6 Responses

  1. Biggles209
    Biggles209 at |

    This would seem to increase the value of Virgin Atlantic to the Star Alliance – instead of mostly competing on the long haul routes, they are now bringing some feeder service to the table.

  2. Kevincm
    Kevincm at |

    I’m not convinced still. Virgin Atlantic will have to operate the grandfathered slots for 6 IATA seasons before applying to change them.

    And UK Domestic is a very tough market with the bottom eaten by EasyJet and Ryanair – and people not willing to pay a lot more than that these days.

    It’s one to watch, but considering BMI made a loss of £36 per pax on these routes, I can’t imagine Virgin doing much better right now…

  3. levy Flight
    levy Flight at |

    I would very much like Virgin to join Star Alliance. They need a presence in London.

  4. Raffles
    Raffles at |

    If Virgin had been given the Moscow rights, you may have been correct. They are now in the odd position of being given slots at Moscow and Heathrow for Moscow flights, but they cannot use them because the UK Government has chosen easyJet (from Gatwick) to be the 2nd licensed carrier flying to Moscow.

  5. Raffles
    Raffles at |

    Also worth noting that the record price for a Heathrow slot pair is US$50m, and in 3 years Virgin can claim that these 12 slot pairs are not viable on UK domestics and ask to use them for something else. For free.

    Flights will also be wet leased ….

  6. NB
    NB at |

    Virgin does attract some brand loyalty still and I should imagine that they are hoping to leverage this to fill these flights. They don’t have enough slots to run full blown shuttle services to Manchester, Edinburgh or Aberdeen so they will clearly not be targeting the point to point business traveller. If it’s just feeder traffic though, I wonder if their intercontinental service is sufficiently concentrated on time slots to make the service viable.

    If, of course, they could add the intercontinental service of UA, US, AC, Air New Zealand, South African, Thai etc., then that would be a different matter….