tietkej
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How Safe Is VS?

Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:14 am

I'll be flying VS200/VS201 SYD-LHR and back in two weeks time. I was wondering if there is any information about the safety rating of the airline? It's hard to find info because they are a relatively 'small' airline compared to the major players. I'm assuming they're just as safe as BA. Equipment will be a nice and newish A346 anyway...

Cheers.
 
cragley
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RE: How Safe Is VS?

Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:16 pm

Please tell me you are joking!


VS are solid and renowned for their superb service and safety record.

No worries on that one at all!

If it was GA or PR, different story.

Group VS together in the same light as SQ.


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EI320
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RE: How Safe Is VS?

Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:19 pm

As safe as any other airline on the SYD-LHR route!

A high-profile airline like VS would be foolish to compromise on safety, the same goes for any airline who wants to attract customers.

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tietkej
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RE: How Safe Is VS?

Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:31 pm

Cheers for the input - I guess that was to be expected. I've always felt very safe onboard their A346's. I'm one of those people who is fascinated by planes and flying, but who also has a fear of it. That's a shame, really.
 
Viscount724
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RE: How Safe Is VS?

Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:54 pm

VS has had no fatalities or hull losses in over 25 years of operations. The most serious VS incident I can recall was the following emergency landing at LHR in 1997 when the left main gear on an A340-300 would not fully extend.


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sq_ek_freak
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RE: How Safe Is VS?

Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:13 pm



Quoting Cragley (Reply 1):
If it was GA or PR

I see GA, but why PR? I'd say they have a pretty good record, and have never felt worried while flying them.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 4):
VS has had no fatalities or hull losses in over 25 years of operations. The most serious VS incident I can recall was the following emergency landing at LHR in 1997 when the left main gear on an A340-300 would not fully extend.

Amazing pictures - and if I recall correctly the VS crew did a fantastic job in handling the situation.
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tietkej
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RE: How Safe Is VS?

Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:32 pm

Incredible pictures. Was the plane a write-off?
 
nicholaschee
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RE: How Safe Is VS?

Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:18 am

Quoting Tietkej (Reply 6):
Incredible pictures. Was the plane a write-off?

It was repaired and put back into service. VS returned it to the lessor in 2003, went to BW after that.

[Edited 2009-06-19 01:20:38]
 
jetfuel
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RE: How Safe Is VS?

Fri Jun 19, 2009 10:35 am



Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 7):
Quoting Tietkej (Reply 6):
Incredible pictures. Was the plane a write-off?

It was repaired and put back into service. VS returned it to the lessor in 2003, went to BW after that.

[Edited 2009-06-19 01:20:38]

Now parked in the desert I understand since 2007. Less than 15 years in service
Where's the passion gone out of the airline industry? The smell of jetfuel and the romance of taking a flight....
 
a340crew
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RE: How Safe Is VS?

Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:53 pm

Enjoy your trip. VS offers great service, I fly them often on the BOS-LHR route. Great service in Y if you want a little extra room see if their are any prem economy upgrades available. Sometime when prem economy is really empty they offer upgrades for only $200 USD !!!

IFE is great and cabin crew is constantly in the aisle doing beverage services.

enjoy !!
 
tietkej
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RE: How Safe Is VS?

Sun Jun 21, 2009 6:16 am



Quoting A340Crew (Reply 9):
Enjoy your trip. VS offers great service, I fly them often on the BOS-LHR route. Great service in Y if you want a little extra room see if their are any prem economy upgrades available. Sometime when prem economy is really empty they offer upgrades for only $200 USD !!!

Cheers.
I'm booked in Premium Economy with my wife. Should make the whole trip a little more enjoyable!  Smile

Quoting Jetfuel (Reply 8):

Now parked in the desert I understand since 2007. Less than 15 years in service

Sounds like a short service period, indeed. I wonder if it had anything to do with the VS incident...

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