All posts tagged "Virgin Atlantic Airways"

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    Virgin Atlantic to Cease Hong Kong to Sydney

    Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline has blamed “increasing costs and a challenging economic environment” for its decision to cease its Sydney to Hong Kong service as from 5th May 2014. The last flight departing Hong Kong to Sydney will be on 4th May. The airline said the route was no longer considered profitable. Virgin...

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    Delta Acquires 49% of Virgin and Announces New Codeshare Agreement

    Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways today (Monday 24th June) detailed a codeshare agreement across 108 routes that offers customers seamless connections to 66 destinations across North America and the UK.  The codeshare announcement coincides with Delta acquiring a 49% stake in Virgin, the next step towards a full joint venture...

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    Delta and Virgin Atlantic to Form Strategic Alliance

    Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways have reached an agreement for a new joint venture that will create an expanded transatlantic network and enhance competition between the UK and North America, offering greater benefits for customers travelling on those routes. As part of this joint venture agreement, Delta will invest US$360 million in...

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    Aer Lingus Agrees to Deal with Virgin

    Aer Lingus  and Virgin Atlantic Airways have announced that they have reached preliminary agreement under which it is planned that Aer Lingus will ‘wet lease’ aircraft to operate certain short-haul routes for Virgin. Specifically, Aer Lingus plans to lease to Virgin four Airbus A320-200 aircraft together with all crew, all maintenance, hull...

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    Virgin Renews Online Digital Strategy

    Virgin Atlantic Airways is introducing a renewed online digital strategy, including a revamped website, following research by eDigitalResearch that suggested the carrier could see immediate benefits and return on investment. Recent feedback into customer thinking from across various customer journeys, including online check-ins and non-bookers, showed that an overhaul to the website...

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    EC Clears IAG Acquisition of BMI

    The European Commission has given the go-ahead for the acquistion of British Midland International by the International Airlines Group, parent company of British Airways and Iberia. IAG said: “Some technical conditions need to be finalised before completion, which is anticipated to take place around 20th April 2012.” The approval comes after IAG...

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    Kristin Skinner Wins Trip to California

    Virgin Atlantic Airways’ Terry Smith and Janice Scott, along with their partners the Los Angeles and San Francisco tourist boards, invited the Irish travel trade to celebrate what’s new for the airline in 2012, with new aircraft and upgrading of the Economy Class product. A £100 million investment is proof of 100%...

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    Virgin Airlines Link Frequent Flyer Programmes

    Members of Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club, Virgin America’s Elevate and Virgin Australia’s Velocity loyalty schemes can now earn and redeem miles and status points when flying with either of the other two airlines. Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic, said: “The enhanced frequent flyer programme allows us to offer even greater...

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    Prize Draw Produces Nine Lucky Winners

    As always, the 20th Irish Travel Trade Awards event offered all attendees the chance to win a...

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    Virgin Atlantic Awards Top Irish Agents

    The importance of the Irish market was reinforced by the presence of Virgin Atlantic Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, Julie Southern, at the airline’s annual Irish Agents Awards Dinner, held at the Morgan Hotel in Dublin last week. The ever-popular Terry Smith, fresh from his winning performance at the F-Factor event in London,...

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    Join the Awards Party – and Win a Prize!

    As always, the 20th Irish Travel Trade Awards event, taking place this Friday at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin, will offer all attendees the chance to win one of many great lucky draw prizes, including tickets for two from leading airlines. To whet your appetite, these will include the following – and we...

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    Virgin Atlantic Launches Twitter Service

    Virgin Atlantic Airways passengers can now check their flight status on Twitter with a new @VAAInfo service. Tweet any flight number and departure date and the service will tweet back within seconds with the real-time flight departure and arrival information. For multi-sector flights, the departure airport will also be requested.

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    Virgin Atlantic to Fly London Heathrow – Vancouver

    Virgin Atlantic Airways will operate non-stop flights from London Heathrow Airport to Vancouver four times weekly from 24th May to 25th October next summer – and hopes to expand the service to all-year-round. Chief Executive Steve Ridgway told the Vancouver Sun on Friday that the flights will be operated by an A340-300...

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    Virgin Atlantic Invests £100m in New Product

    Virgin Atlantic Airways has announced a £100 million investment in product development as it reported a strong year of trading and a return to profit. Despite the winter closure of London Heathrow and the Ash Cloud crisis costing the business a combined £40 million, strong growth in business traffic and solid load...