Virgin Atlantic G-VNAP Sleeping Beauty Rejuvenated
Civil Aviation

Virgin Atlantic rejuvenates sleeping beauty

Virgin Atlantic (VS/VIR) has brought a stored Airbus A340 “Sleeping Beauty” back into its fleet to meet capacity whilst it awaits new aircraft to join the fleet. G-VNAP, An Airbus A340-600 known as “Sleeping Beauty” left the fleet in 2015 and was sent to Tarbes, France for storage where it [read more]

Virgin changes to A330-200 at Manchester
Civil Aviation

Virgin changes to A330-200 at Manchester

Virgin Atlantic is changing some A330 routes at Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC) to the smaller -200 version in 2018. Starting from March ’18, flights from Manchester to Atlanta (ATL/KATL) and New York (JFK/KJFK) will use the smaller Airbus A330 variant and from May ’18, Barbados (BGI/TBPB), Boston (BOS/KBOS) and San Francisco (SFO/KSFO) [read more]

Supersonic Airliner gets backing from 2nd airline
Civil Aviation

Supersonic Airliner gets backing from 2nd airline

A proposed supersonic airliner has received backing in the form of investment and options from Japan Airlines (JL/JAL), the 2nd airline to do so. The Japanese flag carrier is investing $10m in Colorado based Boom which is planning to build the first commercial supersonic airliner since Concorde, a plane that [read more]

Virgin Atlantic A330 (Image: VA)
Air Safety

Virgin Atlantic A330 clips wings with a 777 at JFK

A Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330 suffered damage to its wing yesterday after it’s wing was clipped by an Egypt Air Boeing 777 at New York’s JFK airport. The Virgin Atlantic aircraft, Airbus A330-300 G-VRAY, was  departing New York’s John F Kennedy Airport (JFK/KJFK) operating flight VS4 to London Heathrow when [read more]

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 G-VOWS (Image: Aviation Media Agency.)
Civil Aviation

Air France-KLM buys stake in Virgin Atlantic

Airline giant Air France-KLM has bought a stake in Virgin Atlantic equal to around a third of the company. The 31% stake, worth £220m GBP, leaves founder Sir Richard Branson Virgin Group with a minority holding of just 20%. Delta Airlines now holds the majority share of 49%. In an open [read more]