nudelhirsch
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VS Service Into ORD

Sun Dec 28, 2003 2:34 am

Arright, I read some time ago, that this service was cancelled time ago.

Is it likely to be picked up again? Like a LHR-ORD or some other London-ORD service?
I sure would like to fly PE with Virgin, or maybe one day UpperClass..., but they are not serving this route, sadly...

so is there a chance? I think ORD is a pretty interesting destination for many airlines, I would commute LH (mileage...) to London and then hop on VS, but changing in London and BOS or JFK or EWR...getting expensive...I rather fly biz on BA or Swiss with only one change...

Other thing: why are biz-fares so freaking different??? LH wants almost twice as much of a load of cash I would be carrying to Swiss for a biz flight into ORD (departing FRA or STR...)...I don't get the point...

thx for helping, please reduce bashing to a minimum, it might be o totally discussed topic, but I screened the archive and then decided on a new one  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Maybe some of our VS insiders can help me out with info. Or talk to Your bosses how important a STR-ORD service would be for VS's development  Laugh out loud
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airchabum
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Joined: Sat Oct 20, 2001 8:21 am

RE: VS Service Into ORD

Sun Dec 28, 2003 8:04 am

Hi Nudelhirsch

I work for VS but don't know of any current plans to reinstate service to ORD. Finances are too tight at the moment to go launching new services, the exception being London-Sydney which it is hoped will begin in Summer 04. When expansion does start again I imagine ORD will be high on the list of 'new' destinations.

Cheers
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ContinentalEWR
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RE: VS Service Into ORD

Sun Dec 28, 2003 8:10 am

The Virgin ORD-LHR service did not do too well and was withdrawn in 2001 shortly after the September 11 terror attacks. Virgin was operating a single daily nonstop A340-300 service competing with twice daily BA flights, four daily flights on AA, and three to four on UA. The Virgin flight as I recall it also had a later evening departure, making it less competitive than what was offered by BA, AA, and UA.

One other Virgin route that did not survive was the short-lived Toronto to Heathrow route.

ContinentalEWR
 
TWAL1011
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RE: VS Service Into ORD

Sun Dec 28, 2003 12:53 pm

The Virgin ticket counter only recently lost its signage after two years. VS still leases its ticket office space at ORD and it remains vacant and locked up. This space is at a premium and VS is still paying the rent. I imagine they would hope to return to the market at some point. Next summer AA will operate ORD-LHR with 5 daily 777 flights, BA & UA will operate ORD-LHR with 3 daily 777 flights each. AI also operates ORD-LHR 3X weekly with a B747-400. I think the BA/UA/AA 11 daily 777 flights with morning departure on AA and late departures on all 3 are too much competition for one single daily VS service.

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