bthebest
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VS Charters - Excess Fleet Capacity?

Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:53 pm

According to www.thevssource.com, Virgin operated 3 charters on 29/10 to St. Louis/Boston for the Rams/Patriots.

They used A343/6 and 747 so surely it's not a good sign that they have this much slack in their fleet?

(Today being the exception with numerous aircraft grounded due to Sandy)
 
anstar
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RE: VS Charters - Excess Fleet Capacity?

Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:17 pm

Quoting bthebest (Thread starter):
They used A343/6 and 747 so surely it's not a good sign that they have this much slack in their fleet?

Given they have a stream of A330 deliveries.... and 340 retirements I am sure they were able to shuffle a few things round.... They have done these chatrers previously too,
 
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RE: VS Charters - Excess Fleet Capacity?

Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:22 pm

They bid (and won) the deal with the NFL three years ago so it's not like they didn't know it was coming. A five year contract so will be doing the London teams for at least the next two years and I'm sure all airlines plan on doing a few charters to supplement income.
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RE: VS Charters - Excess Fleet Capacity?

Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:06 am

It's often worth cancelling scheduled services to fill these sorts of charters because they are so financially lucrative. That hasn't happened in this case, but I know of other recent cases when airlines have cancelled services (or just not scheduled them to run on a particular day) to free up aircraft.