Virgin Atlantic Gains Heathrow Slots, Short-Haul Flights To Follow

Virgin Atlantic today announced it will soon begin short-haul services from London (Heathrow). While most airlines begin by flying nearer to home, the Crawley-based airline took a different approach operating inter-continental flights to popular business and holiday destinations instead.   28 years after its founding, the carrier has successfully secured all of the Heathrow slots … Continue reading

Airlines Plan Return To Libya

European and Middle Eastern carriers are preparing to restart flights to Libya, following the end of the country’s civil war, during which commercial aviation services were suspended. Major airlines, including Star Alliance members Austrian Airlines, BMI, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, Oneworld’s Malev and Royal Jordanian, Skyteam’s Alitalia, as well as Qatar Airways from the Middle East, have unveiled schedules for … Continue reading

Easyjet Launches London – Amman Services

European low cost carrier Easyjet has commenced flight operations between London (Gatwick) and Amman. The inaugural flight, U2 8909, is scheduled to arrive at Queen Alia International Airport in the evening following a 5-hour flight from the British capital, where it will be greeted by a red carpet reception marking the airline’s entry into the Middle East.   Departing … Continue reading

New Look Cabins For Austrian Airlines, BMI Mid-Haul Fleets

With increasing competition from low cost carriers and an aging product, European carriers are introducing upgrades for aircraft operating their important short- and mid-haul flight segments. This week, Lufthansa Group members Austrian Airlines and BMI unveiled new cabins for its short- and mid-haul fleets.   Austrian Airlines Vienna-based Austrian Airlines has begun fitting a new seat … Continue reading

Virgin Atlantic Celebrates 10 Years Of Flying To Las Vegas, To Introduce Manchester Flights Next Year

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of its London (Gatwick) – Las Vegas route, UK airline Virgin Atlantic unveiled a one-off flying lady on a Boeing 747-400 jet in the guise of burlesque star Dita Von Teese. In true Virgin style, the airline’s founder and President Sir Richard Branson joined Von Teese on the wing of her … Continue reading