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User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1983 times:

I just got a text message on my phone from CNN saying that Virgin is looking into starting flight from Hong Kong to Sydney !!

This would be great for Australia and Hong Kong as we only have QF and CX on this route.

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User currently offlineQantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1866 times:

Interesting to hear such 'news' right now. Richard Branson is coming to Australia next week I think it is to launch some Virgin Store in Melbourne, so maybe he may mention something about it? Will have to wait and see  Big grin

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1834 times:

Do I see A380's flying London - Hong Kong - Sydney in the future ??

User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3173 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1819 times:

Richard Branson arrived on Saturday so he is already here.
Hong Kong Sydney would be a good move as this was one of Ansetts few international services so I think it should do well.




Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9160 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

The A 380? I guess not. They tried the B 747-400 but there wasn't enough demand. Now they are using the A 340-300 again

User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1969 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1777 times:

Is it faster to do LHR-SYD via HKG or via South East Asia? Or is the LHR-South East Asia-SYD route saturated?

User currently offlineVywh From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2002, 283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1771 times:

Wow..that's good.There'll be more choices if people want to travel to Australia.But is it confirmed yet?or just planning??

User currently offlineAndrewtang From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 461 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1756 times:

LHR-SIN-SYD will be faster. Using Code-Share with SIA.
But nevertheless, will be a good thing if VS deploy the A340-600 to SYD  Smile


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1754 times:

Hong Kong is on the fastest route between Uk and Australia / New Zealand. Its more direct then BKK/SIN.

User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1969 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1740 times:

Hkgspotter: I'm no too sure about absolute distances but as far as flying time goes:

Cathay Pacific:

SYD-HKG: 9h 20mins
HKG-LHR: 12h 50mins

Total flight time: 22h 10mins

Singapore Airlines:

SYD-SIN: 7h 50mins
SIN-LHR: 13h 30mins

Total flight time: 21h 20mins

Therefore, even though it takes 50 mins faster to go via SIN, with over 20 hours of flight time, I'd come to the conclusion that it takes rougly the same time to go via SIN or HKG.


User currently offlineB-HXB From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1711 times:

You also have to look at flight connection times.

User currently offline9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1692 times:

I guess it's quite the same flying through Hong Kong or Singapore. Also after Ansett Pulled out, there was a shortage of supply on the HKG - SYD route. Qantas has added flights (3 extras) between Hong Kong - Sydney.

That'd be great news obviously! Virgin Blue and Virgin...

Best Regards


User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1678 times:

Great circle distances:
LHR-HKG-SYD = 10574 miles
LHR-SIN-SYD = 10671 miles

'949


User currently offlineAduum From Australia, joined Sep 2000, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1651 times:

Just read that he is deciding weather or not Virgin Blue will meet Virgin in HKG, or weather Atlantic will go all the way.

User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13737 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1637 times:

I think that this is fantastic news! I'm sure Hong Kong would be very proud to welcome one of the best airlines in the world to Chep Lap Kok.

The increased competition is very good and shows an interest in Virgin Atlantic to broaden it's horizons after coming out from such a terrible year.

Good for Virgin Atlantic Airways!

RIP CA129  Sad



Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineVywh From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2002, 283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1595 times:

is it possible to operate direct flights from LHR to SYD?
Can A340-600 and A380 do this?


User currently offlineSkippy777 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2001, 815 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

I know that the also asked for landing rights in Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.

So I think that Virgin will go al the way.
They fly daily to Hong Kong, so I think they will go for 2 flights to Sydney, 2 to Melbourne, 2 to Perth and one to Adelaide.

Nice connections for Virgin Blue as well !!!!!!!!

I will try to get this confirmed with my contacts with Virgin Atlantic


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

The only reason SQ Boy likes VS is because they are part SQ !!.

For your info, VS fly to Hong Kong daily so who can Hong Kong Welcome ?.

Anyway I would have no problem flying VS down to OZ, the good thing is all carriers to OZ from Hong Kong are safe, CX, QF and VS. SQ could learn a thing or two from VS !


User currently offlineSkippy777 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2001, 815 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1592 times:

Full Story

Virgin Atlantic eyes Sydney-HK route -paper


Sunday April 14, 7:38 PM EDT

HONG KONG, April 15 (Reuters) - British airline Virgin Atlantic is studying the possibility of launching flights on the heavily travelled route between Hong Kong and Sydney, the South China Morning Post reported on Monday.

The newspaper quoted Virgin boss Richard Branson as saying services on the route could begin in a year.

Officials from Virgin Atlantic in Hong Kong were not immediately available for comment.

Branson also told the newspaper that Virgin Blue, his low-cost domestic airline in Australia, would almost certainly begin trans-Tasman services between Australia and New Zealand within a similar time frame.

The British entrepreneur was speaking in Hong Kong before heading to Australia at the weekend to discuss acquiring terminal leases and other operations from Ansett Airlines, the SCMP said.

He said there were opportunities for Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Blue to grab new markets before rival Qantas (QAN) did.

"Because of the demise of Ansett, we need to expand as quickly as possible to cope with domestic demand. I'm going to Australia to discuss new moves," he said.

The SCMP said the new Sydney-Hong Kong route would be part of an international expansion plan for Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Blue in Australasian markets.

Branson gave no further details on the plan, but said: "With the demise of Ansett's Hong Kong to Sydney service, there is a need for (another) Australian carrier to fly that route."

Australia's Qantas, British Airways (BAY) and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways (0293) currently provide services between Sydney and Hong Kong.




User currently offlineWunalaDreaming From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 196 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1582 times:

Can I smell Virgin Pacific. Another international airline for Australia?

He has the rights to:

as that willl direct you to the 'House of Virgin'.


User currently offlineWunalaDreaming From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 196 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1577 times:

Sorry, the link did not come out....

it's

http://www.virgin-pacific.com


User currently offline9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

SQ can't learn anything because they have no flights from Australia to Hong Kong directly! Just like every airline flying Singapore - Australia are safe, Qantas, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates are safe. Maybe then CX can learn something from the airlines!

Best Regards


User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1969 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1549 times:

9V-SPK:

Hkgspotter was trying to imply that SQ is not safe. I shall not elaborate any further.

Hkgspotter:

perhaps Singapore_Air irritates you but could you please keep it between the both of you? And not resort to running other airlines down? I'd appreciate that very much. Thanks!

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Regards.


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1553 times:

IRRITATES would be a big under statement !!

Yes, I understand. I am not running any carrier down, well other then SQ !!


User currently offlineLapper From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 1562 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

Hkgspotter1:
I thought that about VS at HKG, but reading it again, I realise he means welcoming DJ to HKG.


25 Post contains images Hkgspotter1 : Still the same carrier if you ask me !!
26 Skystar : I doubt DJ would fly to Hong Kong. Are there any examples of low cost carriers surviving on long haul routes? VS's product compliments VS's product ve
27 Cathay250 : Please fly to Melbourne, at least there is a hope that CX will lower their fare.
28 The Coachman : I actually thought SYD-BKK-LHR was the quickest in terms of flying time, definitely the quickest according to the QF timetable last time I checked.
29 Aduum : Just a question about Richard... what does he travel on to Australia? Does he have his own a/c or on a scheduled flight?
30 Englandair : Coachman- That might be a strong possability! VS have been interested in BKK for a long time...
31 9V-SPK : Docpepz - HaHa of course i know he means. So that's why i told him airlines flying Singapore - Sydney are safe, when he said that airlines flying Hong
32 Singapore_Air : First of all, my name is Singapore_Air and not SQ Boy. I think that is is quite prudent that Virgin Atlantic is to rely less heavily on the Atlantic m
33 Wirraway : Aduum wrote: "Just a question about Richard... what does he travel on to Australia? Richard arrived Saturday aboard CX101 from HK. Wirraway
34 Hkgspotter1 : He flew on CX, thats good, and a good sign for the new Hong Kong - Sydney flights. One question for Singapore_Air. How many times have you flown SQ ?.
35 Dynkrisolo : Skystar: The latest indication is that Branson is serious considering using DJ to fly SYD-HKG. DJ is now 50% owned by Australians, which means DJ can
36 Singapore_Air : HKGSpotter: An irrelevant question of which the answer that you provided on my behalf is false.
37 Wirraway : Regarding DJ flying to Hong Kong, an extract from this mornings "The Australian" : "It faced an additional hurdle on the Hong Kong route because Qanta
38 Marara : Doesnt an airline have to be 51% australian owned to fly internationally?
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