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Which EI A320s For VS Service?

Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:03 pm

Any news yet on which of EI's A320s will be assigned to the VS contract?
 
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RE: Which EI A320s For VS Service?

Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:22 pm

Quoting sk736 (Thread starter):
Any news yet on which of EI's A320s will be assigned to the VS contract?

2 of them will be "new" aircraft to the EI fleet - I believe they will be ex Meridiana aircraft?

The other two will come from the existing EI fleet, I think they are from the EI-DE_ series, but not entirely sure.
 
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RE: Which EI A320s For VS Service?

Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:42 pm

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 1):
2 of them will be "new" aircraft to the EI fleet - I believe they will be ex Meridiana aircraft?

Correct, I-EEZF & I-EEZG, to be re-registered as EI-EZV & EI-EZW.
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RE: Which EI A320s For VS Service?

Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:10 pm

I believe the other two are EI-DEI and EI-DEO. There are two more A319s to join the fleet, possibly to replace these two. I believe also that the VS aircraft will keep the 174 capacity
 
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RE: Which EI A320s For VS Service?

Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:14 pm

Quoting bx737 (Reply 3):
There are two more A319s to join the fleet,

Possibly one of these will be Air Malta's 9H-AEJ.
 
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RE: Which EI A320s For VS Service?

Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:05 am

Quoting bx737 (Reply 3):
I believe the other two are EI-DEI and EI-DEO. There are two more A319s to join the fleet, possibly to replace these two. I believe also that the VS aircraft will keep the 174 capacity

Yes, the two A319s are replacing these two A320s.

The four A320s operated for Virgin will be in Virgin Atlantic livery as well, according to the annual results update released on Wednesday.
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RE: Which EI A320s For VS Service?

Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:13 am

I am surprised that Virgin Atlantic has not been more aggressive to establish the routes through sales campaigns. They are selling the tickets for a quid or so below BA's typical fare, so nothing to get people excited or at least make them aware of the new kid in town.
 
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RE: Which EI A320s For VS Service?

Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:49 pm

Quoting bx737 (Reply 3):
There are two more A319s to join the fleet, possibly to replace these two.

Yep. EI shorthaul fleet numbers will remain the same. 2 A319 to replace the 2 A320 going to the VS operation. 2012 prelim results Q&A element predicted shorthaul fleet growth of 1-2 units per year for the foreseeable future.
 
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RE: Which EI A320s For VS Service?

Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:49 pm

174 seats? That's got be tight! I think BA's are snug at 162 seats.
 
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RE: Which EI A320s For VS Service?

Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:58 pm

Quoting robbb (Reply 8):

To be fair, I'm 6ft2 and I've never had an issue on U2 who pack 180 into their 320s.
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RE: Which EI A320s For VS Service?

Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:18 pm

Quoting robbb (Reply 8):

To be honest I travel on both EI and BA aircraft all the time, they have the exact same seats and you would never notice the difference only the EI ones don't change for Club!
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RE: Which EI A320s For VS Service?

Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:00 pm

Quoting vfw614 (Reply 6):

I am surprised that Virgin Atlantic has not been more aggressive to establish the routes through sales campaigns. They are selling the tickets for a quid or so below BA's typical fare, so nothing to get people excited or at least make them aware of the new kid in town.

I haven't seen any advertising in the London area for the routes, usually the local free newspapers which circulate around the transport network are full of airline adverts as are the walls of tube stations and while VS is certainly filling pages with images of glamours cabin crew and claims of being no ordinary airline, there's been nothing for the domestic operations yet.
 
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RE: Which EI A320s For VS Service?

Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:44 pm

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 11):
while VS is certainly filling pages with images of glamours cabin crew and claims of being no ordinary airline

That's funny, I was only looking at a VS ad this morning for "no ordinary premium economy" which went on to describe every premium economy I've ever tried.
 
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RE: Which EI A320s For VS Service?

Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:31 pm

When is the first EI A320 due to be painted in VS livery?
 
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RE: Which EI A320s For VS Service?

Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:57 pm

Quoting vfw614 (Reply 6):
They are selling the tickets for a quid or so below BA's typical fare

Nice to see them following VS' tried and tested business plan. Underdog? Sticking up for the consumer? More competition? All BS.
 
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RE: Which EI A320s For VS Service?

Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:57 am

Well, they must get bums on the seats to make it work. The only explanation for keeping the whole operation that low key would be that most of the pax on the domestic flights will be connecting long-haul pax they have bagged anyway and the local traffic is just an added bonus which is not worth dedicated marekting. Has there been any information on the expected ratio of connecting / local passengers for the new services?

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