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Virgin Launch Lagos Flight With A Air Atlanta 742.

Sat Jun 09, 2001 6:19 am

Virgin Atlantic will inaugurate service from London Heathrow to Lagos, Nigeria, on 16Jul01.

Schedules as follows :
LHR 2230-0500 LOS (Dep from LHR on day 1347)
Mon/Wed/Thu/Sun)
LOS 0915-1545 LHR (Dep from Lagos on day 5)
LOS 0925-1555 LHR (Dep from Lagos on day 124)

Flights will be operated with a Boeing 747-200 of Air Atlanta Icelandic.

Hmm...Is Virgin facing lack of aircraft for their growth, so they have to borrow a 747 from Air Atlanta Icelandic?
 
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RE: Virgin Launch Lagos Flight With A Air Atlanta 742.

Sat Jun 09, 2001 6:39 am

Maybe VS is (wisely IMHO) reluctant to send their own aircraft into Nigeria.

After all, the Nigerians don't exactly have a decent track record of respecting another airline's property.
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RE: Virgin Launch Lagos Flight With A Air Atlanta 742.

Sat Jun 09, 2001 6:54 am

VS are in the middle of re-paint program, that's why they are 'short' of a/c
 
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RE: Virgin Launch Lagos Flight With A Air Atlanta 742.

Sat Jun 09, 2001 7:10 am


Apparently this is the aircraft that operates the MAN-MCO flight at the moment. They will have Air Atlanta crew onboard but also 2 Virgin crew representing the company. Its certainly a market that Virgin can get into but of course will they be able to handle all the problems that other airlines have in Lagos??????
 
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RE: Virgin Launch Lagos Flight With A Air Atlanta 742.

Sat Jun 09, 2001 7:21 am

Aussiestu,

The MAN-MCO route is currently being operated by a Virgin Atlantic aircraft (G-VLAX). Some of the flights on that route were operated by Air Atlanta last year.
 
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RE: Virgin Launch Lagos Flight With A Air Atlanta 742.

Sat Jun 09, 2001 7:26 am

What happened in Lago?
 
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RE: Virgin Launch Lagos Flight With A Air Atlanta 742.

Sat Jun 09, 2001 9:31 am

I don't know it is the same today but I do know that BCal had problems. Due to restrictions on how much currency you can take out of the country, people were booking tickets from Lagos - LGW - JFK - LGW - Lagos. However when they got to LGW they would cash in the JFK sector(s) thus getting more money out, but leaving BCal to pick up the tab. Before BCal went down it had over £12 million stuck in Nigeria that it couldn't get out.
 
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RE: Virgin Launch Lagos Flight With A Air Atlanta 742.

Sat Jun 09, 2001 10:38 am

In 1988, the Nigerian government impounded an Air India aircraft (Airbus A310 VT-EJJ) for almost 6 months stating that it was forfeit as part of a drug smuggling operation. Evidently a passenger on the BOM-NBO-LOS flight had been arrested for transporting narcotics.

Additionally, they arrested and sentenced to death 3 Air India employees as accessories to the transaction. These were the Inflight Supervisor (Ashim Chakravarty - a family friend of ours), the Purser who had served the zone that the passenger was seated (N. Kalidasan) and the NBO based flight dispatcher who flew the weekly NBO-LOS-NBO leg with the aircraft (cant remember his name).

After lengthy negotiations at the highest level, the Indian government succeeded in obtaining their release as well as that of the aircraft. However, many airlines (including AI) pulled out of LOS as a result of this incident.
"The A340-300 may boast a long range, but the A340 is underpowered" -- Robert Milton, CEO - Air Canada