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Ruta Burbaite
Richard Branson axes Virgin Atlantic stake sale to Air France-KLM

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has reportedly backtracked on plans to sell a 31% stake of Virgin Atlantic to Air France-KLM. Branson will retain full control of the airline after scrapping the deal, which would have seen the Franco-Dutch group acquire a 51% majority stake in the carrier....


Rytis Beresnevicius
Flybe becomes Virgin Connect; a move crucial for Virgin Atlantic

Starting from 2020, Flybe will now officially be known as Virgin Connect. The rebranding, which was hinted since the Connect Airways consortium purchased the regional airline, and the partnership, secured crucial growth opportunities for Virgin Atlantic....


Merve Kara
Virgin Atlantic to phase out last A340s by end of 2019

Virgin Atlantic to phase out its last remaining Airbus A340-600s at the end of 2019 as it announces new order for 14 Airbus A330neos.  ...


Ruta Burbaite
‘Flymaybe’ no more: Flybe set for Virgin-led makeover

Once written-off as another European airline headed for collapse, the struggling British regional airline Flybe finally has the go ahead for new ownership. Virgin Atlantic’s Connect Airways (UK) has received approval by the European Commission to acquire and merge with the carrier and Stobart Air (Ireland). The Virgin-led consortium hopes the takeover will secure a better future for the airline, including improving its image: Flybe has been...


Paris Air Show
Airbus steals the show with 118 orders on first day

Half a day after the opening of the Paris Air Show, Airbus already accumulates three orders for its aircraft, including the launch customer for its newly-launched A321XLR, the long-range version of its best-selling A321neo....


AeroTime Team
Did a Virgin Atlantic Boeing really fly faster than sound?

"Fair winds and following seas" ‒ a Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner reached a thrilling speed of 801 mph while flying over the United States. While this ground speed seemingly leaves behind the speed of sound (767 mph), the jetliner did not, in fact, magically turn supersonic....


Clement Charpentreau
EU clears acquisition of 31% of Virgin Atlantic by Air France-KLM

The joint venture of Air France KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic pose no threat to competition within the European Economic Area, authorities find....


Ina Hladyshava
Virgin Atlantic drops idea of launching low-cost

British Virgin Atlantic Airways was numerously reported considering its own low-cost airline, however, ditched the plan this month, thinking it might negatively affect the brand....


Clement Charpentreau
AeroBrief | From big orders to strike shadow at Virgin Atlantic

What’s up above our heads on November 15, 2018? The Pentagon orders 255 additional F-35s from Lockheed Martin. Vietnam Airlines receives its first A321neo. The Professionals Pilots Union starts voting on a possible holiday strike at Virgin Atlantic. Airbus receives an order of 10 A320neos from SaudiGulf Airlines....


Zivile Zalagenaite
AeroBrief | Lufthansa cuts profit, AirAsia X rethinks A330neos

AirAsia X might not be bringing its A330neos fleet to 100 planes; Lufthansa posts a profit decline, blames rise of costs (and Eurowings); while Ryanair makes peace with one of its many unions, union situation is heating up for Virgin Atlantic.  ...