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Is Virgin The New PAN Am

Tue May 07, 2002 10:59 am

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?

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RE: Is Virgin The New PAN Am

Tue May 07, 2002 11:48 am

Sounds like a great Idea. Not sure but would be nice to see Virgin bring back flying to what it once was, If that is at all possible.

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RE: Is Virgin The New PAN Am

Tue May 07, 2002 12:23 pm

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.
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