Showing posts with label Virgin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Virgin. Show all posts

11 December, 2012

Delta To Buy Virgin Stake

The US airline, Delta has agreed a super deal to buy the 49% Singapore Airlines' stake in Virgin Atlantic for $360m (£224m).

Virgin Group and Sir Richard Branson will retain a 51% shareholding, and the Virgin brand will remain in place, the new partners said in a joint statement.   Obviously the deal is subject to regulatory approval in both the US and Europe.  Already expected is a challenge from the horrifically immoral Willie Walsh,  boss of IAG group, owners of BA and financially crippled Iberia.    
Mr Walsh offered to wager a "knee in the groin" in a bet with Sir Richard over whether the Virgin brand would still be around in five years.  However Branson, hit back offering a £1million bet offered by Sir Richard on Monday.

Virgin and Delta said the deal would allow allow them to "overcome slot constraints" and offer more flights from Heathrow.  The carriers will operate 31 peak-day round trips between the UK and North America.  "Our new partnership with Virgin Atlantic will strengthen both airlines and provide a more effective competitor between North America and the UK, particularly on the New York-London route," said Delta boss Richard Anderson.

Sir Richard said it was an "exciting day" in Virgin's history.  "It signals the start of a new era of expansion, financial growth and many opportunities for our customers and our business."  Singapore Airlines says it is selling its stake, which it has owned since 1999, because of increased competition in its local market, where it wants to keep its focus.

Loizos Heracleous, professor of strategy and organization at Warwick Business School, said the airline had always faced this issue and that the move really reflected Singapore Airline's disappointment with its investment.
"Singapore Airlines has made it known years ago that it was considering options with respect to its Virgin stake. Virgin Atlantic has not been very profitable, posting a loss for the most recent financial year and slim returns in the years where it did make profits.
Singapore Airlines has itself launched a low-cost carrier, Scoot, and has been putting money into its regional service, SilkAir.

20 August, 2012

Short of fuel - a common problem?

Emergency: Two Virgin planes needed priority landing because of running low on fuel after flying from America Two Virgin Atlantic passenger jets issued emergency alerts on the same day this year because they were running out of fuel.  Air traffic controllers dealt with a total of four low-fuel emergencies at Stansted Airport, Essex, that day  – including a ‘mayday’ call.

Two were Virgin 747s, which can carry 451 passengers each. They needed priority landing after flying from America, according to an investigation by the Exaro website.

09 July, 2012

Virgin Blue High Tech Inflight Entertainment

Virgin America's Techie In-Flight Entertainment SystemVirgin America's new in-flight entertainment system will help passengers multitask. (Photo: Virgin America)
Gone are the days when a cross-country flight meant being stuck for hours without a way to contact the outside world. In-flight connectivity is going mainstream. Virgin America--one of the most tech-embracing airlines in the nation--announced substantial tech upgrades to its in-flight entertainment system at the Airline Passenger Experience Association Expo in Seattle today.

27 May, 2011

Virgin America Comes To Chicago


Chicago travellers have another airline option as of Wednesday, when Virgin America launched its first operations out of O’Hare International Airport.

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, along with Chicago officials and business leaders, visited the airport Wednesday to welcome two inaugural Virgin Airlines flights that arrived at O’Hare’s Terminal 3, according to a release from the city’s Department of Aviation.

04 May, 2011

Virgin Blue renamed Virgin Australia


Richard Branson (R) and Virgin Australia CEO, John Borghetti (L) arrive on the new airline's Airbus A330-200 at Sydney Airport.

Richard Branson (R) and Virgin Australia CEO, John Borghetti (L) arrive on the new airline's Airbus A330-200 at Sydney Airport. Photo: AFP

Richard Branson has finally unveiled one of the worst-kept secrets in Australian aviation.

The English entrepreneur and publicity seeker jetted into Sydney this morning aboard an aircraft emblazoned with the new name of Australia’s second-largest airline.