Alastair Welch, London Southend Airport’s MD, and Aer Lingus Regional’s CCO, Simon Fagan, celebrated the first year of the airline’s Dublin service last week. 55,000 passengers travelled on the route over the past year and the airline aims to continue to grow the market by 20% in the next 12 months.
Norwegian Long Haul and Virgin Atlantic have signed an agreement that enables Norwegian to tap into Virgin Atlantic’s expertise on long-haul operations, while Virgin Atlantic’s instructors will receive pilot training on board Norwegian’s brand new 787s, of which first is due for delivery at the end of June. Virgin Atlantic is scheduled to receive its first Dreamliner in September 2013. Signing the partnership were Dave Kistruck, Virgin Atlantic’s GM Flight Operations; and Torstein Hoås, Director of Flight Operations Norwegian Long Haul.