LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1625 times:
No matter how much hatred there is in his book airlines that operated from the same airport on the same routes cannot afford to be bitchy on a personal level. So I am not surprised that RB has flown Concorde. No crew would treat him badly. Firstly because it is unprofessional, secondly because nobody is that dumb, and third because they might need a job someday.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13475 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1610 times:
With BA's new res system, I can no longer look up pax lists, just the numbers carried.
But in the past, yes, the beard has flown on BA Concorde quite often in the recent past.
I understand, but cannot confirm, on an ID ticket!
He'll be treated like any other pax, maybe even better, you know how he loves to create publicity, and if he thought he could get away with claiming poor treatment, create a fuss in general, maybe he would.
(Before I get flamed, if he can imply like last year that VS are safer because they don't use twins on the N.Atlantic, then who knows what else he'd do).
But he hasn't. He'd be using Concorde to save time, so like most pax he'd be working or just enjoying the experience.
So the answer is I don't know if he has since the relaunch, if I recall the last time I know he was on a flight for certain was about two and a half years ago.
You may remember back in 1998 he made a lot of noise about VS leasing an AF Concorde for N.Atlantic flights, it was never a goer, AF would make him pay through the nose, the interior would need the Virgin touch and AF didn't really have an aircraft to spare, post accident they certainly don't now.
He even had the cheek to be interviewed with a model Concorde in VS livery on his desk, dream on Richard, that's the nearest you'll ever get to having one.
QatarAirways From Qatar, joined Sep 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1574 times:
I wouldn't be surprised if he flew on Concorde, and I would think that if he ever did he would be treated the same or even better than other passengers.
I was reading the book No Frills: The Truth Behind the Low Cost Revolution and read that on Go's Innaugral flight out of stansted Stelious Haji-Iannous and a few other of EasyJet's staff booked 10 tickets on the flight. They arrived at the gate wearing Orange Boiler suites and were personally greeted by Barabara Cassani. At the end this created a lot of publicity for GO and EasyJet, so both sides win!
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4049 posts, RR: 52
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1498 times:
Yes he does use it/has used it, but will fly on VS wherever possible (obviously), so I'm sure he just used it for a quick business meeting or something.
Stelios also uses Virgin quite often for trips to the US, don't know if he uses the dream machine tho'.
"He even had the cheek to be interviewed with a model Concorde in VS livery on his desk, dream on Richard, that's the nearest you'll ever get to having one."
I'm sure that is only because they don't make them anymore or that there are so few of them that has stopped VS. If they were still producing them, or there were more of them around then I'm pretty certain they would feature in the VS fleet.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"