Articles tagged “virgin atlantic”

Virgin Atlantic Steps In to Save Flybe

Virgin Atlantic Steps In to Save Flybe

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It's good news for regional passengers who rely on Flybe's services, but Virgin Atlantic will have plenty of work to do to make sure it can make the most of a combined long-haul, short-haul operation.

1 month ago

Virgin Atlantic Pilots Are Extending Their Holiday Season Strikes

Virgin Atlantic Pilots Are Extending Their Holiday Season Strikes

Jacqueline Poh, Bloomberg

It doesn't matter that this is only a third or so of pilots: Consumers don't know the difference. It's good news for their competitors.

2 months ago

Virgin Atlantic Looked at Launching a Low-Cost Airline

Virgin Atlantic Looked at Launching a Low-Cost Airline

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Yet another airline trying figure out how to compete with low-cost airlines, Virgin Atlantic opted not to launch its own — figuring the damage to its brand would be too high a price to pay. Noble move, yes, but let's see if its alternative of splitting its economy class into three price categories works.

2 months ago

Virgin Atlantic Explores Flybe Acquisition

Virgin Atlantic Explores Flybe Acquisition

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Virgin Atlantic's Little Red domestic brand was not a success. It seems strange then that the carrier is exploring a bid for a short-haul airline, which has had its own struggles in recent years.

3 months ago

EasyJet Connects With Virgin Atlantic’s Long-Haul Flights

EasyJet Connects With Virgin Atlantic’s Long-Haul Flights

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

EasyJet is being savvy about expanding a program with various long-haul carriers that enables its passengers to book connecting flights with other airlines to non-European destinations on the budget carrier's own website. The move makes sound strategic sense.

5 months ago

Virgin Group Announces New Loyalty Program Powered by Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Group Announces New Loyalty Program Powered by Virgin Atlantic

Grant Martin, Skift

It'll be nice to see a unified loyalty program that will be usable on all Virgin properties from trains to retail to airplanes. Unfortunately, we still don't know much about what the program will look like.

6 months ago

Virgin Atlantic Names New CEO as Richard Branson Gives Up Control

Virgin Atlantic Names New CEO as Richard Branson Gives Up Control

Kaye Wiggins, Bloomberg

Virgin Atlantic has not performed as well financially as many other European airlines. Much of the problem is the airline's scale. It is too small to compete effectively with Europe's behemoth airline groups. But Craig Kreeger is the CEO, and the CEO has to be accountable. It's unsurprising he is stepping down.

8 months ago

FAA Restricts Flying Range of Dreamliners With Potentially Faulty Engines

FAA Restricts Flying Range of Dreamliners With Potentially Faulty Engines

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

A U.S. safety watchdog ordered restrictions on 14 Boeing 787 Dreamliners after a glitch was discovered in their Rolls-Royce engines. The flying public should be grateful for corruption-free, airline safety inspectors who are willing to err on the side of caution.

10 months ago

Airlines Struggle to Keep Dreamliners Flying Because of Engine Issues

Airlines Struggle to Keep Dreamliners Flying Because of Engine Issues

Christopher Jasper, Benjamin Katz and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Worldwide, the airline industry is booming. But there's at least one problem. Airlines are struggling with reliability problems with two engines types — one from Pratt & Whitney and the other from Rolls Royce. Airlines are having to remove planes from service, and they hate that. Aircraft only make money when they fly.

10 months ago

Virgin Atlantic Is Struggling to Cope With Low-Cost Competition

Virgin Atlantic Is Struggling to Cope With Low-Cost Competition

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Competition from legacy carriers and a new generation of long-haul discounters might just be too much for Richard Branson. How else to explain his decision to sell a significant stake in Virgin Atlantic to Air France-KLM?

11 months ago

Virgin Atlantic Struggles with Boeing 787 Engine Trouble

Virgin Atlantic Struggles with Boeing 787 Engine Trouble

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Virgin Atlantic can't operate planes with unreliable engines, so it has little choice. But for passengers who have to fly a former Air Berlin Airbus A330, instead of a snazzy Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787, this is a major downgrade.

12 months ago

Virgin Atlantic Does Not Expect Brexit to Harm U.S. Open Skies Agreement

Virgin Atlantic Does Not Expect Brexit to Harm U.S. Open Skies Agreement

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Virgin Atlantic CEO Craig Kreeger was reassured that Open Skies will be preserved after his meetings with key political stakeholders in the United States. Here's hoping.

12 months ago