Greg
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VirginUSA Fleet Type?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 4:36 am

There appears to be a lot of folks informed about this new carrier...I only see speculation.

At any rate, what type of fleet are they going to be operating?

I would hope Boeing, but not really opposed to Airbus either?

 
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RE: VirginUSA Fleet Type?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 4:55 am

Richard Branson said he'd favour Boeing if the US government changed the foreign ownership laws. They didnt, so i guess Airbus is in the running too.
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RE: VirginUSA Fleet Type?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 5:08 am

I know Virginblue downunder uses 737s and I expect Virgin USA to do the same.

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RE: VirginUSA Fleet Type?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 6:20 am

From what I know, SRB has only bought Airbuses for intercontinenal flying. All shorter flights are by various models of the 737. My guess is that he would prefer the same. Whether he buys new NG models or may start with used models is anyone's guess.
 
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RE: VirginUSA Fleet Type?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 7:32 am

Dont forget that virgin atlantic is awaiting EU approval to fly LHR-SYD, a promise of an airbus order couldn't harm this approval!!
 
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RE: VirginUSA Fleet Type?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 7:55 am


I am pretty sure they will order 737s, due to pressure by the US or to try to 'please'/'persuade' the US government. Does anybody know if they will go for one variant or more of the 737/32X?
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RE: VirginUSA Fleet Type?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 8:02 am

Well I think the one thing we all agree on is the SRB will follow the Jetblue/SWA model of using one aircraft type for his entire fleet. A question than interests me more is if VirginUSA ticketing/pricing will be seamless with Virgin Atlantic flights (i.e. Flights on VirginUSA from Podunk to JFK connecting to an int'l flight to LHR).
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RE: VirginUSA Fleet Type?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 8:05 am

Wilco, I do not think Jetblue can be considered a one fleet operator with their plans to go overseas and the order for the regional jets.....maybe we can just call them peopleexpress of the 21st century.
 
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RE: VirginUSA Fleet Type?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 8:08 am

If they want to be truly American, they are going to have to order Boeing. It would not only please the US Government, but many of the seasoned American travelers who prefer Boeing. This would work better as there probaly won't be any VirginAtl transfers.
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RE: VirginUSA Fleet Type?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 8:13 am

neednewairport..... um yeah... what I meant to say was.... ummmm, use Jetblue's INITIAL model. yeah.... thats what I meant.  Big grin
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RE: VirginUSA Fleet Type?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 8:42 am

I agree with the people express of the 21st century comment. They could be expanding a little too fast. And the low fare int'l thing...I don't think that has ever really worked has it? They still don't have any senior employees that are bringing down any really extreme scratch either. I don't know, but it seems like their tough times may be ahead. Their expenses are so low because evertything is new and warrentied and all that. I'm sick of typing.
 
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RE: VirginUSA Fleet Type?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 9:07 am

Hopefully, some shiny new 73G's with winglets  Smile



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RE: VirginUSA Fleet Type?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:14 am

Truly american? Have to be with Boeing's?

Whatever...

Jetblue, does really, they are very american, and they fly airbus'. NW, UA, Frontier, and other fly airbus'. They are still very american.

That being said though, with Virgin's typical red on their aircrafts, I think the B738 with winglets would be a nice choice. But I guess it is who gives the better deal, as is the case with many airlines. It is a business they are running not, a show and tell charity.
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RE: VirginUSA Fleet Type?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:16 am

I hope they go for the 737's but I bet they will go for A320's just to make a point. The US government just cost Boeing billions cause they would not change a rule
 
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RE: VirginUSA Fleet Type?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:30 am

If they were smart, they should buy a few A320's with the same engines as US Airways. That way if US does start selling assets in the future, VirginUSA could get a good deal on some pretty new airbus cheaply and expand quicker.
 
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RE: VirginUSA Fleet Type?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:33 am

You mean WHEN US Airways starts selling its Assets. Ryefly you made a good point