So the rumors were true. Delta has decided to buy Singapore’s 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic, and I’m a bit surprised. I was expecting something a little more (somehow involving Air France/KLM) for Delta to bother getting involved here, but I was wrong. That doesn’t mean it’s a … Read the post
It’s all just rumor, and that’s why I’m not writing about it yet. But I’m sure you guys want to talk about it. So what do you think about the idea of Delta buying a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic? Love it? Hate it? Smart? Stupid? Personally, I think it’s … Read the post
Virgin Atlantic made a little noise earlier this week when it announced it would begin three daily flights between Manchester and London/Heathrow using leased A319s. Will this actually happen? My money says it’s just political positioning as part of the fight over bmi’s slots. But hey, I’m sure someone … Read the post
Why it Took So Long for Virgin to Link All its Frequent-Flier Programs – Conde Nast Daily Traveler
You can now earn and redeem across Virgin airlines. What took so long?
Let’s keep the Virgin theme rolling this week, shall we? Last week, Chris Rossi, Virgin Atlantic’s Senior Vice President, North America was in town here in LA for Brit Week. While he was here, we were able to get together for half an hour to talk shop. I was hoping … Read the post
Airlines Start Tightening Belts as Fuel Prices Rise – BNET Headwinds
Fuel prices are on the rise and that means it’s time for airlines to start revisiting growth plans. Delta’s already done it.
Southwest Learns the Dangers of Unbridled Enthusiasm With Its Frequent Flier Relaunch – BNET Headwinds
Southwest is excited about its new frequent flier program, and it should be, but not everyone feels the same way. Southwest, however, isn’t acknowledging that and it really should.
The DOT has ruled once again that the “America” in Virgin America isn’t a lie. Despite Alaska Airlines’ efforts to have the airline ruled to be under foreign control, the DOT decided that wasn’t the case. But to get to that point, Virgin America had to make some real concessions … Read the post
It’s always good to see airplanes and trains coming together to make a more seamless travel experience. Now it appears that Virgin Atlantic has linked up with Eurostar to provide easy one-stop booking on Eurostar’s chunnel routes to Brussels and Paris. Unfortunately, the booking is the only thing that’s easy. … Read the post
Cranky is on vacation, but I’ve lined up some excellent guest bloggers for you while I’m gone. Today I have a guest who prefers to go only by “The Cardinal.” The Cardinal doesn’t pull punches, so hopefully this will generate some good discussion on both sides.
We take as … Read the post