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Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350-1000 aircraft
Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350-1000 aircraft (Image Credit: Virgin Atlantic)

Virgin Atlantic is the second largest long-haul airline in London.

Its operations are severely impacted by Coronavirus.

Virgin is operating a limited schedule. Most of its fleet is grounded until May at the earliest. The only scheduled routes operated by Virgin Atlantic are Hong Kong, Los Angeles and New York JFK. Note this does not include any flights chartered by the UK Government to help Britons stranded abroad to return home.

The in-flight service in all cabins has been “streamlined” with one main meal service. Only soft drinks will be available during the flight.

There are also changes to Virgin Atlantic ground services. All Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses around the world have closed temporarily. The Upper Class Wing and “Revivals” lounge at London Heathrow is also closed.

Virgin has also temporarily transferred all flights from London Gatwick, to the extent they are operating, to Heathrow.

Heathrow airport also plans to temporarily close Terminal 3 which most likely means that Virgin Atlantic flights will transfer to Terminal 2.

It has also been reported on Wednesday 1 April that Virgin Atlantic is seeking Government support of up to £500m. This includes a loan to support Virgin’s operating costs in the coming months and a credit guarantee to prevent Virgin’s credit card handling companies from withholding funds.

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