cabinboy
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VS LHR-DXB

Wed Dec 21, 2005 9:09 pm

Can anybody advise me of the planned schedule for VS' new DXB service..when it starts and on what days it will operate etc..cheers!
 
B742
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RE: VS LHR-DXB

Wed Dec 21, 2005 9:24 pm

Flights to Dubai will begin on the 27th March.

Flights will start as 4 weekly, then going to 5 weekly on 1st of May, before going to Daily on the from 1st June 06  Smile

VS400
Depart:London Heathrow - Terminal 3 20:10
Arrive:Dubai - Terminal 1 06:20 +1
Aircraft: Airbus A340-300
Duration: 7h 10m
Operational Days: Daily

VS401
Depart:Dubai - Terminal 1 15:00
Arrive:London Heathrow - Terminal 3 19:30
Aircraft: Airbus A340-300
Duration: 7h 30m
Operational Days: Daily

Flights will begin with the 343, but are expected to upgrade to the 346's soon after!  Smile

There has also been talk of a Muscat or Doha extenstion to the Dubai service as the aircraft sits on the ground at DXB for a while  Smile

Rob!  wave 
 
cabinboy
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RE: VS LHR-DXB

Wed Dec 21, 2005 10:17 pm

Do you know what days it will operate on in March and April?
 
vsflyer747400
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RE: VS LHR-DXB

Wed Dec 21, 2005 10:23 pm

Quoting Cabinboy (Reply 2):
Do you know what days it will operate on in March and April?

1.3.56. LHR DXB 2010# 0620 VS 400 343
Being on: (in no order) VS BA AA EK CX MH DL EI BD KL HV NW RC LH AF DA TG QF US FR LX AC SK AZ PG SQ UA PA
 
BA380
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RE: VS LHR-DXB

Thu Dec 22, 2005 12:03 am

could they not send the a/c on to the maldives or the seychelles when it is idle (ok prob not with the currently planned layover time, but they could change it a bit) once or twice a week-- they have a very significant leisure business to the caribbean, partic via their virgin holidays sister, but obviously their holidays to the indian ocean are with someone else's metal. just a thought.
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rjpieces
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RE: VS LHR-DXB

Thu Dec 22, 2005 12:12 am

Why would they have such a long turnaround time?
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Flying Belgian
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RE: VS LHR-DXB

Thu Dec 22, 2005 12:15 am

3.00 pm is rather a strange schedule out of DXB towards Europe, isn't it ?

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VS747SPUR
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RE: VS LHR-DXB

Thu Dec 22, 2005 12:15 am

Quoting B742 (Reply 1):
Flights will begin with the 343, but are expected to upgrade to the 346's soon after!

Does anyone know when the route will be upgraded to the A346 ?

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jacobin777
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RE: VS LHR-DXB

Thu Dec 22, 2005 12:57 am

Quoting B742 (Reply 1):
Flights will begin with the 343, but are expected to upgrade to the 346's soon after!  Smile

I hope VS does well on this route... Smile

I think the problem is though that given the competition with EK and BA, VS will be flying a plane which is too big for that route (at least initially)..and that is the downside VS has. They basically have three large widebody planes with a fouth one coming...I think they would have been smart getting some A330's and let some of the routes develop, then switch to the larger birds...
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planesarecool
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RE: VS LHR-DXB

Thu Dec 22, 2005 1:26 am

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 8):
I think the problem is though that given the competition with EK and BA,

As well as Royal Brunei's B767's and Biman Bangladesh's DC-10's and A310's. With EK operated LON-DXB 8 times daily, BA twice daily, and Royal Brunei and Biman daily (?) i'm not sure theres going to be the room for a 13th daily flight. But i hope it does okay!  Smile
 
747uk
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RE: VS LHR-DXB

Thu Dec 22, 2005 3:08 am

Quoting VS747SPUR (Reply 7):
Does anyone know when the route will be upgraded to the A346 ?

VS747SPUR

There are no plans to Introduce a 346 on the route through the summer season, the only exception is the first two flights to DXB.
27/3/06 (A346)
29/3/06 (A346)
31/4/06 - 26/10/06 (A343) with a config of 34J/35W/171Y

I don't understand why the first two flights are operated by an A346 yet the rest of the year it is done with an A343. Maybe for taxi way tests? I doubt it considering DXB will have so many A380's flying in and out of there.

Come to think of it. The inaugural flight BOM was operated by a A346. Mr RB was on that flight. Maybe he likes the A346 much better than the A343! He likes the V-Port! so maybe their making an exception?
 
sevenheavy
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RE: VS LHR-DXB

Thu Dec 22, 2005 3:38 am

The inaugurals are usually operated on A346 (or B744). They always have mainly press and associated dignitaries onboard and so want to showcase the latest product. The inaugural party will return on the 29/30 Mar hence the use of the A346 on two dates.

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