Usual whingeing about how it's all BA
's fault. Virgin have decided to can Little Red as they can't sustain the losses the service makes. The slots will now revert to British Airways as VS
haven't managed to operate them for the required three years.
I never understood why VS
went with Aer Lingus for a start.
Surely a deal with FlyBE
would have been more suitable, using Embraer 190s. Lower fuel costs, cheaper UK
-based crew and the benefit of all the lower charges the smaller plane would bring. The A320 was too big for the route, even BMI
used to use the A319 or the ERJ145 at times.
I'm not sure who tendered for the contract originally, but Flybe recently put in a tender for the Little Red contract using EMB 190s - I'm assuming this wasn't cheap enough for VS
hence the route getting axed.
Quoting whitehatter, from a previous post
cheaper UK-based crew
Majority of the current Little Red crew are UK
based anyway. Cabin crew are agency staff and based at ABZ
. Flight deck are predominantly either LHR
based Aer Lingus crew.