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Virgin change some planes on orlando routes from 747 to airbus a333

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    website vflyer is reporting that an airbus a333 will be operating the lgw/man/gla/mco route on certain days of the week from april 2011.

    First flight will be MAN-MCO on Saturday 2nd April (VS075)

    There's some debate as to whether there'll be an upper class at all on these flights but the theory is that there'll be less UC/PE and more economy in % terms.

    The airbusses are smaller than the 747 so may be more rightsized for the projected requirements during that period.

    They're also supposed to have in flight wifi internet access and a significantly uprated entertainment system
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    Manchester – Orlando VS075/076 daily from 02APR11
    London Gatwick – Orlando VS027/028 three days a week from 01MAY11
    Glasgow – Orlando VS071/072 one day a week from 07MAY11

    The aircraft will have 48 seats in premium economy W , 265 in Economy - Y and none in upper class - J on these routes .
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    when the A330 starts the VS075 time will change to a later 11.00 departure arriving into MCO at 15.10, and the VS076 will depart at 19.00 and arrive at 08.10 next day.
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    That`s odd....there will be more seats in PE than Economy? :unsure:
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    yeah looks the wrong way round to me Terry. Eeyore if I was in the office, I'd be throwing something at you now and telling you to check your facts ;)
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    Sorry guys fixed now :sorry:

    The big thing is the seeming lack of upper class which has people up in arms. There's talk about this being a temporary seat arrangement though
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    Well I imagine it will all be about maximising profit per square inch of floorspace

    odd that they have gone for smaller craft though - washoping we'd see some of those huuuge new planes on the route
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    If they do omit UC I guess I`ll be switching my allegiance to another carrier and using their reward programme for the upgrades.
    The problem is that if you`ve flown UC [especially on the return leg], it doesn`t half spoil you from returning by any other means.
    The outward bound flight being less of a problem IMHO.
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    I just don't see how they CAN omit UC. The way I understand the economics of it all, they don't start really making much money until PE/UC kicks in.

    I must admit, I was able to sleep a little on the way to Orlando this time because of Upper Class. I can imagine how great it would be on the return leg
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    :laugh:
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    im on one of those as i fly 3rd april from manchester :yes:
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    That`s the main reason we do it Keith whenever we can. [In addition to the extra baggage allowance which comes in very handy on the return leg.]
    Being able to lie down on a full length bed after dinner is fabulous. [There`s no way that I would actually pay for that comfort though.]
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    any news when VA take delivery of the A380 airbuses?
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    2013 Mick, they originally had ordered it with great fanfare for 2006 but because of the ongoing delays it ended up being scheduled for 2009. Virgin postponed the order until 2013 saying they wanted to see it prove itself first.

    They're due to take delivery of Boeing 787-9 in early 2011 as far as I remember which is quite an interesting plane in itself although perhaps not as revolutionary as the airbus.

    I'd prefer Boeing any day of the week anyway
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    Oooooh nooo, the thought of getting on something like that frightens the life out of me!!! Im terrible getting on a "normal" virgin plane let alone something as huge as an airbus!!! :eek3: :lipwobble:

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