Virgin lobbies for US route

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  1. oz_mark

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    http://finance.news.com.au/story/0,10166,18363464-462,00.html

    SIR Richard Branson today said Virgin Blue would need to fly daily to the United States for the route to be profitable to the airline.

    The Federal Government has opened the way for Virgin Blue (vba.ASX:Quote,News) to introduce flights from Sydney to Los Angeles after blocking a bid by Singapore Airlines to compete with Qantas on the route.
    Virgin Blue (vba.ASX:Quote,News) has been encouraged by the Federal Government to begin flying as soon as it has the appropriate fleet and staffing levels required for an international service.

    "I think it does leave the way open for Virgin Blue to go on the Sydney to LA route," Sir Richard said today.

    "I think if we can get a daily service, which we really need to be profitable, then I think the chances are that Virgin Blue will go on that route."

    Sir Richard said Virgin Blue had been lobbying to make sure seven flights a week were available on the route, as opposed to the current four flights a week.


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    "Over the next handful of months (Virgin Blue hopes to have an answer) but negotiations are going to have to go on with the Americans ... fingers crossed we are successful," he said.
     

  2. bigjobs

    bigjobs Active Member

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    will be waiting with interest to see what happens with this one.

    i wonder what aircraft they would use on the route?
     
  3. NM

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    if they start within the next 2 years, my guess would be wet-leased VS A340 aircraft. If they wait longer, perhaps new A350 or 787 aircraft.

    The only current aircraft capable of the mission are 747-400, A340 or some 777 variants. Anything less and its a splash and dash somewhere in the Pacific, which is not beyond belief so long as they pick somewhere other than HNL.
     
  4. Damien

    Damien Member

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    Excuse my ignorance, but what is this? :?
     
  5. Yada Yada

    Yada Yada Established Member

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    I Googled the following:

     
  6. Damien

    Damien Member

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    Thanks Yada Yada. I'm actually ashamed that I didn't think to Google it before asking the question. :oops:
     
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