TransIsland
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Virgin Atlantic Service To Nassau...?

Mon Jun 27, 2005 9:44 pm

Virgin is expected to start service from LHR to NAS (that's Nassau, Bahamas / MYNN, even if a.net tells me it's something else...) on Tuesday, using a 744.

Their big condition was that NAS repaves runway 14/32. As of yesterday evening, this job has not been completed, and knowing us Bahamians, I'd be surprised if they get it done by tomorrow.

Now my question is: Has anyone heard what Virgin is going to do? As far as I know, runways 9/27 is long enough for a 744 to land, but not long enough for a 744 to take off with a full load and enough fuel to make it back to England.

We've had a few AF and LH 744s in lately, but they were diversions from (guessing) MIA, so they only needed to fly a very short leg to Florida after taking off from NAS.

The only other scheduled widebody service we get is a BA 763, which obviously has no difficulties with the shorter runway. There is also the occasional Saudi Royal L1011 of 747SP, but I guess they probably don't carry quite as much cargo? Also, I couldn't swear that I've seen one since work on runway 14/32 started.

So, anybody has any inside information on whether I shoudl head out to the airport tomorrow or whether I'd be waiting in vain?

Anybody willing to place bets on whether or not Virgin will start the service anyway, even if it means a refueling stop on the way home?
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flypdx
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Service To Nassau...?

Tue Jun 28, 2005 12:46 am

Quoting TransIsland (Thread starter):
Anybody willing to place bets on whether or not Virgin will start the service anyway, even if it means a refueling stop on the way home?

I think that you would be correct..
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Service To Nassau...?

Tue Jun 28, 2005 12:47 am

Also,
Do international flights use a different terminal than the US bound flights? I have only been in the US terminal.
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Service To Nassau...?

Tue Jun 28, 2005 1:08 am

Quoting Flypdx (Reply 2):
Do international flights use a different terminal than the US bound flights? I have only been in the US terminal.

While I have to point out that U.S. flights are, of course, international flights, your suspicion is correct. There is another "terminal" for flights to Canada, the U.K., Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the Turks & Caicos and Caymans. (I think that's all the international destinations we have right now). It's a sorry excuse for an airport really. The U.S. terminal, far from perfect, is much nicer (less awful?).

The scheduled domestic flights have the third section of the airport. I don't remember the last time I went on a scheduled domestic flight though, and charter flights (air taxi) are a whole different story...
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Service To Nassau...?

Tue Jun 28, 2005 1:19 am

I have to give the Airport credit though, the US terminal wasn't that bad. It was clean, had food, had seats, and you could sort of hear the announcements for boarding..AND you didn't have to walk too far...But the signs for Wifi lied as it didn't work! But the terminal wasn't that bad. We were delayed for 2+ hours, and it wasn't a horrible experience.
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Service To Nassau...?

Tue Jun 28, 2005 1:50 am

Quoting Flypdx (Reply 4):
But the signs for Wifi lied as it didn't work!

It works for me. Maybe it was down temporarily, happens a lot in this country...

I know the terminal isn't bad, but it's always a tad messy, the building - considering it's age - is not in very good condition, etc. What really annoys me is that they made the last small retreat a non-smoking area, too. Not that I insist on smoking around everybody, everywhere, but having a small area where you can smoke is essential at an airport notorious for delays.

Quoting Flypdx (Reply 4):
you could sort of hear the announcements for boarding

Hear, yes. Understand? I can't.

Anyways, I'd really love to know what'll happen with the Virgin flight. Not that going out to the airport would ever be a true waste of time, but it's not exactly around the corner, and we get a fair bit of rain atm...
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