VA's new Asian international destination - Does anyone know any more?

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AwaywithMike

Member since 23 Jun 2011

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VA's new Asian international destination - Does anyone know any more?

i.e. confirmation of destination, rumoured announcement date, rumoured launch date?

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

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If it's with their own metal, I'd suggest it would make sense to be Singapore to leverage the SQ partnership and connections.

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

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Having written the above, I haven't heard any rumours... are they ditching the UAE? Cause their current 777's are fully used and I have not seen anything about them buying more. Plus I assume the A330's are currently pretty occupied East-West... but hey I'm guessing! Virgin insiders?

watson374

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I'll bet for Singapore with an announcement of new cabins.

johnaboxall

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Member since 24 Aug 2011

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Ditto. SYD-SIN is now the busiest route for international departures, VA could easily run a daily if their partner/friend SQ dropped a service or downgraded an A380. Then again - China? Interesting times ahead.

watson374

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Or, it could be Hong Kong or Shanghai, since a glaring weakness in their virtual network appears to be a lack of direct China links.

I wouldn't see SQ downgrading a SYD-SIN service. They are running a cartel on that route and it has the planes, the passengers and the profits.

Hugo

Member since 12 Jun 2013

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But there's already so much SQ metal on these routes. And besides, it's hard to compete with SQ's product.

I don't see much point in starting up a new route if it's just for the purposes of duplicating what your partners are already doing well. For similar reasons I think the VA Abu Dhabi route is kinda pointless.

What about HKG where to meet up with Virgin Atlantic services to Europe? Virgin Atlantic has no way of getting you to any city other than SYD at the moment, so MEL-HKG and BNE-HKG et cetera could make a lot of sense for both parties.

AwaywithMike

Member since 23 Jun 2011

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All I'm aware of is the recent (couple of months back) in the Fin Review that they were soon to announce an Asian route with their own metal (A330 I would expect)

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

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Yeah, well only VA really knows. Will be interesting though! (Nice how I'm getting 'voted down' but others aren't sharing their opinions!)

benjo

Member since 17 Apr 2013

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Sing & HK if they were to get more A330; would also love then to fly to SanFran with some more 777's but i dont think they would to that... my guess is they will get some more 330's in time and like others have said; prob they will announce new routes once they announce there new BC?

Yusef Danet

Member since 20 Oct 2011

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SIN soon, HKG later. Metal/routes: I dunno. 

AndrewYes

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It seems like there are only two viable options. Singapore, and HK. I would say Singapore is more likely due to the better partnership connections to europe. Perhaps they will take over Singapore's existing 777 route?

AndrewYes

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I remember reading somewhere, that they lodged an application for Broome - Singapore on a 737-800. 

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