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Virgin is here to stay says Delta

A packed Aviation Club at the Institute of Directors heard Ed Bastian, President of Delta Airlines, deliver a forceful speech. 

Clearly the impending sale of Singapore Airlines’ 49% of Virgin Atlantic to the world’s largest air carrier was on everyone’s mind.  Various legal parameters have to be cleared but the deal is expected to be concluded in the autumn.  With Craig Kreeger, the new American CEO also sitting on the top table Mr Bastian made it clear that the Virgin-Delta coming together would be a true partnership “a partnership that we believe will drive great value for our customers, employees and our shareholders”.

“We are a marriage of two award-winning airlines, with great services and great brands”, he said.  “And let’s be clear that the Delta and Virgin brands are here to stay”.

“We complement one another well.  Virgin’s reach will expand with access to our US domestic network.  For Delta, the deal is a game-changer transforming our ability to compete on transatlantic routes.

Asked at an earlier briefing regarding the logistics of Delta in Heathrow T4 and Virgin T3, he said that any change of location was not a priority but it was something that needed to be focussed upon with regard to operating efficiency. www.delta.com

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