Today’s announcement by Delta that it had secured a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic from Singapore Airlines for $360 million was the finale to a fevered, 10-day drama that began when the Sunday Times reported that Delta was making secret moves to buy a large portion of Richard Branson’s marquee airline.

As the days unfolded, it became clear that Delta’s pursuit of Virgin was about one thing: More slots at Heathrow for the SkyTeam Alliances, which was woefully underrepresented at one of Europe’s primary hubs. Below you’ll find Skift’s complete coverage of the events:

Photo Credit: A photo composite with Richard Branson and his new friends at Delta. Hardo Muller / Flickr.com