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Which EI A320s For VS Service?  
User currently offlinesk736 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 538 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4926 times:
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Any news yet on which of EI's A320s will be assigned to the VS contract?

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User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4225 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4859 times:

Quoting sk736 (Thread starter):
Any news yet on which of EI's A320s will be assigned to the VS contract?

2 of them will be "new" aircraft to the EI fleet - I believe they will be ex Meridiana aircraft?

The other two will come from the existing EI fleet, I think they are from the EI-DE_ series, but not entirely sure.



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User currently offlineEICVD From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2188 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4763 times:

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 1):
2 of them will be "new" aircraft to the EI fleet - I believe they will be ex Meridiana aircraft?

Correct, I-EEZF & I-EEZG, to be re-registered as EI-EZV & EI-EZW.


User currently offlinebx737 From Ireland, joined Sep 2001, 687 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4678 times:

I believe the other two are EI-DEI and EI-DEO. There are two more A319s to join the fleet, possibly to replace these two. I believe also that the VS aircraft will keep the 174 capacity

User currently offlinelmml 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4662 times:

Quoting bx737 (Reply 3):
There are two more A319s to join the fleet,

Possibly one of these will be Air Malta's 9H-AEJ.


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4659 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4287 times:

Quoting bx737 (Reply 3):
I believe the other two are EI-DEI and EI-DEO. There are two more A319s to join the fleet, possibly to replace these two. I believe also that the VS aircraft will keep the 174 capacity

Yes, the two A319s are replacing these two A320s.

The four A320s operated for Virgin will be in Virgin Atlantic livery as well, according to the annual results update released on Wednesday.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlinevfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 4060 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4178 times:

I am surprised that Virgin Atlantic has not been more aggressive to establish the routes through sales campaigns. They are selling the tickets for a quid or so below BA's typical fare, so nothing to get people excited or at least make them aware of the new kid in town.

User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1913 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3969 times:
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Quoting bx737 (Reply 3):
There are two more A319s to join the fleet, possibly to replace these two.

Yep. EI shorthaul fleet numbers will remain the same. 2 A319 to replace the 2 A320 going to the VS operation. 2012 prelim results Q&A element predicted shorthaul fleet growth of 1-2 units per year for the foreseeable future.


User currently offlinerobbb From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3820 times:

174 seats? That's got be tight! I think BA's are snug at 162 seats.

User currently offlinegingersnap From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2010, 898 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3792 times:

Quoting robbb (Reply 8):

To be fair, I'm 6ft2 and I've never had an issue on U2 who pack 180 into their 320s.



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User currently offlinetonystan From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1447 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

Quoting robbb (Reply 8):

To be honest I travel on both EI and BA aircraft all the time, they have the exact same seats and you would never notice the difference only the EI ones don't change for Club!



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User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6372 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3530 times:

Quoting vfw614 (Reply 6):

I am surprised that Virgin Atlantic has not been more aggressive to establish the routes through sales campaigns. They are selling the tickets for a quid or so below BA's typical fare, so nothing to get people excited or at least make them aware of the new kid in town.

I haven't seen any advertising in the London area for the routes, usually the local free newspapers which circulate around the transport network are full of airline adverts as are the walls of tube stations and while VS is certainly filling pages with images of glamours cabin crew and claims of being no ordinary airline, there's been nothing for the domestic operations yet.


User currently offlinerobbb From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3227 times:

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 11):
while VS is certainly filling pages with images of glamours cabin crew and claims of being no ordinary airline

That's funny, I was only looking at a VS ad this morning for "no ordinary premium economy" which went on to describe every premium economy I've ever tried.


User currently offlinesk736 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2683 times:
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When is the first EI A320 due to be painted in VS livery?

User currently offlinetimboflier215 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1344 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2591 times:

Quoting vfw614 (Reply 6):
They are selling the tickets for a quid or so below BA's typical fare

Nice to see them following VS' tried and tested business plan. Underdog? Sticking up for the consumer? More competition? All BS.


User currently offlinevfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 4060 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2249 times:

Well, they must get bums on the seats to make it work. The only explanation for keeping the whole operation that low key would be that most of the pax on the domestic flights will be connecting long-haul pax they have bagged anyway and the local traffic is just an added bonus which is not worth dedicated marekting. Has there been any information on the expected ratio of connecting / local passengers for the new services?

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