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Virgin Atlantic Struggles to Crew July Flights Following Redundancies

Virgin Atlantic has written to its pilots asking for volunteers to operate flights in July, admitting it didn't have enough crew to cover all flights, following the announcement from the airline regarding the resumption of flights next month. An internal email seen by AirlineGeeks was sent out by the Crewing Duty Manager, saying, "We have a number of trips in open time for July that we could not cover at the rostering stage. Therefore we are asking if any of…

Virgin Atlantic Announces Resumption of Additional Routes, Grows Caribbean Network

As demand slowly returns from the dramatic decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines are beginning to announce the recommencement of services. European airlines were particularly hard hit as restrictions went up across the continent and around the world. Virgin Atlantic chose to suspend passenger operations in April to focus…

British Airways, Ryanair, easyJet Take Legal Action Against U.K. Quarantine…

The British government’s new COVID-19 quarantine policy, effective from June 8, has sprung escalating tensions between some of the country's largest airlines and the government itself. British Airlines, specifically, launched legal action in a bid to block the planned 14-day self-isolation plan for arrivals beginning Monday. In addition to a…

U.K.’s New Quarantine Restrictions Delay Return of Virgin Atlantic’s Passenger…

On June 8 the government of the United Kingdom will implement a 14-day mandatory self-isolation rule for all travelers arriving into the country. Throughout the crisis, there have been no self-isolation or quarantine measures in place for arrivals into the U.K. by any means of transportation. The new measures come…

Virgin Atlantic to Remove 3,150 Jobs and Boeing 747 Fleet

Virgin Atlantic has announced that up to a third of its workforce will be made redundant as the airline attempts to "reshape and resize" itself for the future. On top of the job cuts, Virgin will remove the Boeing 747 from its fleet and will also move out of Gatwick…

At a Glance: European Airlines Response to COVID-19

As the effects of the global pandemic take full effect across the world, the bosses of major airlines across Europe have begun to announce what measures they will take to help protect their airlines for future operations. Some have decided to defer orders, others have decided to expedite the retirements…

Richard Branson Offers Private Island to Secure Rescue Money for…

Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson has stated in a public letter that he is willing to offer his private island as security against any deal from the U.K. government. Although the tycoon has committed $250 million of his own money, Virgin Atlantic says it requires around an extra $615…

Virgin Atlantic Adds New Manchester to Delhi Service

Virgin Atlantic announced last week that it would be starting flights from Manchester to Delhi from October 26. The flight will operate three times per week on Airbus A330-200s, fitted with Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class cabins to seat 266 passengers, according to Routesonline. The flight times are as follows,…

Delta, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic Launch New Partnership

What is being billed as the ‘World’s Leading Partnership’ was launched this week by Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Air France. The joint venture (JV) by the four airlines expands on existing JVs between the U.S. carrier and the U.K. and European carriers. Delta CEO Ed Bastian stated:…

Virgin Atlantic Expands A350 Routes for Summer, Doubles Down in…

In preparation for the busy 2020 summer travel season, Virgin Atlantic has announced four new routes for its newest flagship aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000 XWB. Having started service with the airline on the London-New York JFK route, next year will see the aircraft expand to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Johannesburg…