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Old January 5th, 2006, 01:00 AM   #41
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Virgin America has a website already:

This will be Branson's fifth Virgin airline:

- Virgin Atlantic - long haul worldwide full service carrier based in London
- Virgin Express - short haul low(ish) cost based in Brussels
- Virgin Blue - short haul low cost in Australia
- Virgin Nigeria - Nigeria's new national airline will make Lagos the hub of Africa
- Virgin America - short haul low cost based in San Francisco
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Old January 5th, 2006, 11:52 PM   #42
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^and Virgin Blue's subsidiary, Pacific Blue!
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Old January 6th, 2006, 12:52 AM   #43
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scrapping Pacific Blue and creating a fully-fledged new Australian international airline..... like Virgin Pacific, they'd be able to capitalise on the Pacific routes pretty much straight away under the bilateral AUS-US air agreement (any American or Australian airline can fly as much as they want between the two countries).

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Old February 8th, 2006, 03:43 AM   #44
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Virgin Atlantic introduces a sixth daily New York service

Virgin Atlantic Airways today announced that it will be introducing an additional daily JFK service, increasing its flights between Heathrow and New York from five to six a day. The new daily service will be the airline’s second daylight flight from New York and will operate from 1 July 2006.

Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic, said:

"I am delighted that Virgin Atlantic is increasing its services to New York from five to six services a day. New York was Virgin Atlantic’s first route and remains our biggest route and as this expansion shows, the demand for travel to the destination continues to go from strength to strength. This new service means that we can carry up to 200,000 extra passengers to ?the Big Apple’ each year.

"Upper Class passengers flying to New York can enjoy our award winning Upper Class Suite plus four limo transfers per return journey, Drive Thru Check In at Heathrow, the brand new Clubhouse at Heathrow including Cowshed Spa and Bumble and bumble hair salon, inflight beauty therapy and on board bar.?

"With the addition of this New York service, we have also made some great schedule improvements making our well timed flights without a doubt the best way to travel to New York."

In conjunction with the new JFK service, from the 1 July 2006 the VS009 will change from its current 1805 departure to a new Heathrow departure time of 1600. These changes will allow Virgin Atlantic to bring the VS010 departure from JFK forward to 2125.

Virgin Atlantic launched flights between London and New York - Newark in June 1984 and services to JFK in August 1989. Since then Virgin has flown over 12 million passengers between London and New York.

The new daylight JFK service will depart Heathrow at 18:00 and arrive into JFK at 21:00. The return flight will leave JFK at 07:30 and arrive back into Heathrow at 19:10 the same day. This service will operate using an Airbus 340-600 aircraft and will be configured with 45 Upper Class seats, 28 Premium Economy seats and 223 in Economy.

Virgin Atlantic currently flies to 25 destinations worldwide. Services to Dubai will launch on 27 March 2006 and services to Jamaica will launch on 03 July 2006.
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Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd., the U.K.'s number two long-haul carrier, may add more flights to China and South America.

The airline has wanted to start flights to Beijing "for quite some time" and it is also looking at other cities in China, Chief Executive Officer Steve Ridgway said in an interview today in Shanghai. He didn't name any specific South American destinations.

Virgin also expects to hear by year-end how many takeoff and landing slots it will get at Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, following International Consolidated Airlines Group SA's acquisition of BMI in April.

The carrier has asked for 12 of the slots that IAG, the parent of British Airways, was ordered to give up as a condition for approval of the BMI deal.

"These slots are very important," Ridgway said in a Bloomberg TV interview. "It's tough because Heathrow is very full."

The carrier, which has also applied to start flights to Scotland, holds 3 percent of Heathrow's takeoff and landing pairs compared with IAG's 51 percent.

The start of Beijing flights will depend on the availability of Heathrow slots and the arrival of Boeing Co. 787s that would be used on the route, Ridgway said.

Virgin expects to start receiving its 16 on-order 787s in the second half of 2014. The carrier already flies to Shanghai and Hong Kong in Greater China.

Virgin may also "one day" join one of the three global airline alliances, Ridgway said. The airline last year began a review of strategic options after British Airways and American Airlines boosted cooperation on trans-Atlantic routes.

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