Flybe to be rebranded as Virgin Connect

Flybe to be rebranded as Virgin Connect

Flybe will be rebranded next year as “Virgin Connect” to bring its brand in line with co-owner Virgin Atlantic, it has been announced. Earlier this year, Flybe was bought for £2.8 million by Connect Airways, a consortium of investors consisting of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital. As part of the move, the UK regional operator will drop its purple colour scheme in favour of Virgin’s red branding.  Announcing the new name, Mark Anderson, Connect…

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Virgin Atlantic aims for growth, calls for more slots at Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic aims for growth, calls for more slots at Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic has called for changes to Heathrow Airport’s slot regime ahead of Heathrow’s expansion. The airline is currently limited to just 30 slots at the London hub, though it hopes with the construction of a third runway to grow this to 160. Although it is still an estimated seven years away, the third runway at Heathrow is anticipated to increase flight capacity by nearly 60% over the next 30 years, according to TTG Media….

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Virgin Atlantic announces launch date of São Paulo route, codeshare with GOL

Virgin Atlantic announces launch date of São Paulo route, codeshare with GOL

Virgin Atlantic confirmed yesterday the launch date of its new London-São Paulo route. The flight is scheduled for 29 March 2020, and will be operated by one of the carrier’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.  Virgin Atlantic will join British Airways and LATAM in offering flights to the Brazilian city, with the route becoming the airline’s first ever to South America. The service will operate daily all year round.  Detailed route information can be seen below:…

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Virgin Atlantic takes delivery of first A350-1000

Virgin Atlantic takes delivery of first A350-1000

Virgin Atlantic has become the second British airline to take delivery of an Airbus A350-1000 this week, with the official handover of its first aircraft taking place in Toulouse. The delivery comes days after long-haul rival British Airways introduced the type into service last week. In a post on Twitter, Virgin Atlantic welcomed G-VLUX — dubbed “Red Velvet” — to its fleet. Welcome to the family, Red Velvet 🍰✈️ We can’t wait to fly our…

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Virgin Atlantic releases video of new A350 interior

Virgin Atlantic releases video of new A350 interior

Virgin Atlantic has released a CGI video of its new cabins set to debut with the A350-1000, the first of which will be delivered later this week. The video shows Virgin’s latest “Upper Class” business class product, which will feature 11 rows of semi-enclosed suites arranged in a 1-2-1 pattern. Each suite will be 20 inches wide and recline to an 82-inch lie-flat bed, in addition to a deployable privacy screen, as shown in the…

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Connect Airways appoints new CEO as it awaits Flybe merger approval

Connect Airways appoints new CEO as it awaits Flybe merger approval

Connect Airways, the consortium that purchased Flybe in February, has appointed former Virgin Atlantic’s customer chief Mark Anderson as its chief executive. Connect Airways, which was founded by Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Aviation and Cyrus Capital Partners to purchase Flybe, is currently waiting for approval of its merger from the EU commission, which is expected in July. Anderson joins Connect Airways from his current role of head of Virgin Atlantic’s customer experience, which he has held…

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Virgin Atlantic faces more strikes ahead of Christmas

Virgin Atlantic faces more strikes ahead of Christmas

The Professional Pilots Union (PPU), which represents around 30 per cent of Virgin Atlantic’s pilots, has announced that it will stage further strikes in 2019 with ‘short notice.’ Last week, Virgin Atlantic pilots in the PPU voted for strike action, with up to 400 of the 965 pilots deciding to strike over the airline’s refusal to include them in talks over pay and benefits changes. The strikes are scheduled for four days over the Christmas…

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Virgin Atlantic latest airline to partner with easyJet

Virgin Atlantic latest airline to partner with easyJet

Virgin Atlantic has joined easyJet’s global connecting platform, ‘Worldwide by easyJet,’ becoming the latest airline to partner with the European low-cost carrier. The partnership means passengers can now book connecting flights through London Gatwick, combining easyJet’s European network and Virgin Atlantic’s transatlantic services. ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ has been consistently growing since its launch last September, with more than 4,000 unique origin and destinations having already been booked in combination with partner airlines. “We are really pleased…

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Virgin Atlantic to operate first biofuel commercial flight

Virgin Atlantic to operate first biofuel commercial flight

Virgin Atlantic is set to make history later today (2 October), operating the first commercial flight fuelled by biofuel. VS016 from Orlando to London Gatwick will takeoff at just before 8 pm local time, fuelled using biotech firm LanzaTech’s first batch of jet fuel made with recycled waste industrial gasses. The flight, operated by one of Virgin Atlantic’s fleet of 747-400 aircraft, will be the first to be powered using a blend of jet fuel…

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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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