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Virgin Atlantic Resumes Flying

Virgin Atlantic resumed passenger flights on July 20, ending a three-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The first flight was London's Heathrow Airport to Hong Kong. The first service, operated by a Boeing 787-9 aptly named Leading Lady, had special measures implemented to ensure that passengers can fly safely. These included mandatory face masks and a Health Pack for each passenger, which included three masks, surface wipes and hand gel. Since this flight, Virgin has resumed services to two additional…

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…

Qantas Group and Virgin Australia Increase Flights

As flying programs across the globe get cut due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, one airline group will be increasing the number of flights operated. The Qantas Group has announced it will be adding additional flights to its schedule in cooperation with the Australian government. The group will be part…

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…

Virgin Atlantic Strengthens Manchester Services, Boosts Winter Gatwick Frequencies

Virgin Atlantic announced it will enhance its services from Manchester Airport, one of its secondary hubs in Northern England. The airline will increase frequencies on the Manchester-New York route by 65 percent and launch a three times weekly service to Barbados this winter. Nearly 30,000 additional seats will be offered…

Thinking Outside the Plane: Airlines With Non-Airline Branches

Back in 2017, AirlineGeeks took a look at aerospace brands that had alternative branches in other industries with companies like Boeing, Bombardier and General Electric making other products such as hydrofoils, monorails and diesel trains, respectively. But this is not limited to large engineering firms, with some airlines and their…

Delta and Virgin Atlantic Boost Transatlantic Venture with Route Announcements

Delta Air Lines will increase its capacity by 15 percent between London Heathrow and the East Coast of the U.S. as part of a joint venture to increase flights between the two countries with Virgin Atlantic. In comparison with this year, the changes will add an extra 10,000 seats per…

Delta and Virgin Atlantic Boost Transatlantic Venture with Route Announcements

Delta Air Lines will increase its capacity by 15 percent between London Heathrow and the East Coast of the U.S. as part of a joint venture to increase flights between the two countries with Virgin Atlantic. In comparison with this year, the changes will add an extra 10,000 seats per…

Virgin Atlantic Unveils Airbus A350 Cabin Interior

Virgin Atlantic has unveiled a new cabin that will be onboard incoming Airbus A350-1000s, with the first due to arrive this summer. Business class, or Upper Class, will have a lie-flat bed facing towards the window in a 1-2-1 configuration. The seats will be 20 inches wide and stretch to a length…

Regional Airline Flybe Rescued as Part of Virgin Atlantic Deal

U.K. airline Flybe is to be involved in a consortium led by Virgin Atlantic that will effectively rescue the regional airline. The news comes after months of uncertainty of the carrier, which carried 9.5 million passengers in 2017/2018 with an average load factor of 75.6 percent. The Downfall Although a…