Virgin Atlantic is planning to launch flights to Moscow after they were able to acquire operating slots at Heathrow, slots that were given up by British Airways. The planned Moscow flights are scheduled to begin next year on Airbus SAS A330 wide-body jets. European Commission regulators have ordered British Airways to give up these slots as a result of their takeover of BMI. Chief Executive Officer Virgin Atlantic, Steve Ridgway, said these new flights to Moscow will help their strategy of feeding their long-haul network with more short-haul flights.
Virgin Atlantic will be applying for all 12 available slots at Heathrow and they plan to use at least seven of those slots for flights to Scotland. Flights to Moscow will make Russia the thirds BRIC country served by Virgin Atlantic, along with China and India. The new flights will also increase the number of connections with their trans-Atlantic flights, which are the mainstay of their business.
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