Virgin Atlantic Reveals New Summer 2021 Timetable

Virgin Atlantic has revealed its revised timetable for summer 2021. The schedule will see the first summer with…

Virgin Atlantic Reveals New Summer 2021 Timetable

Virgin Atlantic has revealed its revised timetable for summer 2021. The schedule will see the first summer with no operations out of London Gatwick since the airline announced it would close its base there.

Virgin Atlantic has announced its summer 2021 schedule. Photo: Getty Images

Earlier in May, we were surprised when Virgin Atlantic stated that it would leave its London Gatwick home. The announcement accompanied news that the Boeing 747 wouldn’t take to the skies with Virgin passengers in the future following immediate retirement.

Now Virgin Atlantic has given us our first indication of what its future will look like next summer. The summer 2021 timetable will be the first operated since the announcement to scrap Gatwick.

What do we know?

The majority of Virgin’s operations will now be operated out of London Heathrow Airport. The airline will maintain a small base at Manchester, with a handful of seasonal flights operating from Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Heathrow will be the center of Virgin Atlantic’s operations with a total of 24 long-haul destinations, both east and west of London. Virgin states that flights will operate to the following destinations from Heathrow. However, the Cape Town route will cease operation in April.

Antigua Atlanta Barbados Boston
Cape Town* Delhi Grenada Havana
Hong Kong Johannesburg Lagos Las Vegas
Los Angeles Miami Montego Bay Mumbai
New York JFK Orlando San Francisco Seattle
Shanghai Tobago Tel Aviv Washington
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The schedule will be the first full one since the airline announced it would leave London Gatwick. Photo: Getty Images

When it comes to Manchester, the airline’s operations will be significantly smaller. Indeed, the airline will only be operating west-bound flights from the UK’s busiest non-London airport. The airline will operate flights to five destinations:

  • Atlanta;
  • Orlando;
  • New York (JFK);
  • Barbados.
  • Los Angeles.

Orlando is still a highlight of the airline’s plans, as alongside flights from London and Manchester, Virgin will also operate seasonal flights to the Florida destination from Belfast and Glasgow.

What about the fleet?

Virgin hasn’t said which aircraft will be based in each location as a result of the new schedule. It is likely that as the flagship of the fleet, the airline’s Airbus A350-1000s will remain at London Heathrow. The entire plan will be operated by Virgin’s remaining twin-engine fleet. The airline has phased out both its A340 and 747 fleets as a result of the current crisis.

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Virgin Atlantic will immediately retire its fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft. Photo: Getty Images

However, 2021 will be the last summer schedule operated by the airline’s Airbus A330-200 aircraft. These are due to be phased out in early 2022. A330 lovers needn’t worry though. The airline will continue operating its -300s for the time being and has several new A330neos on order.

Speaking about today’s schedule announcement, Juha Jarvinen, the airline’s Chief Commercial Officer said:

“As the Covid-19 crisis stabilises and demand gradually returns, we are looking forward to welcoming our customers back and flying them safely to their favourite destinations. We have taken the opportunity to pause, reflect and reshape our 2021 flying programme looking at efficiencies in our fleet and connectivity across our network, to ensure it is fit for the future, flying to the destinations we know our customers love to fly.”

What do you think of Virgin’s new 2021 schedule? Will you miss seeing the airline’s red tails at London Gatwick Airport? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Interjet Denies It Is Pursuing Mexican Bankruptcy Proceedings

The Mexican airline Interjet may have looked at a first attempt to obtain protection from creditors through a…

Interjet Denies It Is Pursuing Mexican Bankruptcy Proceedings

The Mexican airline Interjet may have looked at a first attempt to obtain protection from creditors through a Mexican bankruptcy proceeding, equivalent to Chapter 11 in the US. Interjet claims this information is false and that it is not looking for any help nor protection from the Mexican justice system. Let’s investigate further. 

Interjet denies that it is looking for a Chapter 11 alike bankruptcy in Mexico. Photo: SuperJet International via Flickr.

Bureaucracy prevented Interjet from filing the procedure

Debtwire published yesterday that Interjet failed “in a first attempt to obtain protection from creditors through a concurso, or bankruptcy proceeding.” 

The carrier failed to do it due to the bureaucracy in Mexico. Currently, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the legal system in Mexico is working at a lesser pace. For this reason, the judges in the country are not receiving any new legal filings. They are only working with proceedings that were already underway before the pandemic. 

According to Debtwire sources, the judge was arbitrary in its decision of not accepting the paperwork. It added that Interjet might file for a bankruptcy proceeding later this week. 

If Interjet actually goes with the proceeding, it would become the second airline in Latin America to do something of the sort in 2020. 

Interjet is using again some of its Sukhoi airplanes. Photo: SuperJet International via Flickr.

Interjet denies the news

Over the last few months, Interjet has appeared over and over in the news. More often than not, the news coming out of the airline has not been good. We’ve reported previously that , repossessed by leasing companies. This has led Interjet to . The airline is operating three (out of 22) Russian-made planes. 

Additionally, the  due to a lack of payment. Finally, some reports state that Interjet is in debt with the Mexican Government, and this led to the withdrawal, by the authorities, of four Sukhoi airplanes. 

Interjet is having none of it. On Sunday, the airline issued a statement saying that there is a defamation campaign against Interjet. It added, 

“It is despicable that in this crisis [… some are] willing to pay for a dirty campaign against our company and board with the publication of messages and commentaries that do not picture the current state of our organization.”

The airline added that all “truthful” information about the company should come from Interjet. What has Interjet said? First, that it is renegotiating the terms with the leasing companies and that some airplanes lease prices are over the current market conditions. Second, that Interjet decided to leave IATA’s Clearing House, not the other way around. Third, it says that it is paying its taxes in Mexico. 

How will Interjet return from the crisis? Photo: Daniel Martínez Garbuno/Simple Flying.

How’s Interjet doing right now?

In March, Interjet had a 34% decrease in the number of passengers, in comparison with 2019. Still, the most significant fallout in its numbers may have happened in April, when the airline stopped flying with its Airbus fleet. 

We currently don’t have the data from Interjet’s April, as the airline is not making it available. Other airlines such as Aeromexico and Volaris saw a decrease of up to 90%. Currently, Interjet reduced its number of routes from 44 international and 42 domestic to just six local routes. And, of these six domestic routes, only the Mexico City-Cancun operates daily. 

Additionally, as we’ve said, Interjet only operates three Sukhoi aircraft at the moment. Some sources have said that the plan is to come back with a fleet of, at most, 35 airplanes. How will this fleet be composed? That’s currently a mystery. 

What should Interjet do to keep afloat during the crisis? Let us know in the comments. 

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