IntheKnow
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VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Wed Oct 22, 2003 1:41 am

At long last! The sky just got a whole lot more comfortable for business (or first!) class passengers!

VS003 LHR-JFK G-VTOP departing 1300 GMT (1400 Local)

"Sometimes long haul just isn't long enough!!!!!!!"

ITK

ps I'm on the second flight tomorrow, better read up on the new service to go with the suite!!!!!
 
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Wed Oct 22, 2003 1:48 am

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

have a good flight, Intheknow

cheers
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planesarecool
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Wed Oct 22, 2003 3:15 am

That's awesome. Intheknow do you know what aircraft is going in next to be fitted?

Also is that slogan you said: "Sometimes long haul just isn't long enough!!!!!!!" is that going to be on the back of G-VTOP???

Thanks
-Stephen
 
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Wed Oct 22, 2003 3:26 am

VS and Sir Richard's antics are not to my liking. It's BA for me, all the way, when I am heading to, or through LHR. Connections!
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Wed Oct 22, 2003 3:31 am

The next aircraft to be fitted with the Upper Class Suite is G-VROC "Mustang Sally". This brand new 747-400 is due to enter service in mid November.

I'm very jealous of you "In The Know". I was supposed to operate the first UCS flight from JFK last Saturday but the launch was postponed!
 
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Wed Oct 22, 2003 3:34 am

Sir Richard's antics are not to my liking.

Everything about SRB makes me want to buy Virgin everything.

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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Wed Oct 22, 2003 3:34 am

I'm sorry, what is Upper Class? Is this a new class kind of service deal?
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Wed Oct 22, 2003 4:03 am

"Upper Class" is the name Virgin Atlantic gives to its Business Class service.
 
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Wed Oct 22, 2003 4:29 am

RE: Branson's antics...

Just because someone grows their beard long and winks their eye for the camera does not hide the fact that above all else they are still a capitalist and in it to make $$$...
 
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Richard28
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Wed Oct 22, 2003 5:31 am

This is fantastic news. looking forward to the roll out on the fleet, I'll be giving this a go early next year.

remember, not all business class is the same, and irrespective of your views on Branson, it sure looks like an excellent product.



Rich.
 
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Wed Oct 22, 2003 6:12 am

my heart does go out to the elite few who will be privileged enough to enjoy such a service...
 
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Wed Oct 22, 2003 7:19 am

I hope it's pretty special since it took 5 months to fit in Dublin.

Has VROC arrived in DUB yet?

[Edited 2003-10-22 00:21:12]
 
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Wed Oct 22, 2003 7:32 am

"Has VROC arrived in DUB yet?"

Word on the street has it that GVROC is ready to go to DUB, but could not until GVTOP had finally left, no space in the hanger !!.

FLS DUB must be rubbing their hands together in anticipation of how long they will have GVROC for - I'll be very very suprised if it's ready for mid November !!.

I also heard that even though GVTOP has been in DUB for 5..yes 5 months, they didn't even fit the new economy/premium seats or the new ife !!! - just what the hell have they been doing for 5 months ?.

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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Wed Oct 22, 2003 7:37 am

I'm putting a loan on my car and my folk's house to fly this class, anybody interested?

A little different:
When will every carrier start to launch a class between economy and biz? UAL did so, Virgin since long ago...the Virgin prices are actually pretty much OK - and they still have these old-fashioned bars on their 340s...awesome! Someday I will be flying Virgin!

They were as far as I remember one of the first carriers to see the advantages of sponsoring films - Virgin is "the official carrier" of friends...
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Wed Oct 22, 2003 10:56 am

BTW I know it is a little off topic, but what happened to the Lady at the nose of G-VHOT???

Thanks for any clarification.
KA.
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Wed Oct 22, 2003 11:39 am

NCLusa, is BA doing their flights for charity? Airlines are running a business, it is not a gift from them to us. SO of course SRB is out to make money. That doesnt make his company any less pleasant.

Intheknow, put it a good word for us. We want some nice aircrafts out of Gatwick. WE were thrilled with out inaugural fllight G-VBIG. Hope you enjoy your flight across the pond in the new configuration. Hope to see you down here sometime...
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Thu Oct 23, 2003 3:31 am

Ka:

G-VHOT was the plane that did the relief flight to Basra, Iraq.

I understand that the lady on the nose was changed to the Union jack image so as not to offend Muslims on flying into a Muslim country, where female flesh is of course normally covered.

Rich.
 
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Thu Oct 23, 2003 4:12 am

Richard28,

thanks for the info.

KA.
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Thu Oct 23, 2003 5:17 am

Captaink

The LGW 744s are going to be the last to be fitted with the new suites, however this wont be long as the whole fleet is supposed to be finished within a year. The A343s are now not being fitted out as they will leave the fleet so I guess that brings the LGW 744s conversion a bit closer than we all thought!!!............I hope!

See you soon

ITK
 
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Thu Oct 23, 2003 5:25 am

*****UPDATE*****

The flight today (22nd) went with regular J seats due to a tech fault on G-VTOP. So tomorrow (23rd) is the first flight of the Suite. My flight VS003!!!!! Quite an honour to be on the inaugural service! And a bit scary if I'm honest, hope it all works ok!

Am taking my Digi Camera for some anoraky pictures and would love to share them with you. How do I upload photos?

Cheers, back on Saturday morning so will have pictures asap after a little sleep!

Jetstreamer, we MUST know each other?

ITK
 
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Thu Oct 23, 2003 7:46 am

Looks like G-VROC just departed Seattle, enroute to Dublin.

Airline Virgin Atlantic Airways
Flight Number 810P
Departure City (Airport) Everett, WA (PAE)
Departure Time 10/22/2003 03:36 PM
Arrival City (Airport) Dublin, Ireland (EIDW)
Arrival Time 10/23/2003 07:55 AM
Remaining Flight Time 08:14
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Fri Oct 24, 2003 9:30 am

It didn't go on the 23rd, and won't be going on 24th either. Been sat at the LHR hanger since it arrived. Every time an a/c come back from FLS it has more probs than it went with !!
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Sat Oct 25, 2003 2:43 am

Intheknow,

I'm sure we must know each other as well.....

It's a shame the launch keeps being postponed. I can't wait to fly on
G-VTOP and see the passengers reaction to the Upper Class Suite.
 
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Sat Oct 25, 2003 2:47 am

On the Concorde program (well i guess, i missed it, but it was on the news) it showed Sir Richard Branson doing a bit of cheeky advertising. He was standing talking with the fabulous new seats of upper class in the background. It must be still at the hangers

-Stephen
 
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Sat Oct 25, 2003 2:56 am

It will be incredible!

This week alone... First Emirates and their A340-500 cabins, Now VS!

What are the U.S. airlines going to do???

Even First Class on AA/UA that compete from

JFK-LHR
LAX-LHR

are nothing even close to the Virgin Atlantic product!

I guess this will leave CO, NW, DL, and US in the breeze!


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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Sat Oct 25, 2003 4:30 am

Dont forget BA Club class which is also excellent - albeit about to be gazumped by the VS product:

 
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Sat Oct 25, 2003 3:44 pm

VS003 on Wednesday was G-VFAB and on Thursday was G-VLIP. Did it fly yesterday? Or will it today? Tomorrow? 30 years time maybe? Big grin

-Stephen
 
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RE: VS Upper Class Suite Flies Tomorrow (22nd)!

Sat Oct 25, 2003 5:44 pm

It's going to have another go on VS3 today (25th)! Big grin

G-VTOP is currently planned to operate VS3/4 LHR-JFK-LHR for the next couple of weeks.
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