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Virgin Atlantic to Discontinue Little Red Flights

Virgin Atlantic to Discontinue Little Red Flights

Virgin Atlantic announced it will discontinue its short-haul Little Red service next year.  The service currently offers flights between London Heathrow and Manchester, as well as Edinburgh and Aberdeen, Scotland.
Virgin will cease Little Red London-Manchester service at the end of March 2015, while its Little Red flights between London and both Edinburgh and Aberdeen are scheduled to operate through the end of September 2015.
The carrier first launched its Little Red …

British Airways Launches A380 Service Between London and Washington, D.C.

British Airways Launches A380 Service Between London and Washington, D.C.

British Airways announced the launch of Airbus A380 superjumbo service on its route between London Heathrow and Washington Dulles International Airport.
The airline will operate the A380 on five flights a week between the two capital cities through the end of October, at which point the A380 service will begin to operate daily.  The flights will be in addition to the carrier’s daily Boeing 747 service, and its thrice weekly 777 …

Air China to Begin Second Daily Flight Between Beijing and London Heathrow

Air China to Begin Second Daily Flight Between Beijing and London Heathrow

Air China announced that it will add a second daily flight to its Beijing-London Heathrow service on October 26.  The additional flight will operate using Airbus A330-200 aircraft and the carrier will also begin using A330-200s on its other flight connecting the two cities as of October 26.
The airline’s new flights will depart Beijing at 2:30 p.m. and arrive in London at 5:50 p.m.  From London, flights will depart at …

Airbus Delivers Qatar Airways’ First A380

Airbus Delivers Qatar Airways’ First A380

Qatar Airways announced that it took delivery of its first Airbus A380 on Wednesday.  The carrier currently has nine more superjumbos on order.
Qatar plans to put the plane into service on its route between Doha’s Hamad International Airport and London Heathrow, followed by its Doha-Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport route.
The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine plane that had its first flight in 2005 and entered commercial service in …

Virgin Atlantic to Increase Transatlantic Offerings, Discontinue Service to Narita, Mumbai, and Cape Town

Virgin Atlantic to Increase Transatlantic Offerings, Discontinue Service to Narita, Mumbai, and Cape Town

Virgin Atlantic announced multiple changes to its schedule including the discontinuation of service to several major cities.
Virgin will add an extra daily flight between London Heathrow and both New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles.  In addition, the airline will add an additional seasonal flight between Heathrow and Miami during the winter, as well as an additional flight to San Francisco and Atlanta during the summer.
Virgin will also …

Etihad Takes 49% Stake in Alitalia

Etihad Takes 49% Stake in Alitalia

Etihad Airways announced it has reached an agreement under which it will acquire 49% of Alitalia, the flag carrier of Italy, at a news conference.
Under the agreement, which is scheduled to close by the end of the year, Etihad is taking a 49% stake in the airline for €387.5 million as well as a €112.5 million stake to acquire 75% of Alitalia Loyalty Spa, the entity which operates MilleMiglia, the …

Crossing the Pond: Assessing British Airways’ Competition in First and Business between London and New York

London Heathrow from the air

New York-London is one of the busiest markets for business travel. The route links two of the world’s most important financial hubs and it is also the busiest intercontinental route in the world. In 2012, over 3.6 million passengers flew from London Heathrow to New York.
The competitive nature of the route has made it necessary for airlines to continually practice one-upmanship, and this has resulted in the introduction of many …