TimeForFlight From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 267 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1940 times:
It seems as if Richard Branson has taken steps to ensure his success in both international and domestic markets - just note the successes of Virgin Atlantic, Express, and Blue.
It seems to me as if Branson is continuing with his world capitalization by expanding his airlines into domestic markets and then making the attempt to create international services off a once simple operation. This seems oddly familiar to the once great Pan Am... True, Pan Am operated under 1 name and was a bit different, but could vrigin be the next pan am?
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1852 times:
PanAm was the product of a regulated market. Once its patronage of regulations disappeared, so did PanAm. Virgin's expansion plans have nothing to do with the PanAm model.
As far as bringing back flying to what it once was on PanAm, Virgin could do that if it started flying ageing 747-100s on loss-making routes. Now, if you are referring to the so-called golden age of travel aboard the China Clippers across the Pacific or on Stratocruisers, well that is all quite charming, but remember that those nostalgia inspiring flights were only meant for the toney pish-posh crowd, and took forever. Actually, when Virgin first debuted it did bring some long absent glamor back to flying across the Atlantic. The mid 80s were a rather dour time for transatlantic UK bound flights. TWA, PanAm, and BA at the time offered rather dour, ghastly service.