Could virgin run from dsa ? Perhaps Aberdeen or edi ?
Why? DSA is well below expectations even as a low cost airport. If it was going to support any feeder into a hub, it would surely be KLM to AMS. Given the short life of the KL LPL route, I don't think they'd be looking at DSA any time soon, and nor would Virgin.
Too far from Sheffield, Doncaster is too small and both are close enough to London for the ptp traffic. Even LBA is only returning now BA can feed their wider network, compared to BMI & Star who left the route.
Talking to the dispatchers at NQY and there was a VS 747 in there doing "size" tests not long ago?
Not quite sure why the VS bods would fly LGW - NQY on board an E175 just to test out the ship when they could have picked any number of E175 routes out of LGW. Me thinks it was probably a tech Dash day and they threw on a 175 and the VS bods just happened to be on that flight.
No VS maint is not ALL outsourced. Heavy maint (C & D checks) done by lufty,line maint mainly in house,A checks and casualty work and other bits done in house plus the 3rd party customers we have. The rumour of a vs shed in the uk not at lhr or lgw is total cr@p... more chance of a bulk order of viscounts for domestic flights...
Anyone know which flight will count as the inaugural? I know the MAN-LHR at 6.50am is the first ever flight, but the 9.20am departure from LHR-MAN would be a more sensible time for all the PR stuff, with journalists, photographers and perhaps Richard Branson himself? LHR is also their home base so they could host a PR event there. Also, all press releases have stressed flights FROM Heathrow instead of flights TO Heathrow. Just wondering...
London based journalists having to go to Manchester for a press launch ? Perish the thought ! Doesn't everyone know that beyond the confines of the M25, there be strange creatures about, and beyond Watford Gap there be dragons ?