Virgin Atlantic has been running a skeleton service for the last few weeks.
It had previously announced it was only operating New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong flights this month. This bare-bones schedule enabled the repatriation of UK residents.
Whilst these flights are set to continue on certain dates, Routes Online is reporting that there are no scheduled passenger services between 21st April and 26th April. Nothing at all.
It’s not clear what will happen to Virgin Atlantic’s services after 26th April although it is highly likely to continue its rolling program of cancellations for at least a few more weeks.
Virgin Atlantic planes continue to fly in order to transport essential cargo. Virgin Atlantic does not have dedicated cargo aircraft, of course, so some of its aircraft will fly with a skeleton crew.
The airline recently flew its first-ever cargo-only charter flight to transport essential medical supplies. In a statement Virgin said it is flying eight cargo charters to Shanghai this month in partnership with the Department of Health and the NHS.
Many airlines have been placing additional cargo in passenger seats and overhead bins to maximise the use of space. Lufthansa recently tweeted some photos:
On the way home, it is fully loaded with around 30 tons of special cargo: protective equipment and medical supply. To fit in as much as possible, freight was securely stowed on the seats and in the overhead bins – in addition to the belly. (2/2) #WeAreInThisTogether pic.twitter.com/2XnG9yzXS1
— Lufthansa News (@lufthansaNews) March 25, 2020
Special dispensation is required to carry cargo in the cabin as well as the hold, which Virgin Atlantic says it has from the Civil Aviation Authority. One cabin crew member is still required to monitor the cargo in the cabin even if there are no passengers.
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