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Clement Charpentreau
Riding the storm: British Airways 747 breaks transatlantic record

With the help of tailwinds from the Storm Ciara, several airliners crossed the Atlantic Ocean in record time. The ultimate winner was a Boeing 747 operated by British Airways that made the trip in four hours and fifty-six minutes, reaching speeds above 1,287 kilometers per hour. The previous record was held by a Norwegian Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which made the crossing in five hours and thirteen minutes in January 2018.   New record fo...


Rytis Beresnevicius
Airline consolidation in Europe: worrying times for the industry

Seemingly, consolidation has become the main word when discussing the trends within the aviation industry, especially in Europe. But, essentially, what is consolidation and how it is affecting the skies above Europe?...


Rytis Beresnevicius
What would Flybe collapse mean for the United Kingdom?

Interesting developments concluded this week, as Flybe was on the brink of collapse. Curiously, though, with the backing of Virgin Atlantic-led consortium, this should not have happened. So, why did it and why was Flybe saved by the British government?...


Rytis Beresnevicius
IAG reports to EU regarding British Government help to Flybe

After the British Government stepped in to help Flybe, International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways, complained to the European Union regarding the governmental intervention....


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....