A Virgin Atlantic jumbo heading to Manchester was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger allegedly had a fight onboard with his wife and father-in-law at cruising altitude. The packed Boeing 747-400 was flying direct from Orlando, Florida, to Manchester but the pilot was forced to land in Newfoundland, Canada.
Virgin Atlantic has appointed Julie Southern as chief commercial officer with Tim Livett promoted to succeed her as chief financial officer at the airline. The move comes as the transatlantic carrier seeks to focus on growth and leveraging signs of recovery.
The United States department of transportation has mooted antitrust immunity for two aviation alliances offering services to Japan. The news comes on the same day British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia launched their long-awaited transatlantic tie-up.
American Airlines, British Airways and Spanish flag-carrier Iberia have signed a long-awaited strategic alliance that will see them cooperate on flights between Europe and North America. The deal had been vigorously opposed by transatlantic rival Virgin Atlantic, which claimed it would create a “monster monopoly”.
Pilots at Virgin Atlantic have reached a deal with airline representatives averting the threat of strike action. Following talks with the airline, pilots – represented by British Airline Pilots Association – have secured their target of a minimum of 120 rostered days off per annum.
Representatives from the British Air Line Pilots Association have reported “some progress” in attempts to resolve a disagreement with Virgin Atlantic following talks in London. The two sides are in dispute over holiday entitlement at the airline, with the threat of strike action looming.
Strong winds and choppy seas have forced Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson to abandon his attempt to set two world records by kite-boarding across the English Channel.
Air passengers face the threat of further chaos after news that Virgin Atlantic pilots could be planning a strike over a holiday entitlement dispute.
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.
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.
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.
Virgin Atlantic Airways, one of the world’s leading long-haul airlines, announced today the launch of their first-ever global marketing campaign: ‘Your Airline’s Either Got it or it Hasn’t.’