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?