Virgin Atlantic has announced its intention to enter into a joint venture with China Eastern and Air France-KLM. The move is designed to provide customers with increased choice and connectivity across Europe and China.
Connect Airways chief executive, Mark Anderson, was today joined by over 200 Flybe leaders for the long-awaited unveiling of the airline’s new name. As it enters a new era, the carrier will now fly under the Virgin brand with the name, Virgin Connect.
As part of the plans the carrier has announced new flights from its northern base, the opening of a new Clubhouse and the refurbishment of Virgin Holidays’ v-room at the airport.
Virgin Atlantic is set to challenge what it brands as International Airlines Group’s “dominance” at London Heathrow, as it unveils its plans to significantly increase its long-haul route network at the airport.
Virgin Atlantic and GOL have announced a new codeshare agreement. The deal will allow customers to seamlessly connect from Virgin Atlantic’s new London Heathrow– São Paulo service onto flights across Brazil.
Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines are boosting flights between the UK and US from next summer, which sees Delta join Virgin in serving Gatwick Airport together for the first time.
Customers can now book flights on Virgin Atlantic’s brand-new Airbus A350 aircraft. The new planes feature an entirely redesigned upper-class cabin, as well as the airline’s new social space - the Loft.
A Virgin Atlantic flight has been forced to make an emergency landing in Boston after a fire broke out on board. A device, believed to be an external battery pack for a mobile phone, burst into flames on the Airbus A330.
Virgin Atlantic has appointed Corneel Koster to the role of executive vice president, customer. Koster joins Virgin from joint venture partner Delta Air Lines, where he currently holds the role of senior vice president - Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.
Mark Anderson has been appointed chief executive of Connect Airways. Jointly owned by Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and fund manager Cyrus Capital Partners, the new entity will take control of struggling regional carrier Flybe.
Virgin Atlantic is partnering with Air France-KLM to enhance the bluebiz small and medium-sized enterprise corporate loyalty programme in the UK. These up-and-coming businesses have always been key to the Virgin Atlantic brand, the airline said.