Aside from redundancy issues (and the laws of nature haven´t stopped working, yet) it merely states that Virgin uses quads for long haul routes
You're (not surprisingly) failing to grasp the point of the statement: Branson, during the Farnborough Airshow, attempted to lull his audience into believing that VS
would never operate a twinjet on longhaul flights... when in fact VS
has, and obviously (made apparent due to its enthusiasm for the proposed S.C.) would do so again.
It might sound silly - at least until the first time an ETOPS twin has to ditch when its second engine decides to quit as well
....or how about when a trijet fries to a crisp 15 minutes away from land due to faulty wiring and inadequate [if any] fire suppression? Quite sad really, and a far cry from 90-207minutes.... dont you think?
No wonder that the FAA is considering placing ETOPS specifications on all aircraft!
You mean Branson´s famous quote "...I intend to order three"?
Nah, I was thinking more along the lines of his quote "if they can really do what they say they can, we'll be the first to order.... it will totally alter how we view the market!
Interesting to note that this statement was duplicated almost verbatim by Gordon Bethune and Donald Carty as well.... but you heard it forst from Virgin and good ol' DICKIE BRANSON