sevenheavy
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Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sat Dec 16, 2006 12:47 am

Virgin Atlantic have announced they will operate daily LHR-NBO services from 1 June 2007.

They will be operated by an A343 in a J34W35Y171 configuration.

Flights leave LHR at 19:15, arriving in NBO at 06:05 the next morning. The return flight leaves NBO at 08:20 and arrives at LHR at 14:55.

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1stfl94
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sat Dec 16, 2006 12:57 am

Good news for Virgin, though has there been any official confirmation from Beardy??
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sat Dec 16, 2006 1:33 am

Good news for sure. This rumor has been running for a while now.
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sat Dec 16, 2006 2:19 am

Quoting Sevenheavy (Thread starter):
Virgin Atlantic have announced they will operate daily LHR-NBO services from 1 June 2

Good!!! Hopefully the increase in competition between Virgin, BA and Kenya Airways will lead to stable or lower prices just like at LOS where the competition between BA, Virgin, Virgin Nigeria, Afriquiyah and Bellview ensure reasonable prices to London. BA has a slight edge in terms of quality of service and the four class configuration..
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sat Dec 16, 2006 3:07 am

with chicago and Nairobi starting, where are these spare A343's coming from?
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sat Dec 16, 2006 3:20 am

Quoting Flybhx764 (Reply 4):
with chicago and Nairobi starting, where are these spare A343's coming from?

Well VS are receiving a brand new Airbus 346 every month, so I reckon they just swop the aircraft round on the routes where either the A343 or A346 is most needed.
 
planesarecool
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sat Dec 16, 2006 3:39 am

Good news indeed. Washington is also going double daily next summer, with an extra evening flight, using A340-300's.
 
dkny
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sat Dec 16, 2006 4:48 pm

What is the frequency of the flights daily?
 
planesarecool
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sat Dec 16, 2006 5:09 pm

Quoting 8herveg (Reply 5):
Well VS are receiving a brand new Airbus 346 every month

Nope, they're receiving one this month, and one in February, but then none until July.
 
HB-IWC
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sat Dec 16, 2006 5:55 pm

Where do the extra Heathrow slots used to operate these new services to ORD and NBO from? Is VS still leasing slots from other airlines or have they actually acquired new slots?
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sat Dec 16, 2006 6:59 pm

Quoting Sevenheavy (Thread starter):
Virgin Atlantic have announced they will operate daily LHR-NBO services from 1 June 2007

Excellent, I think VS will really give BA/KQ a run for their money, particularly on the IFE front, something not yet seen in Kenya (AVOD)
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sat Dec 16, 2006 7:56 pm

Quoting FCAFLYBOY (Reply 10):

Excellent, I think VS will really give BA/KQ a run for their money, particularly on the IFE front, something not yet seen in Kenya (AVOD)

Except that currently the A343 scheduled for this route does not have AVOD.

It's only the A346's and the LHR based 744's that currently have AVOD.
 
AwysBSB
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sun Dec 17, 2006 2:21 am

Could VS launch services to ADD too?
I think ET would be the region's best air partner for VS.
 
kq787
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sun Dec 17, 2006 7:13 am

I am thrilled that VS is coming to NBO, although I am surpised that it is an evening flight.
Would it be much more convenient to offer a morning flight to enable early morning connections and then fly out of NBO in the evening to enable morning connections at LHR?
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sun Dec 17, 2006 7:16 am

Just as a note for comparison, how many flights a day does KQ have on the route?
AC/AA/UA/DL/B6/WN/US*/CO*/FI/BA/IB/AF/SK/LX/Sabena*/TK/LY/SA/MN/SW/AM/CE*/CX/CA/MU/JL/SQ/TG/MH/KA/5J
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sun Dec 17, 2006 7:22 am

Quoting CXA330300 (Reply 14):
Just as a note for comparison, how many flights a day does KQ have on the route?

These are the LHR-NBO flights in April 07:

British Airways - Daily B744, 3x Weekly B763
Kenya Airways - 9x Weekly B772*

*1x weekly flight is operated via MBA on the return (Sa)

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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sun Dec 17, 2006 11:57 am

Quoting Kq787 (Reply 13):
I am thrilled that VS is coming to NBO, although I am surpised that it is an evening flight.
Would it be much more convenient to offer a morning flight to enable early morning connections and then fly out of NBO in the evening to enable morning connections at LHR?

Slot availability at LHR as well as scheduling issues might very well preclude VS from setting up such a schedule. While scheduling new flights at Heathrow, one can by no means be picky...
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sun Dec 17, 2006 10:03 pm

Quoting FCAFLYBOY (Reply 10):
Excellent, I think VS will really give BA/KQ a run for their money, particularly on the IFE front, something not yet seen in Kenya (AVOD)

I thought KQ's 777s had AVOD???
 
ZRH
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sun Dec 17, 2006 10:11 pm

An NBO question: which other European airlines fly to NBO besides LX and VS?
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Sun Dec 17, 2006 10:37 pm

Quoting ZRH (Reply 18):
An NBO question: which other European airlines fly to NBO besides LX and VS?

KL, BA and SN
 
TinkerBelle
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Mon Dec 18, 2006 6:13 am

Quoting AwysBSB (Reply 12):
I think ET would be the region's best air partner for VS

I disagree with you on that one. KQ has come a long way and their service (not to mention the 772's) is awesome.
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AF022
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Mon Dec 18, 2006 12:00 pm

Agree. ET has a way to go in service levels. Their 757s from LHR are pretty bad.
 
AwysBSB
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Wed Dec 20, 2006 12:16 pm

Quoting TinkerBelle (Reply 20):
KQ has come a long way and their service (not to mention the 772's) is awesome.

However, KQ has a strong partnership with KL... VS would have no chance with them.

Quoting AF022 (Reply 21):
Their 757s from LHR are pretty bad.

Their operations to/from Europe might be focused on O/D services, so they do not have to operate bigger and better aircrafts as yet.
An interesting point is that VS is also focused on O/D services.
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Wed Dec 20, 2006 6:15 pm

Quoting BCA2005 (Reply 19):
Quoting ZRH (Reply 18):
An NBO question: which other European airlines fly to NBO besides LX and VS?

KL, BA and SN

....
Your right !!!!

I just did a quick check on the Gal system and LH nor AF dont run the route !!!
I can see that AF may not as KL already do it.. but I would have thought LH would have instead of LX ...
 
ZRH
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Wed Dec 20, 2006 6:44 pm

Quoting BHXDTW (Reply 23):
but I would have thought LH would have instead of LX

LX (and former SR) have a long tradition to serve NBO (since many decades). Why should LH then?
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:14 pm

Quoting ZRH (Reply 24):
Quoting BHXDTW (Reply 23):
but I would have thought LH would have instead of LX

LX (and former SR) have a long tradition to serve NBO (since many decades). Why should LH then?

to be truthfully honest there was no basis for my comment... I just figured that LH being the daddy of them both, they would have NBO in their portfolio and run it in place of LX... Just my opinion  Smile
 
ZRH
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RE: Virgin Atlantic To Serve Nairobi From Jun07

Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:21 pm

Quoting BHXDTW (Reply 25):
to be truthfully honest there was no basis for my comment... I just figured that LH being the daddy of them both, they would have NBO in their portfolio and run it in place of LX... Just my opinion

Why? LX is also running the flight to SCL istead of LH.

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