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Virgin traffic surges despite extending losses

Virgin traffic surges despite extending losses

30 July 2010 Airline News

Virgin Atlantic has experienced a surge in traffic over the past quarter as passenger desert strike-ridden rival British Airways. However this failed to prevent the long-haul carrier from registering heavy losses over the period.

Virgin Atlantic faces US federal investigation

Virgin Atlantic faces US federal investigation

24 June 2010 Airline News

United States Department of Transport secretary Ray LaHood has launched an investigation to ascertain if Virgin Atlantic committed “any violations” after a delayed flight saw 300 passengers stranded for four hours on the tarmac in Connecticut.

Branson eyes Virgin Atlantic merger

Branson eyes Virgin Atlantic merger

25 May 2010 Airline News

Sir Richard Branson has hinted that merging Virgin Atlantic with another carrier might be the only way to allow his airline to compete with the likes of United, Lufthansa and British Airways.

New ash flight rules set to come into force

New ash flight rules set to come into force

18 May 2010 Airline News

New measures developed by the Civil Aviation Authority are due to come into force today in an effort to reduce disruption caused by volcanic ash. Following talks between airlines, regulators, and aircraft manufacturers, the CAA has developed a new Time Limited Zone, allowing aircraft to fly through higher volumes of ash for shorter periods.

Virgin blew whistle on price-fixing to avoid millions in fines

Virgin blew whistle on price-fixing to avoid millions in fines

29 April 2010

Virgin Atlantic “blew the whistle” over its price-fixing cartel with British Airways as it became so scared of the financial consequences if US regulators found out. The fines would have run into millions so Virgin owned up in order to gain immunity from prosecution, a court was told.

BA price-fixing cartel heads to court

BA price-fixing cartel heads to court

26 April 2010 Airline News

The trial of four senior British Airways executives on accusations of price fixing has begun in London. The defendants agreed with Virgin Atlantic executives to fix fuel surcharges, which rose from £5 to £60 for a typical long-haul return ticket over an 18-month period.

OFT launches Virgin Atlantic price fixing probe

OFT launches Virgin Atlantic price fixing probe

23 April 2010 Airline News

Virgin Atlantic faces an Office of Fair Trading investigation into its pricing strategy for passengers on its London to Hong Kong service, following a Cathay Pacific decision to blow the whistle on alleged price collusion on the route. Virgin denies the allegations and plans to a “robust” defence.

Branson lambastes “lazy” EU over BA-AA tie-up

Branson lambastes “lazy” EU over BA-AA tie-up

12 April 2010 Airline News

Virgin Atlantic boss Sir Richard Branson has labelled EU competition commissioners as “lazy” and “misguided” as he ramps up the campaign against the planned alliance between British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia. The multi-billionaire is calling on Brussels to block the venture and is threatening to mount legal action.

Virgin Atlantic nets England World Cup role

Virgin Atlantic nets England World Cup role

17 March 2010 Airline News

In what will be seen by many as a snub to the troubled British Airways, long-haul carrier Virgin Atlantic has been appointed as the official airline of the England football team ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Virgin lashes out at BA-AA alliance

Virgin lashes out at BA-AA alliance

12 January 2010 Airline News

Virgin Atlantic has renewed its call to US regulators to deny the proposed venture between British Airways and American Airlines, arguing it will stiffle competition and lead to prices hikes on transatlantic routes.