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ThomasMTroxell
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VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:31 am

Virgin Atlantic just announced that the inaugural flight of their first Boeing 787 (G-VNEW - "Birthday Girl") will be on October 23rd. The inaugural flight will also coincide with the launch of VS service to ATL as the plane will operate the first LHR-ATL flight.

British musicians Rudimental and Gorgon City will be on the flight and they'll be performing. Not sure if Branson or Anderson will be on the flight, but the website does state that the flight will be full of VIPs.
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Wed Sep 24, 2014 2:00 am

Excellent!

The VS 789s will give them the right capacity to match with partner, DL. ATL-LHR needs frequency that meets the hub feeds. This should work well for both airlines.
 
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Wed Sep 24, 2014 2:18 am

I thought it was going to Boston first?
 
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Wed Sep 24, 2014 2:28 am

Quoting 29erUSA187 (Reply 2):
I thought it was going to Boston first?

This is a one-off 787 operated flight for the inaugural flight. Starting Oct 28, its going daily to Boston.
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:48 am

SRB goes on all the inaugural services I believe. Almost certain he won't miss this one.
Especially with a new type.
 
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:24 am

New type, new destination and plenty of media in both places.... how can you even think he won't be there!!!!

I hope we will see lots of pics of the event.

Do we have interior pics and configuration of the new B787??
 
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:44 pm

Quoting migair54 (Reply 5):
configuration of the new B787??

The config is on virgins website
We'd like to welcome in particular our Executive Club members and those joining us from our Oneworld alliance partners.
 
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:55 pm

Quoting APYu (Reply 6):
The config is on virgins website
Quoting migair54 (Reply 5):
Do we have interior pics and configuration of the new B787??
http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/gb/en...e-virgin-experience/our-fleet.html

Looks like J31/Y+35/Y198 for a total of 264 passengers.
 
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Wed Sep 24, 2014 2:47 pm

Heading over to London before the end of the year, started doing my research. VS will be operating 789 service out of IAD by mid December, so I just might wait a few weeks to try to catch it. I've given up hope that DL will be flying the 789 in my lifetime...
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:55 pm

Hope to see her in SAN one day.    I know it's unlikely considering VS's limited connections out of LHR compared to BA.


Quoting georgiaame (Reply 8):
I've given up hope that DL will be flying the 789 in my lifetime...

Don't worry they will, for a second I thought we have a nonagenarian on the forum!  
 
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:10 pm

Picture of G-VNEW first flight.

http://paineairport.com/images/kpae10699.png

http://kpae.blogspot.com/
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:36 pm

Quoting hkcanadaexpat (Reply 3):
This is a one-off 787 operated flight for the inaugural flight. Starting Oct 28, its going daily to Boston.

Just so I'm understanding this....will ATL only see the 789 this one time?
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Thu Sep 25, 2014 2:41 am

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 11):
Just so I'm understanding this....will ATL only see the 789 this one time?

For now, yes.
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:32 pm

VS 787 registrations announced. The usual comical mix of letters and names. www.jethros.org.uk/fleets/fleet_listings/virgin_atlantic.htm
?
 
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:45 pm

Hello all,

I didn't know that this was the first 789 in Europe. Watching the youtube video was very cool. May she have a long career flying for VS...
 
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:46 pm

Quoting TC957 (Reply 4):
SRB goes on all the inaugural services I believe.

i wonder if a.net member Alex will be at the controls. He is usually VS go to guy for the pomp and circumstance flights.
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:57 pm

Hello again,

If I were to bet my pension, I'm sure Sir Richard will be on board. He never misses a good party! And I forgot to mention, this a/c has a cool reg. number...
 
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:59 pm

What does this have to do with SRB? It's Mr Anderson's toybox now......
Seriously the sight of the Bearded Billionaire stomping about the tarmac at EDI with some random girl hoisted in his arms and later lifting up his kilt so photographers could point they're lenses at his pants was not cutting edge media in 2014. They do things differently in Atlanta, and Delta have a budget that means they don't need to behave like that. Thank God.
 
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:05 am

Quoting ThomasMTroxell (Thread starter):
Virgin Atlantic just announced that the inaugural flight of their first Boeing 787 (G-VNEW - "Birthday Girl") will be on October 23rd.

Is this flight available for sale? Tried to look for it on both Virgin Atlantic and Delta's websites, but only the three DL codeshares came up for Oct 23. Or did I miss the boat and it is sold out?
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RE: VS Inaugural 787 Flight

Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:36 am

Hello all,

With "Birthday Girl" scheduled to enter service at the end of October, I would suspect within the next week, seat availabliity will be announced after several more test flights. I recall when LOT scheduled maiden service from ORD to WAW. They went all out with PR well in advance of the scheduled day only to have the plane un-available. Their embarassment lasted a long while...

[Edited 2014-09-28 23:39:26]

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