Virgin Atlantic Plots South America Entry, Expands In India

By David Casey Jun 05, 2023
Virgin Atlantic revealed plans to open a route from London Heathrow to São Paulo, Brazil—marking its South American debut—as well as a new route to India.
Airports & Networks

Virgin Atlantic To Restart Flights To Dubai After Four-Year Absence

By Aaron Karp Jun 02, 2023
The airline is restarting flights from its London Heathrow Airport base.
Airports & Networks

Virgin Atlantic Launches Korean Air Codeshare

By David Casey Mar 27, 2023
The partnership marks Virgin Atlantic’s entry to the South Korean market.
Airports & Networks

Virgin Atlantic Makes It Official, Joins SkyTeam Alliance

By Alan Dron Mar 02, 2023
Virgin Atlantic formally joined the SkyTeam alliance March 2, becoming the grouping’s first UK member.
Airlines & Lessors

Virgin Atlantic To Join SkyTeam In March

By Victoria Moores Feb 13, 2023
Virgin Atlantic, which announced plans to join SkyTeam in September 2022, will become SkyTeam’s first and only UK member airline.
Airlines & Lessors

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Map Out China Return

By David Casey Feb 03, 2023
The UK airlines will resume their Chinese networks during the first half of the year.
Airports & Networks

U.S. Fines Virgin Atlantic For Illegal Iraq Overflight

By Victoria Moores Jan 18, 2023
Virgin Atlantic was fined $1.05 million for operating Delta Air Lines codeshare flights over Iraq while a U.S. ban was in place.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Virgin Atlantic Cuts Hong Kong From Network

By Aaron Karp Oct 06, 2022
The carrier had planned to resume flights to the Asian hub in March 2023.
Airports & Networks

Virgin Atlantic Anticipates Return To Profit In 2023

By Victoria Moores Apr 06, 2022
UK long-haul carrier Virgin Atlantic is expecting to significantly narrow its losses in 2022 and return to profitability in 2023, after posting a £594 million ($778.7 million) pre-tax loss for 2021.
Airlines & Lessors

Virgin Atlantic, Neste, ExxonMobil Sign SAF Deal

By Victoria Moores Feb 09, 2022
UK long-haul carrier Virgin Atlantic has agreed to take 2.5 million liters (660,000 gal.) of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Neste, marking the airline’s first commercial SAF commitment.
Airlines & Lessors

Virgin Atlantic Adds Economy Seats In New A350 Configuration

By Alan Dron Sep 06, 2021
Virgin Atlantic is shrinking the business-class cabin inside some of its A350-1000s to make way for more economy seats in a new seating layout tailored for certain leisure routes, beginning with flights from London Heathrow to Orlando, Florida.
Interiors & Connectivity

Virgin Atlantic, Middle East Airlines Codeshare Targets Diaspora

By Alan Dron Jul 28, 2021
Virgin Atlantic has announced a unilateral codeshare agreement with Middle East Airlines (MEA) offering connections between the U.S. and Beirut via London Heathrow Airport
Airlines & Lessors

United Airlines Plans Supersonic Future With Boom Overture Orders

By Guy Norris Jun 03, 2021
The United deal, which also covers options for 35 additional aircraft, envisages introduction of the first civil supersonic services on trans-Atlantic and Pacific routes by 2029.
Airlines & Lessors

Virgin Atlantic CEO Sees Full Fleet Flying This Fall

By Helen Massy-Beresford Apr 21, 2021
Virgin Atlantic should be flying its full fleet again by October or November, according to its CEO, who predicted yields would start to stabilize from the start of 2022.
Airlines & Lessors

Virgin Atlantic Boosts Balance Sheet Again

By Alan Dron Mar 16, 2021
Virgin Atlantic has taken a further step to bolster its liquidity as it awaits the hoped-for return of passengers later this year. 
Airlines & Lessors

Virgin Atlantic Drops Planned Manchester-India Routes

By David Casey Dec 14, 2020
Virgin Atlantic has pulled the planned launch of two routes between the UK and India that had been scheduled to start during the coming weeks.
Airports & Networks

Virgin Atlantic Sets 747 Retirement Date, Resumes Manchester Flights

By Victoria Moores Dec 04, 2020
UK long-haul carrier Virgin Atlantic is expecting to perform its final Boeing 747 flight on Dec. 16 and has announced plans to resume operations from Manchester, England, on Dec. 5 after a nine-month break.
Airlines & Lessors

Delta, Virgin To Trial COVID-19 Testing For Transatlantic Flights

By Victoria Moores Nov 27, 2020
Joint-venture partners Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic have separately announced COVID-19 testing trials on specific transatlantic routes.
Airlines & Lessors

Virgin Atlantic A ‘Willing Partner’ If Flybe Is Revived, CEO Says

By David Casey Nov 12, 2020
Virgin Atlantic would be willing to partner with Flybe should the UK regional airline’s planned resurrection come to fruition.
Airlines & Lessors

Virgin Atlantic To Cut More Jobs As Recovery Plan Gets Green Light

By Helen Massy-Beresford Sep 04, 2020
While Virgin Atlantic has completed the financial and legal steps required to begin its COVID-19 recovery, the airline is moving forward with plans to cut a further 1,150 jobs.
Airlines & Lessors

Virgin Atlantic Nears Final Approval Of Restructuring Plan

By Alan Dron Sep 02, 2020
Plans for the financial restructuring of long-haul specialist Virgin Atlantic were approved by the English High Court in London Sept. 2.
Airlines & Lessors

Virgin Atlantic Extending Network To Pakistan

By Alan Dron Aug 27, 2020
Virgin Atlantic plans to serve Pakistan for the first time as it seeks to boost passenger numbers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Airports & Networks

Virgin Atlantic Creditors Back Restructuring Plan

By Victoria Moores Aug 25, 2020
Virgin Atlantic’s creditors have voted in favor of the UK long-haul carrier’s £1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) restructuring plan, ahead of two key court hearings to finalize the process on Sept. 2 and Sept. 3.
Airlines & Lessors

Virgin Atlantic Seeks Bankruptcy Protection In U.S. Court

By Karen Walker Aug 04, 2020
UK carrier Virgin Atlantic, which is 49% owned by Delta Air Lines, filed for bankruptcy protection in a New York court Aug. 4. The move comes just…
Airlines & Lessors

Virgin Atlantic Agrees To $1.5B Recapitalization Package

By Alan Dron Jul 14, 2020
Virgin Atlantic has unveiled a long-awaited restructuring deal that will pump much-needed money into the UK long-haul specialist.
Airlines & Lessors