Virgin Orbit has tried unsuccessfully to launch a rocket over the Pacific Ocean. A booster was released from under the wing of a Boeing 747 specially converted for the task, but exploded shortly afterwards.
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages president Tom McAlpin announced today that the line is officially open for business, with the company’s first ship, Scarlet Lady, now open for bookings.
Virgin Voyages’ first ship, Scarlet Lady, will feature Cuba as one of her voyage destinations during her inaugural season in 2020. The decision to sail to Cuba was influenced by customer and travel partner research it conducted in North America and the United Kingdom.
Air France-KLM has completed the acquisition of a 31 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic currently held by Virgin Group. The deal is valued at around £220 million and is part of an expanded transatlantic joint venture with Delta Air Lines.
Richard Branson was in earlier to reveal Virgin Voyages as the new identity for Virgin’s cruise line. Joined by the company’s president and chief executive Tom McAlpin, they announced the name and shared that Virgin Voyages has officially signed a ship building contract for three vessels with Italian master shipbuilder Fincantieri. The company will become the first cruise line to adopt the clean energy system, Climeon Ocean.
Virgin Cruises has unveiled plans to build three new ships ahead of its proposed launch in 2020. Revealing plans earlier, the company asked potential passengers for what they would like to see on board the new vessels.
Virgin Rail Group has confirmed details of its management team moving forward after chief executive Tony Collins and chief operating officer Chris Gibb announced plans to retire after combined service of nearly 25 years. Both will step down this month.
Virgin Atlantic, VisitBritain and London & Partners have announced a new partnership between the three organisations to entice more Australians to visit the UK. Following strong numbers from Australia over the last five years, the partners have now combined to continue to drive more tourism to London and beyond.