englandair
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Virgin Russia

Sun Oct 15, 2000 11:02 pm

Is it true that VS used to fly to Moscow?
Why did flights stop?
I heard that there was recently competition between VS and BD (British Midland) to fly to Moscow. Does anyone know anything on the topic?

Cheers,
Jamie 
 
englandair
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RE: Virgin Russia

Sun Oct 22, 2000 6:03 am

Some one must know.
 
philb
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RE: Virgin Russia

Sun Oct 22, 2000 8:29 am

When Virgin first flew to Tokyo they called at Moscow.
Flights to, and indeed holidays in, Moscow were offered ex LHR. The reason for the stop was, at the time, the Russians demanded all trans-Siberian flights to Tokyo would serve Moscow.

There was a "pool" on the route to which BA, Aeroflot and Japan Airlines all belonged and Virgin was included.

The "pool" was not a financial arrangement, more an arrangement to offer services in a way where the carriers could compete, yet not too closely duplicate services as happens today when VS and JL virtually tailgate each other with NG not far behind.

The flights stopped when Russia dropped the requirement.

VS were awarded a Moscow route a couple of years ago then John Prescott reversed the decision (I never found out why) and gave it to BD on appeal.

Looking at it logically, VS did not have suitable equipment ready for when the licence was available, BD did.

 
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RE: Virgin Russia

Sun Oct 22, 2000 7:53 pm

But BD don't serve Russia now do they?
 
philb
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RE: Virgin Russia

Sun Oct 22, 2000 9:24 pm

They have the licence but their current schedule doesn't show any service

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