No surprise here. However, for the first time a source close to Virgin Atlantic is confirming to Reuters that if Delta were to receive Singapore’s 49% stake in Virgin, a joint venture would indeed be formed on transatlantic flights. The source is also confirming that Richard Branson is not looking to give up his stake in the airline and instead hopes for a code-share arrangement similar to the IAG / American partnership, allowing the airlines to share costs and revenue while aligning schedules. No word on a SkyTeam membership, though Reuters has also received word that Air France-KLM are not involved in the discussions.

Looks like the ability to once again redeem SkyMiles for Virgin Atlantic flights circa 2002 may be returning soon…

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autolycus December 10, 2012 - 8:02 am

Interesting that AF/KLM wouldn’t be involved in the joint venture. Any thoughts on whether that will have any real effect on customers vs a full DL/AF/KLM/Virgin venture?

adam December 10, 2012 - 1:38 pm

@autolycus – I don’t know about individual customers, but perhaps Delta will use the additional fight schedules to sway corporate travel departments…


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