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Old 8th Mar 2018, 00:12
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Virgin also introducing 'Lite', hand baggage only fares from next month.
New Delight fare includes current extra legroom seats.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...-fares-446562/
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Old 8th Mar 2018, 09:31
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Airbus have released their latest O & D spreadsheet - shows that Virgin have cancelled the order for six A380 aircraft.

Whilst I'm certain SRB was serious at the time it does seem to have taken a long time to drop this order and concentrate on something more practical - A350 being much more suited to the route structure.

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Old 16th Mar 2018, 15:20
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#AfriTravel: Virgin Atlantic announces second daily service beteween Joburg and London | Traveller24

Sadly, another 787 to Joburg, not Cape Town.
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Old 16th Mar 2018, 16:13
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PAXboy, It seems to directly replace the service dropped by SAA.
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Old 16th Mar 2018, 16:38
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Originally Posted by ETOPS
Airbus have released their latest O & D spreadsheet - shows that Virgin have cancelled the order for six A380 aircraft.

Whilst I'm certain SRB was serious at the time it does seem to have taken a long time to drop this order and concentrate on something more practical - A350 being much more suited to the route structure.

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My understanding is that Airbus were holding it until the alternative was confirmed. The firming of A350s forces them to officially process the cancellation.
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Old 27th Jun 2018, 17:14
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LHR-DXB Dropped

VS Dropping DXB on the 31st March 2019.

Can't say i'm too surprised with only one daily flight and EK's expansion at STN and QR's expansion at LGW taking some of EK's connection pax. Yields have most likely dropped significantly on the route. BI has also dropped it's LHR-DXB connection.

What do we think VS will do with this late evening slot? The new LAS flight is from one of the LAX slots and the morning extra BOS service is from a DL morning slot. Can't imagine what they will add?

Together with CUN ending at LGW, sad to see VS shrinking. CPT, BOM, YVR, DTW, ORD and HND have all ended in recent times.

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Old 27th Jun 2018, 20:53
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Their new masters want them feeding the USA - nowhere else. They are Delta now.
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Old 27th Jun 2018, 21:07
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Not quite true with JNB expanding. There were rumours about DEL true but that has quite a bit of USA via LHR traffic so hopefully not.
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Old 27th Jun 2018, 23:35
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Well, One more to JNB but STILL leaving CPT wide open to BA? I'm sure they know best.
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Old 28th Jun 2018, 06:25
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I think VS are too small to make seasonal routes work - lots of investment but poor returns off season.
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My family I regularly used Virgin to fly south but when they abandoned Singapore we had to change airlines. A great pity then but BA, Cathay and Singapore have not complained.

Their 'tiny' service on such a thick middle east route was probably always doomed.
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Old 28th Jun 2018, 19:05
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Originally Posted by PANews
My family I regularly used Virgin to fly south but when they abandoned Singapore we had to change airlines. A great pity then but BA, Cathay and Singapore have not complained.

Their 'tiny' service on such a thick middle east route was probably always doomed.
VS never served Singapore as far as I'm aware. They were 49% owned by SIA so they codeshared but never operated themselves.
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Old 28th Jun 2018, 23:09
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VS never served Singapore as far as I'm aware. They were 49% owned by SIA so they codeshared but never operated themselves.
Your 100% correct 👍
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Old 29th Jun 2018, 13:26
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They made a point of breaking into the South African route and then to CPT. Whilst they were only seasonal, the route can certainly - now - take a full daily service. Just look at BA from LHR + LGW and also Thomas Cook from LGW (I think they are x3 a week to CPT but may be seasonal). Since SAA also gave up LHR-CPT, BA have the run of the place for directs.
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Old 29th Jun 2018, 14:00
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With the success of BFS-MCO and it now operating all season
Is there any plans to increase again next year? Now with additional 330s a Vegas or NY route it would be a perfect size
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Is a A330 a perfect size from BFS to eg NYC? Id say probably not. LAS was tried from GLA and quickly dropped.
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G-VMNK came back from China last week and swapped with G-VWND, is this for the conversion into 3-class VS configuration?

Also anyone know why G-VLNM positioned to MSP on 20/11, was it for the same reason to get two re-done at once?
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G-VMNK came back from China last week and swapped with G-VWND, is this for the conversion into 3-class VS configuration?

Yes, it has come back with a 35 seat PE cabin. Don't know about NM though, the 'The VS Source' website just says it's gone for maintenence.
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Has gone to Delta at MSP for a "C" check.
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According to routesonline MAN-ATL frequency to be increased to 5 weekly Boeing747 for winter season19/20 and MAN-JFK to go daily with Airbus A330-200 from late october 2019.
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