Virgin and Y2K

Date:         12 May 99 02:49:11 
From: (John S. Maddaus)
Organization: AT&T WorldNet Services
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The following is quoted from the The Union Leader May 1st, 1999
(Manchester, NH).  It is the first I have seen of possible ATC Y2K
concerns and would seem to me to take this thing to a higher level.

(AP)  Virgin Atlantic Airways said Friday it will ground its 25-plane
fleet on New Year's Eve - to give its employees a special night off,
not because of any concern that computers will malfunction due to Y2K

"On the night itself, our passengers themselves were telling us they
would rather be with their loved ones than in a 747 over the Atlantic.
Our employees agreed," said Virgin spokesman Paul Moore.

Most arilines are expected to keep flying on New Year's Eve, although
many are weighing a reduction in overseas flights because of
uncertainty about how computers in some foreign countries and airports
will handle the switchover from 1999 to 2000.

I've seen airlines cutting back some flights on certain holidays
(United from SAT to ORD on Good Friday for one), but I have never
heard of a day off except during strikes.  Is there more to come from
other carriers?

John S. Maddaus