19 MARCH 2018

YOUR WORDS


Readers are invited to add their comments to any story. Click on the article to see and add.

BTN DISTRIBUTION

BTN also goes out by email every Sunday night at midnight (UK time). To view this edition click here.

Index

Email this Page
Bookmark

The Business Travel News
PO Box 758
Edgware HA8 4QF
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 8952 8383
info@btnews.co.uk
© 2020 Business Travel News Ltd.

Article from BTNews 19 MARCH 2018

Loss for Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic chief executive Craig Kreeger was the speaker at last week’s Airlines UK annual lecture held at Ince & Co LLP.

The timing was inappropriate, with the airline announcing just 48hr later its results for 2017 showing a £48.5m after-tax loss compared with a £187m profit for 2016.

When asked about last year, all Kreeger would say was that the effective devaluing of the pound sterling had meant a 20% drop in UK bookings, partially adjusted by a pick-up with US business. The swap of routes with partner airline Delta which gave Virgin Seattle and Detroit to the American carrier was a success, Kreeger said, noting that the Virgin brand was very much established in the Pacific Northwest.

This year is now set for Virgin with the airline completing delivery of its final and 17th Boeing B787-9. Next year will be a significant one, with the expected completion of an investment arrangement which leaves Delta holding 49% of Virgin Atlantic, 31% Air France-KLM and 20% Virgin Group. Delta has a 10% share of Air France-KLM.

Virgin will also take delivery of the first of 12 Airbus A350-1000s which could open up the holy grail of long-haul flights, London Sydney nonstop, Sydney also being also served by Delta from the US. All Virgin’s four-engined aircraft will have gone by 2021.

www.virginatlantic.com

Index/Home page
 

OUR READERS' FINEST WORDS (All times and dates are GMT)

All comments are filtered to exclude any excesses but the Editor does not have to agree with what is being said. 100 words maximum


No one has commented yet, why don't you start the ball rolling?


Add your comment

First Name
Surname
Email Address
Company (Not obligatory)
Country/City
Comment
- You must be a registered subscriber using the email address entered to submit a comment, or you will be sent a confirmation email before your comment will appear.
- Your comment will be checked before appearing, which may take several working hours.
www.btnews.co.uk