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Virgin 3 and Speedbird 1 lifting off Heathrow's runway's at the same time. (Photo: James Oates @speedbird_uk)

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Synchronize Departures to Celebrate U.S. Reopening

More than 600 days after the U..S.'s travel ban was introduced aimed to reduce the spread of coronavirus infections, arch-rivals British Airways and Virgin Atlantic momentarily put rivalries aside as both airlines departed from London Heathrow to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, symbolizing the end of restrictions on travel to the U.S. At 8:50 a.m."Speedbird One" and "Virgin Three" both lined up on runway 27L and 27R respectively at the same time, and on the countdown from Heathrow Tower,…