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Hilary
02-13-2006, 03:16 AM
...hopefully! It's a college trip for 3 nights so if they're delayed for too long because of the weather it'll hardly be worth going! They've left for Heathrow and are due to fly out at 14:00.

According to the VA website their flight is still expected to depart as scheduled, and they don't seem to have cancelled any yesterday. The newspapers and tv/radio news imply everything's at a standstill, so it's hard to know what to expect.

I was disappointed that VA's 'news' item about possible delays into / out of NY wasn't updated at all after 17:00 on Saturday - I'll keep checking today.

Fingers crossed :)

Minniespal
02-13-2006, 03:32 AM
Hope everything goes well Hilary :thumbsup2

Cyrano
02-13-2006, 03:34 AM
I'm sure everything will be fine :)

disneyholic family
02-13-2006, 03:46 AM
...hopefully! It's a college trip for 3 nights so if they're delayed for too long because of the weather it'll hardly be worth going! They've left for Heathrow and are due to fly out at 14:00.

According to the VA website their flight is still expected to depart as scheduled, and they don't seem to have cancelled any yesterday. The newspapers and tv/radio news imply everything's at a standstill, so it's hard to know what to expect.

I was disappointed that VA's 'news' item about possible delays into / out of NY wasn't updated at all after 17:00 on Saturday - I'll keep checking today.

Fingers crossed :)


JFK is open, so assuming the VA plane is in position there shouldn't be any reason for a delay. That is, if they're flying into JFK.

I'm sure they'll get there and have a great time (albeit a somewhat frigid one - i hope they took very warm clothing - New York is a walking town).

KayleeUK
02-13-2006, 04:14 AM
Fingers crossed Hilary!

natalielongstaff
02-13-2006, 05:12 AM
i second the warm clothes option ! saw the news pictures this morning and it certainly looks very chilly

Claire L
02-13-2006, 05:30 AM
The VA planes yesterday got delayed and then diverted to DC so did eventually make it. Hope your DD gets there ok.
We got stuck on the tarmac at JFK in Feb 2003 with a sudden snow storm for over 6 hours! The flight was shorter than the time we spent on the ground.

Claire ;)

Claire L
02-13-2006, 05:47 AM
Just checked the VA website and the VS003 dep at 1400 has been cancelled, so guessing that they may have combined flights maybe with the VS009.

Claire ;)

wils
02-13-2006, 05:48 AM
Hope she has a good trip

Hilary
02-13-2006, 06:03 AM
Just checked the VA website and the VS003 dep at 1400 has been cancelled, so guessing that they may have combined flights maybe with the VS009.

Claire ;)
Just logged on at work to check the VA site and saw this :(

I've sent a text to DD to see if she has any further news, but haven't heard yet what they've been told (if anything).

I'm sure they'll all have a great time whether they're delayed or not, but I don't envy the lecturers in charge of 50 x 16, 17 and 18 year olds either in NY or hanging around Heathrow! ;)

disneyholic family
02-13-2006, 06:25 AM
Just logged on at work to check the VA site and saw this :(

I've sent a text to DD to see if she has any further news, but haven't heard yet what they've been told (if anything).

I'm sure they'll all have a great time whether they're delayed or not, but I don't envy the lecturers in charge of 50 x 16, 17 and 18 year olds either in NY or hanging around Heathrow! ;)


OMG....i didn't realize that it's 50 girls in a group....well at least there's enough of them to keep each other occupied...

it makes sense that they might be able to combine two flights, since there probably aren't that many people flying to new york on a monday in February...
i'll keep my fingers crossed for them....i hope they didn't have anything scheduled for this evening in new york....

Hilary
02-13-2006, 07:48 AM
OMG....i didn't realize that it's 50 girls in a group....well at least there's enough of them to keep each other occupied...

it makes sense that they might be able to combine two flights, since there probably aren't that many people flying to new york on a monday in February...
i'll keep my fingers crossed for them....i hope they didn't have anything scheduled for this evening in new york....
It's a mixed group of 50 - not sure if that's better or worse than a group of all girls! ;)

DD has told me that VA are trying to get them on other flights but they will probably have to go in smaller groups.

Their itinerary included a visit this evening to the Empire State Building to see the city by night :(

Claire L
02-13-2006, 07:50 AM
Oh dear the view from the Empire State at night is great, hoefully they can fit it in another night.

Claire ;)

disneyholic family
02-13-2006, 08:08 AM
It's a mixed group of 50 - not sure if that's better or worse than a group of all girls! ;)

DD has told me that VA are trying to get them on other flights but they will probably have to go in smaller groups.

Their itinerary included a visit this evening to the Empire State Building to see the city by night :(


oh dear, how terribly disappointing for them....and to have to travel in smaller groups is also upsetting, although they'll possibly view it as an adventure.....
but they'll have to meet up again at the other end, which adds to the whole difficulty...

i'm so sorry your daughter had such bad luck.....from what i've heard, they haven't even had winter this year until now....

but hopefully your daughter and her group will get there....i still have my fingers crossed...

Hilary
02-13-2006, 08:15 AM
Just heard from DD and she's been told she'll be on the 8:30pm flight.

I don't know whether they're all on this flight or not, but this one goes to Newark, not JFK, so I hope they all manage to meet up somehow/somewhere!

Typical teenager - she seems quite excited by the fact they've been given meal vouchers :rolleyes:

Verity Chambers
02-13-2006, 08:18 AM
Hope she has a great trip, despite the set backs. :)

disneyholic family
02-13-2006, 08:30 AM
Just heard from DD and she's been told she'll be on the 8:30pm flight.

I don't know whether they're all on this flight or not, but this one goes to Newark, not JFK, so I hope they all manage to meet up somehow/somewhere!

Typical teenager - she seems quite excited by the fact they've been given meal vouchers :rolleyes:


i had to laugh about the meal voucher comment...that is sooooooooo true....

well i assume she knows what hotel they need to get to in New York, just in case they have to make it there on their own....

i'm sure this whole thing will indeed be a great adventure for her...they'll probably talk about this for years to come....

Tink78
02-13-2006, 08:36 AM
Hope she gets there ok, and enjoys spending the meal voucher!

Hilary
02-13-2006, 08:37 AM
i had to laugh about the meal voucher comment...that is sooooooooo true....

well i assume she knows what hotel they need to get to in New York, just in case they have to make it there on their own....

i'm sure this whole thing will indeed be a great adventure for her...they'll probably talk about this for years to come....Yes, she does know the hotel details :)

A great adventure for the students to talk about for years, but the staff in charge of them could be in therapy for years ;)

disneyholic family
02-13-2006, 09:07 AM
the staff in charge of them could be in therapy for years ;)

:rotfl:

mandymouse
02-13-2006, 09:25 AM
Typical teenager - she seems quite excited by the fact they've been given meal vouchers :rolleyes:

:rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:

As long as there's food and duty free, then I bet they're having a great time.

I hope that she has a great time away :)

Olaf
02-13-2006, 09:36 AM
I hope you bundled her up with scarves, hats, gloves and boots. It's freezing over here. Winter has hit with a vengeance.

Night-train
02-13-2006, 09:42 AM
26 Fahrenheit forecast for parts of Florida tonight! It's warmer here!!! :scared1: :cold:

Queenie
02-13-2006, 10:41 AM
Not often you hear that!!

I hope your DD has a great time in NYC, I got to go there on a school trip when I was 14. A group of fourty 14 and 15yr olds - I pitied the teachers even then! We flew to NYC and had a few days there followed by a few days in Washington DC with a day in Philadelphia en route. It was absolutely brilliant being in a foreign country without parents for the first time, especially as I'd never been to the USA before.

Hilary
02-17-2006, 03:55 PM
Well, they eventually got there okay and, at the end of their short trip, DD was due to fly out of NY at 19:20 last night, arriving Heathrow 07:10 this morning...

They had all boarded their flight last night and then were told there was a crew member ill and they'd have to get off again! :eek: So they disembarked, were put up in a hotel for what was left of the night,with a call this morning at 3:00 am to return to the airport for their flight which eventually took off at 07:10! They got into Heathrow 12 hours later than scheduled, but didn't have the chance to make the most of the extra time in NY as most of it was spent in the airport!

I'm off to meet her from the coach back from Heathrow at about midnight :)

Miffy2003
02-17-2006, 04:12 PM
Crikey Hilary, that sounds like a trip and a half!

Minniespal
02-17-2006, 04:14 PM
I'm sure your DD had a fantastic time despite all of the problems she encountered :goodvibes

mandymouse
02-18-2006, 02:47 AM
Blimey, this has been one eventful trip, I hope she's had a great time :)

Hilary
02-18-2006, 03:19 AM
All back, safe and sound and, yes, they had a good time! :thumbsup2