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Offline Pearson

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Virgin America Arrives in SFO
« on: August 08, 2007, 06:32:56 PM »
Nothing special, attached is VRD001 and VRD846 on the parallel arrival to 28R and 28L, respectively. Gotta love the guy giggling in the background when he hears, "'pair of Virgins".
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Offline KMSY

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Re: Virgin America Arrives in SFO
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2007, 07:13:59 PM »
Haha. I wonder if he had been waiting for weeks to say that. Great clip.

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Re: Virgin America Arrives in SFO
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2007, 07:19:30 PM »
howd they pick redwood?

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Re: Virgin America Arrives in SFO
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2007, 08:20:19 PM »
howd they pick redwood?

Generally callsigns are something relative to the airline, or something unique to the airline. I don't think they could use 'Virgin' just because of the issues stemming from US laws and relating it to the int'l carrier.

In this case, they did the same thing AWE and ROK did. AWE is based in Phoenix, and that area (let alone all of Arizona) is known for Cactus, so there you go. National was based in Las Vegas, and didn't want to be related to the old National Airlines and Sunking, so it picked something unique to Vegas, which was Redrock Canyon; hence, Redrock.

Virgin America? it's based in San Fransisco, and Northern California is known for the redwood trees growing all over the place; So, Redwood.

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Re: Virgin America Arrives in SFO
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2007, 01:39:57 AM »
howd they pick redwood?
[/quotewhy cant the have a callsign like BlewBall or something like that... that is a great clip

Offline Panop

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Re: Virgin America Arrives in SFO
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2007, 01:53:04 PM »
Just as a point of interest, Virgin Blue, the Australian domestic Virgin group operation uses 'Virgin' callsigns - the same as Virgin Atlantic.  When Virgin Blue (whose planes are painted red by the way and whose ownership structure and history is quite different from Atlantic though of course they are both partly Branson owned and created) started up in 2000 Virgin Atlantic did not fly to Oz so there was no conflict but now they do so there is the unusual situation of two airlines (friendly but not the same) using the same callsign flying into Sydney.  Presumably there is effort made not to duplicate flight numbers in the same area.

Virgin Blue has since formed an international regional subsidiary based in New Zealand in identical red colour scheme called Pacific Blue (though most people tend to call them Virgin!) and their callsign is 'Bluebird'.  They also have a joint venture regional carrier called Polynesian Blue (red planes again) - callsign 'Polyblue'. 

Confused yet? Just wait - coming  (planned 2008) is new Virgin Blue subsidiary 'V Australia' with B777s flying Australia-USA and other international destinations which will fill the gap in the Virgin round the world network - callsign of V Australia is unknown but it won't be Virgin.

Virginity has never been as complicated!

Offline The Hoffspatcher

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Re: Virgin America Arrives in SFO
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2007, 07:18:10 AM »
That's pretty funny.  Not like we need another low cost airline IMHO but, nice  :lol:
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Re: Virgin America Arrives in SFO
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2007, 08:11:18 PM »
Also, theres apparently a Virgin Nigeria, ICAO: VGN

They use Virgin Nigeria as a callsign, with service to Lagos from heathrow and maybe soon houston intercontinental.  Fleet size 9


...who knew?

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Re: Virgin America Arrives in SFO
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2007, 08:46:41 PM »
Also, theres apparently a Virgin Nigeria, ICAO: VGN

They use Virgin Nigeria as a callsign, with service to Lagos from heathrow and maybe soon houston intercontinental.  Fleet size 9


...who knew?

All of us! :)

VGN has been around for a while. It's V-America and Pacific Blue that will be the baby Virgins.

I'm thinking Virgin Margarita will be starting up soon with service to the Caribbean. ;)

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Re: Virgin America Arrives in SFO
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2007, 08:30:07 PM »
Got to see a Virgin America A320 in Syracuse (KSYR) today sitting on the South De-Ice pad...Flight 231 enroute from KSFO to KJFK...was diverted here due to weather.  I never have my camera with me when I need it!   :|