates do with its 5 A380 flights daily ?

User currently offlineual777uk From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6081 times:

Quoting gingersnap (Reply 11):
I don't believe BAA will bow to any pressure from STAR carriers assuming VS doesn't join, because if you're going to give in to demands from BA, then it's only right you give concessions to VS for a similar opportunity

With the likes of UA, AC and LH to name but a few, there is a lot of airlines there that can assert quite a lot of pressure if they need to and I am sure BAA would not brush that aside. T2 was always going to be *A Terminal and now VS wants to gate crash the party. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.


User currently offlineGCT64 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 1323 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6049 times:

Quoting ual777uk (Reply 15):
T2 was always going to be *A Terminal and now VS wants to gate crash the party. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

That's exactly what I was alluding to earlier (although I inextricably omitted LH from my list of big, powerful, Star presences at LHR!). If VS does not join Star, it is not obvious that VS and LH/UA/AC (etc.) could both live side by side and simultaneously optimise their respective pax experiences (unless BAA somehow "split" the terminal into two virtual terninals - all purple and red and clubshousey at one end and black, grey, muted browns and understated germanic efficiency at the other). If I was a major Star airline I would be nervous about VS's "anchor tenant" comment.

Perversely, the outcome of a VS move to T2 to sit alongside (or as part of) Star is, in the long run, probably most beneficial to BA and OW as they will get to re-build T3 optimised to meet their needs (and will connect it seemlessly to T5) and they will definitely be the "anchor tenant" there.



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User currently offlinesevenheavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1146 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5842 times:

Quoting GCT64 (Reply 16):

This just isn't an argument for opposing a potential move for VS into T2. Wherever you go in the world the base carrier will be afforded varying degrees of favouritism when it comes to the facilities available to them. FRA, DFW, DXB, etc. etc.

Besides, the notion that it would split the terminal just doesn't hold any water. Being " all purple and red and clubhousey" is meaningless. For a start, no one except those that are supposed to be there would ever see the clubhouse, and the BAA have very strict regulations on how much an airline can "brand" it's property. Take T5, it's been tailored to BA but that doesn't mean they were able to fit it out like a giant marketing suite, or the inside of one of their aircraft.

IF, VS and Star were to coexist as independent operators in T2 it really wouldn't be the huge issue you imply. How many airlines coexist relatively happily (aside from the occasional inevitable marking of territory) in T3 now? Or in T4, or in MUC or HKG?

Its simply not a viable argument.



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User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3073 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 5411 times:

Emirates are non aligned and staying put in T3. The rules are not absolute, some non aligned carriers are not in T4. Like VS, Emirates have invested heavily in lounge infrastructure, and a four gate A380 pier would be empty with only QANTAS each day.

User currently offlinevirgincrew From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 419 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4952 times:

May be we will see one of these soon .....




Hello Beautiful !!!
User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4947 times:

Quoting virgincrew (Reply 19):
May be we will see one of these soon .....

Nice one...lol.....you crack me up !

Keep'em coming !!



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User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4927 times:

Quoting sevenheavy (Reply 17):
IF, VS and Star were to coexist as independent operators in T2 it really wouldn't be the huge issue you imply.

Absolutely.

I am of the mind that as consolidation increases VS will become more and more unique.

It's up to VS to make sure that it is unique in all the right ways.

VS will never be huge...so what....does it matter ?

No.

LHR is the jewel in VS's crown.

[Edited 2012-07-13 02:44:45]


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User currently offlineslinky09 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2009, 791 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4759 times:

Quoting robertlondon (Reply 12):
Don't SQ still have a major shareholding in VS ?

If VS do go down the alliance route it seems likely that STAR would be their first choice. Think that's a given !

But SQ is seeking to divest itself of that. Also, I wouldn't guarantee anything about VS joining an alliance, I hear that of the two options open there are powerful airlines who don't want VS in them, no idea who but it's all very political apparently. That said, VS branded airlines coming together will be a great thing and a decent codeshare / reciprocal benefits partner in the US is sorely needed now that CO as a partner has gone.

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 13):
It would quite a big move. Virgin doesn't just have a few ticket desks at T3. It has a big area all to itself with a big red Virgin logo in neon and stuff.

And DTCI and the world's best lounge, both of which VS has invested heavily in, so a lot of cost in any move but VS must see the benefit in it if it is true. T2 will alow for further expansion too, gates at T3 are very full.

Quoting GCT64 (Reply 16):
Perversely, the outcome of a VS move to T2 to sit alongside (or as part of) Star is, in the long run, probably most beneficial to BA and OW as they will get to re-build T3 optimised to meet their needs (and will connect it seemlessly to T5) and they will definitely be the "anchor tenant" there.

And that's no bad thing, if T5D happens and the rumoured shuttle train connection extension reaches T3, it will be good and pragmatic for BA to have T5 and a lot of T3 as well as its partners.

Quoting mikey72 (Reply 21):
I am of the mind that as consolidation increases VS will become more and more unique.
It's up to VS to make sure that it is unique in all the right ways.
VS will never be huge...so what....does it matter ?

Good gried Mikey, I agree with you!


User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4736 times:

Quoting slinky09 (Reply 22):
Good gried Mikey, I agree with you!

See, I'm not all bad.

I have decided to forgive SRB his 'eccentricities' as I do admire his 'chutzpah'

Anyway there is alot more to VS than SRB.



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User currently offlineual777uk From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4731 times:

Quoting mikey72 (Reply 21):
I am of the mind that as consolidation increases VS will become more and more unique

Or more and more squeezed and left on the side lines depending on how you want to look at it?


25 TeamInTheSky : As I am a pretty avid follower of SkyTeam, from remembering articles and other talking, it would seem that your statement would only apply to Star. M
26 mikey72 : Not really. Considering the appeal of VS to its niche market at an airport with the O&D LHR has to offer we have got to a point where the competi
27 virgincrew : I couldn't agree more - VS needs to remember what they set out to be and go back to that model of working - I really think they are finally heading i
28 mikey72 : Even if they did reach 'legacy carrier proportions' (whatever that is) and the market could support that considering everything else British carriers
29 Post contains images virgincrew :
30 Aisak : I think "designated" has a more flexible meaning than most of us here think. Terminal 4 was designated for Skyteam and non-aligned and I still fail t
31 tcxdegsy : I might be niave, but why? Surely there's argument about all carriers getting access to great facilities, to attract business to the Airport, therefo
32 sevenheavy : Firstly, it's not a case of VS "getting their toys back in their pram"! Normal, civilised negotiations regarding VS potentially moving to T2 have bee
33 gingersnap : Well in the case of VS, it would be completely unfair to deprive them of the best facilities outside of T5. LHR is their largest base, so they will r
34 Post contains images mikey72 : Whilst attempting to not take sides I think it was fairly obvious from the outset that the most sensible option given their size and presence at LHR
35 gingersnap : 100%
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