Well to be accurate, the latest should really read "Virgin couldn't keep Concorde up if they tried"
So based on a lie, as Airbus and AF
pulled the plug and took them with us.
As for the other, well it is a sly attempt to insinuate that BA
777's are less safe than VS
A340-600 (an aircraft I happen to really like).
Of course he dare not come out and say it plainly, if the Sonic Cruiser had been built and VS
had got some, would that slogan have disappeared.
I remember a couple of years after VS
started, then with a couple of 747-100/200s that had several owners each.
were based at LGW
were contracted to do some checks on these 747s.
Maybe our standards were too high, maybe we were too used to our own 747s mostly with one careful owner (us), although then we did plenty of 3rd party work.
Anyway, these 747s were heaps of shit, they needed a good going over, so not surprisingly they came out late, we had found so much more work that needed attention as we got into the job.
got much better aircraft afterwards.
Now, it would be usual for maybe some penalty payments to be made, even allowing for the condition of the aircraft coming to light during the check.
But Branson made a hell of a noise, claimed it was all part of a BA
plot to do him down, etc.
What were we supposed to do? Not do the job properly? Think what he would have made of that!
So after that, no work with VS
, we are in the business of providing good, safe aircraft, not being a pawn in a PR
Although in 1997 or 98, a VS
A340 needed work after an incident, we provided a hangar and support for the VS
guys, we've no problem with them, hell, a lot of them used to work for us!
Today of course, VS
has a modern fleet of owned from new aircraft, and a much bigger Engineering operation.
But guess who Boeing says are the world's leading 747 operator for dispatch reliability?