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    The Sunday Times has reported that Richard Branson’s airline faces record loss.

    Virgin Atlantic is facing record annual losses of £135m, raising fears of job cuts at the airline founded by Sir Richard Branson, the paper reports.

    An internal memo sent by the airline’s new chief executive, Craig Kreeger, warned that its financial performance is “well behind where we anticipated”.

    Ballooning fuel costs and increased competition on transatlantic services are blamed for the losses, which follow a £80.2m deficit last year.


    So.. anyone worried or do we feel virgin will pull through?
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    I think they will pull through I think its the APD that is killing a lot of these airlines, it adds so much to the cost of flights and people just can't afford to go. Now that they have merged I think it's a good thing

    If it folds it will be the end of our trips accross the Atlantic we can only go because of the Flying Club offers









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    I don't know how much of the loss was because of all the refurbs taking place... if so then it's understandable in a way (even though I don't think the refurbs were brilliant, certainly not for pe)

    I truly hope they don't go. I do think there's a risk with the Delta acquisition of 49%. They've got to be thinking why don't we just scrap virgin, keep the profitable routes and roll them into delta.

    Hope not though!
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    Oh no, please don't say that, I won't be able to go home every year









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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendy, post: 304572
    Oh no, please don't say that, I won't be able to go home every year
    Let's hope it stays the virgin we know and love to moan about

    It's definitely a MUCH stronger brand than Delta over here, I think they'd be quite mad to do it.

    I do feel they need to give more through to the extras for premium economy though :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith, post: 304574

    I do feel they need to give more through to the extras for premium economy though :(
    Oh definitely I think they have improved UC except for the amenity bags which are rubbish and the food has been quite nice. Although from what I've read other airlines are still much better. But then if I can fly UC for about £900 each then it's very good deal

    PE seems to have got worse than it used to be especially with the sharing of the bubble, I still can't understand Virgin's thinking on that change









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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendy, post: 304576
    Oh definitely I think they have improved UC except for the amenity bags which are rubbish and the food has been quite nice. Although from what I've read other airlines are still much better. But then if I can fly UC for about £900 each then it's very good deal
    really hoping to go UC later in the year if we can find some nice upgrade deals

    As you say, UC for 900 each is basically what I pay for PE so it's a good deal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith, post: 304577
    really hoping to go UC later in the year if we can find some nice upgrade deals

    As you say, UC for 900 each is basically what I pay for PE so it's a good deal
    I'll find you something :D









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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendy, post: 304586
    I'll find you something :D
    yayay thanks :D

    I must say I find it really hard to work it out online :/ and I don't have the best luck talking to them either. It's generally just "no sorry" rather than "ok, if you were to shift your days 3 days earlier and stay 16 instead of 14 nights, then you can do this"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith, post: 304590
    yayay thanks :D

    I must say I find it really hard to work it out online :/ and I don't have the best luck talking to them either. It's generally just "no sorry" rather than "ok, if you were to shift your days 3 days earlier and stay 16 instead of 14 nights, then you can do this"
    I've been doing it so long now, I find what I want online and then phone up and tell them what I want. I always speak to the UC team as they are in the UK and very helpful









    If ever there is a tomorrow when we're not together.......
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    A friend is a hand that is always holding yours,
    no matter how close or far apart you may be.
    A friend is someone who is always there and will always, always care.
    A friend is a feeling of forever in the heart.

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