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Two Unusual VS Flights Into LHR Today

Mon May 24, 2004 4:39 pm

Two VS flights today (May 24) are arriving LHR from Lyon.

VS 9904 arr 1350
VS 9908 arr 1835

Both are arriving T2 rather than the usual T3.

Any insight? Charter or maintenance?


Edited: typo in topic name

[Edited 2004-05-24 09:40:50]
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RE: Two Unusual VS Flights Into LHR Today

Mon May 24, 2004 5:01 pm


I believe these are code share flights (with AF I think). VS has about 5 seats on each aircraft. They don't even actively try to sell these seats. I think it is being done for a year or so to protect some LHR slots that VS are not currently using for it's own services.


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RE: Two Unusual VS Flights Into LHR Today

Mon May 24, 2004 8:52 pm

They are indeed operated by AF, 3 flights per day each way, 5 seats per flight. They cannot be booked on a GDS, only on the internet, and no discounted fares available. Cheapest I managed to find for June was £324 return plus tax. Lyon is shown at the bottom of their drop down for destinations.
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RE: Two Unusual VS Flights Into LHR Today

Mon May 24, 2004 9:42 pm

So, which aircraft do they use?
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RE: Two Unusual VS Flights Into LHR Today

Mon May 24, 2004 11:28 pm

The slots have been purchased from flybe who operate LHR-LYS on behalf of AF using 146s AFAIK. I guess these services will be transferred to LGW when VS actually needs to use the slots in question, which is probably not until the winter when LHR-HKG-SYD flights begin (subject to EU approval of course).

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