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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British Airways and Malaysia Airlines sign codeshare agreement

British Airways and Malaysia Airlines sign codeshare agreement

Oneworld alliance members Malaysia Airlines and British Airways have signed a codeshare agreement taking effect today. BA will codeshare on Malaysia Airlines-operated flights to 14 Malaysian destinations, as well as nine destinations in Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Vietnam. In return, the Malaysian carrier will codeshare on BA-operated flights from London Heathrow to Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. Subject to regulatory approval, the codeshare will then progressively extend to other European destinations…

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Thomas Cook collapses following failed rescue talks

Thomas Cook collapses following failed rescue talks

Thomas Cook has filed for compulsory liquidation after last-minute negotiations on recapitalisation fell through. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said this morning the tour operator had “ceased trading with immediate effect.” Just days ago, Thomas Cook Group said that it was in discussions to secure a £200 million standby fund on top of a previous capital injection — a £900 million rescue package from China’s Fosun Tourism Group and other lending banks and shareholders….

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BALPA calls off BA strike for 27 September

BALPA calls off BA strike for 27 September

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) announced today it has called off the next strike scheduled for 27 September in the ongoing dispute between British Airways and its pilots.  Last week, British Airways pilots striked for the first time in the airline’s history, walking out for two days following failed negotiations between the airline and the pilots’ union over pay.  The strikes led to the cancellation of nearly 100% of BA flights, costing the airline…

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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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British Airways cancels nearly 100% of flights as pilots go on strike

British Airways cancels nearly 100% of flights as pilots go on strike

British Airways has cancelled nearly all of its flights today as pilot union BALPA began a two-day walkover over pay. “Unfortunately, with no detail from BALPA on which pilots would strike, we had no way of predicting how many would come to work, or which aircraft they are qualified to fly, so we had no option but to cancel nearly 100% our flights,” British Airways said in a statement this morning. The strike comes as…

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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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Gatwick starts planning to use second runway

Gatwick starts planning to use second runway

Gatwick Airport has formally started the process to bring its standby runway into routine use by submitting a notice to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS). The airport — which is currently the second busiest single-runway airport in the world — is hoping to make use of its existing “Northern Runway” to increase capacity for departing flights. The runway is currently only used during emergencies. Gatwick will submit a ‘Scoping Request’ to PINS next month, which sets out…

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China’s Fosun Tourism Group to acquire 75% of Thomas Cook

China’s Fosun Tourism Group to acquire 75% of Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook has agreed to a rescue deal with China’s Fosun Tourism Group, its banks, and a majority of its bondholders worth £900m, the group confirmed. The deal will see Fosun, which already owns 18% of the Thomas Cook Group, acquire 75% of the tour operator business and 25% of the airlines unit in return for a £450m capital injection. Meanwhile, Thomas Cook’s lending banks and bondholders will contribute a further £450m for 75% of…

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British Airways celebrates 100th birthday

British Airways celebrates 100th birthday

British Airways celebrated its 100th year anniversary over the weekend, with 25 August 2019 marking 100 years since the world’s first international scheduled flight launched under its predecessor, Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T). The airline has come a long way since that first flight between London and Paris operated on a single-engine De Haviland DH4A — it now flies over 145,000 passengers on 800 flights daily, serving 200 destinations worldwide. British Airways: A Short…

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