Virgin Atlantic refurbishes Air Berlin’s old A330s

Virgin Atlantic refurbishes Air Berlin’s old A330s

Virgin Atlantic has revealed more details about the refurbishment of the four Airbus A330-200 aircraft it acquired from bankrupt carrier Air Berlin earlier this year. The airline is one of the many affected by issues with Trent 1000 Rolls Royce engines fitted to some Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and so is leasing the A330 aircraft to fill a capacity shortage. The aircraft came in a two-class economy and business class layout (albeit with 46 extra legroom…

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Ryanair finalising takeover bid for Alitalia, says CEO Michael O’Leary

Ryanair finalising takeover bid for Alitalia, says CEO Michael O’Leary

Ryanair is in the process of preparing a takeover bid for Italy’s bankrupt airline Alitalia but has no interest in failing German carrier Air Berlin, according to its chief executive, Michael O’Leary. Alitalia was put up for sale earlier this year after its request to be put in administration was finally approved by the Italian government, despite the country having pumped nearly £6bn into the airline over a decade. It came as employees rejected a…

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