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Virgin to expand Long Haul

Old 30th Oct 2014, 05:56
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Virgin to expand Long Haul

Just read an article in Australian Business Traveller that Virgin is going to expand its long haul operation. I thought the long haul operation was being reduced with the ending of MEL-LAX?
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Old 30th Oct 2014, 06:09
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Read the article again.

Where did it say long haul?

could be a short 737 hop. To Noumea for example.
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Old 30th Oct 2014, 07:27
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It mentions the 330 - guessing it won't be going to NOU.
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Old 30th Oct 2014, 07:54
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A330 - Singapore.
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Old 30th Oct 2014, 09:08
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Two pilots all the way to Singas... ouch!
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Old 30th Oct 2014, 09:10
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pffft jq go 2 pilot mel to bkk and return.
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Old 30th Oct 2014, 09:35
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This is not the 'low cost' thread buddy.
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Old 30th Oct 2014, 10:29
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aaand... back on topic, the long haul ops were only reduced insofar as BNE is a little closer to LAX than MEL is. Same number of sectors operated, just daily Bris instead of 4 Bris + 3 Mel per week.
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Just JB sh!t stirring again, while JH is working out what to do about Tiger getting 737's!
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Old 30th Oct 2014, 10:54
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I reckon, excess. He does like to keep 'em guessing.
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Old 31st Oct 2014, 07:41
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SIN/HKG are very likely options, as we all know going to SIN will tie in to the SQ network like VA does with EY/DL-VX

HKG could give multiple options like taking up the tag flight with VS but it wouldn't suprise me if they linked up with CX after the lovers tiff from QF - similar to NZ.

What I am curious about is the touted potential of a third route as there is no obvious option out there unless for some reason they go to LHR (yeh right)
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Old 31st Oct 2014, 09:28
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Chicago O'Hare?
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Old 31st Oct 2014, 09:44
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How about PER - RGN? Thinking outside the box .. RGN being one of the places with significant international traffic growth since Burma's democratic reforms started a few years ago.
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Old 31st Oct 2014, 09:46
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If they were going to go east of LAX wouldn't Delta's hub at Salt Lake City make more sense?

And if they do operate to HKG then their code share partner Virgin Atlantic could provide another route to Europe.
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They need a way to Europe not via arab state. In one fell swoop qf lost all Jewish market when tbey linked up with ek
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Old 31st Oct 2014, 22:59
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Maybe I'm a pessimist/realist but I don't know why these rumours circulate. In my view long haul and wide bodies is really the realm of the owners. Virgin will stick to domestic flying and be lucky if they can keep that between themselves and qf without the govt opening those routes to cheaper overseas competitors.
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Old 31st Oct 2014, 23:17
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What's wrong with 2 pilot operation Syd Sin? Normal operation on the BA B744.
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Look forward to seeing them in Hong Kong, certainly will be using them on that service.

Same as Japan - I'll give it a shot if the price is right.
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Old 1st Nov 2014, 01:15
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I believe SQ operate 2 pilot as well AUS-SIN
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What's wrong with 2 pilot operation Syd Sin? Normal operation on the BA B744.
It's also standard on QF B747, B767, A330, etc - the only time that S/O's were carried was for subsequent operations to Europe which is no longer part of the network.
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