Virgin Blue plans for Pacific route

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  1. QF WP

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    Virgin Blue is stepping up its push to break into the lucrative Pacific route with the formation this month of a high-level 10-member team to test the airline's chosen business model...

     

  2. Yada Yada

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    Lindsay - thanks for posting the info. This is an interesting development and it sounds like they are quite serious about the possibility. I will be waiting for more news with interest.
     
  3. oldbold

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    With Qantas only operating five flights a week to San Francisco, and United daily, and with Virgin America based there, perhaps we might expect V Australia to commence its service from Australia there, where the terminal and connection favilities are so much better than at LAX. Qantas will be introducing 380s on the Los Angeles route around the end of 2008, collecting much publicity.
    I'd also expect the newcomer to offer the same range of classes that Virgin Atlantic does, namely Business, Premium Economy and regular Economy, instead of Qantas' four classes.
     
  4. simongr

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    Isnt this the route that we were expecting V Australia to fly?
     
  5. pauly7

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    QF was on Lateline a while back talking about alternative US routes for them once the 787's start rolling in, which will be exciting.

    Obviously AA's hub in Dallas-Fort Worth is high on their wish list.

    All depends on the governments sorting out the air agreement though. Don't forget that Australian carriers are currently capped at 80% of traffic - QF is roughly at 77% so literally cannot increase capacity even if they wanted to (unless United do as well to ensure the pie stays the same.) It is a point often missed by people when discussing this topic. Hopefully we will see a complete removal of this so both QF and DJ are allowed to expand at will.

    Hopefully crazydave reads this thread, I was wondering about the selection of 777's... Did DJ pick up the last of these being produced from Boeing this year? Because alot of airlines have gone on record complaining that Boeing isn't even making them again until 09-10 because they are focussing on the 787 which as we know is their big bet.

    Just interested if DJ is getting them from Boeing or leasing them from another source... I know leasing companies have few floating around...

    Cheers
     
  6. stuartfaz

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    I'm no crazydave but I believe that, of the seven DJ are getting for VAA, six are new from Boeing, and one is being leased from ILFC.

    I'm not sure if this has changed since it was first announced.
     
  7. Evan

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    May be changing given the below...

    Why would airlines complain, they either had production slots reserved as firm orders or they did not i guess, I would not have imagines Boeing would have told them to go stick you order we are not going to make your plane as planned, but then again desperate times with the 787 at the moment i think.

    E
     
  8. stuartfaz

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    Evan,
    That post from Lindsay Wilson is from April 2006. :p

    DJ hasn't released anything regarding a change of fleet. AFAIK they're still going with the 777-300ER's
     
  9. Evan

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    Opps, who is bringing old post's to life ?
    777-200/300, seem a popular AC for people moving. I don't mind them but generally i do prefer the A330's the way most airlines have them configured.
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  10. NM

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    It is my understanding that the complaints are that Boeing is not developing new variants of the 777 at the moment as they are focusing on the 787 development. There is no slowing of the production line for current models. Some airlines (most vocally EK) would like Boeing to develop an enhanced 777 using some of the technology of the 787, but so fare Boeing has said they do not have plans for such an enhanced 777. Boeing has also been reluctant to launch the 787-10 as it could be seen as competing with the current 777 line (in size and range) and they don't want to slow the sales of the current 777 models.
     
  11. wallacej

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    I guess this old thread has been given new life again..
     
  12. ANstar

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    :?: Any news on V Australia's imminent launch?

    I thought it owuld have been done in Feb with tthe results announcement and some people said it was delayed a few weeks to early March, now I'm hearing more delays....

    Anyone with any more info? Are they waiting for QF to reveal A380 plans and dates before launching to try and trump them in the PR wars???:?:
     
  13. stuartfaz

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    Here are two small bits of dubious info I got from VAA cabin crew job ads.

    Offering will be 2-class: If I remember correctly, the job ad said 'economy and full business' so no Y+ for VAA.

    Flights from Australia will be ex-SYD: They were advertising for SYD based cabin crew, so it makes sense.
     
  14. oz_mark

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  15. ANstar

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    LAX Schedule is now in Amadeus
    SYD-LAX (Daily)
    VA1 DEP SYD 9.45PM Arrive LAX 4.30PM
    VA2 DEP LAX 11.30PM Arrive SYD 9.20AM
    Trying to see if there is anything else... will post if I find..

    The Velocity site is also undergoing maintenace until 8pm...
     
  16. moa999

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    hmm 12hrs on the ground in sydney...
    wonder if nz may see a few v jets
     
  17. Hi There

    Adding to Anstars post

    Effective dates 15DEC-14MAR.

    7hrs at LAX is plenty for the inaugural, wonder whose lounge they will use :rolleyes:

    Cheers
    DJ737
     
  18. cssaus

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    Not too convenient if you're wanting to xfer to the east cost of the US. I wonder if there'll be any tie-up with Virgin America?
     
  19. openseat

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    I can understand that the timing may not be good if you are going to the East Coast, or even mid-states. But I think the evening departure works well if someone wanted to work all day then fly, and arrive in time in LAX to either have a wind down after the trip, or go and do a few hours of work and then to rest.

    I suspect the 'night' part of the flight will be fairly short flying eastwards at such a late time. I don't think it would be very good for jetlag to sleep too much on this flight with the 4pm arrival.
     
  20. brissyflyer

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    I saw a comment on Flyertalk that a press conference is scheduled for 10am Monday 31st.

    Peter
     
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