I don't think there is anything that would prevent Virgin USA from having a bank of departures at 2:30 pm, if VS
had a 1:00 pm arrival from LHR
. By the same token, if it takes 3 hours to turn around the VS
plane for a 4:00 departure, Virgin USA can have a bank schedule to arrive around 3:00.
If Virgin USA makes PHL
its hub and VS
introduces service to LHR
, what's to keep WN
from scheduling some flights for the purposes of attracting connecting passengers. If you watch "Airline", you know that a lot of WN
passengers connect at LAX
for Asian flights. Remember the manager that had to track down the passengers from PHX
who were connecting for Taipei?
I heard Sir Richard say in an interview on CNBC several years ago that VS
and Virgin Express didn't have a coordinated schedule at LHR
, because of the different service levels. He believed that passengers flying VS
would not want to connect with an no-frills carrier.
Apparently, enough VS
regulars voiced support for coordinated schedules that he was going to explore the revenue potential versus the cost of reshuffling the schedules. Whether this came to any fruition, I don't know.
So, it would be interesting to see if the Virgin USA hub gets a VS
non-stop to LHR