News: Virgin Atlantic publishes its July flying schedule, Stelios loses key easyJet vote on removing the board

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News in brief:

Virgin Atlantic pushes back resumption of passengers flights to July

Virgin Atlantic has reacted to the new UK quarantine restrictions by pushing back the start of passenger services to 1st July.

The following schedule is currently planned to begin on 1st July:

  • Hong Kong
  • Lagos
  • Los Angeles
  • Johannesburg
  • New York JFK
  • Tel Aviv

All flights will operate daily.  A broader schedule is expected to operate from 13th July.

The airline is not dormant, however, with a fairly large cargo schedule currently operating.

EDIT: This morning, Business Traveller published a statement from Virgin Atlantic saying that it was likely to push back its first flights to August due to the quarantine restrictions.  This is not yet reflected in the schedules.

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Virgin Atlantic July 2020 flight schedule

Stelios loses his fight to oust the easyJet board

On Friday, easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou failed in his bid to oust the chief executive and three other members of the board.

As we covered previously, Stelios was attempting to remove the board in a last-ditch move to block the £4.5 billion acquisition of 107 new Airbus aircraft.  He believes that the company cannot afford to purchase new planes and, more importantly, will not be able to deploy them profitably.

Despite having 34% of the votes via his family shareholding, he was unable to attract 16.1% of the remaining votes at the shareholders meeting.

Stelios has not given up, however.  He is currently offering a £5 million reward to anyone who can link easyJet to the institutional bribery undertaken by Airbus over the past decade for which it was recently fined €3.6 billion.  The only remaining hope of having the Airbus contract cancelled would be to prove that it was obtained unlawfully.

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Comments

  1. Murray says:

    I’m due to fly to SFO in August. Sceptical as to whether that will happen at this point but keeping my fingers cross that the US travel ban is lifted and the U.K. 14 day quarantine is no longer required.

    • Will in SFO says:

      More chance the UK have lifted their quarantine. not a chance of the US doing so I’m afraid. IMHO Trump isn’t going to lift the ban until after the election. He has been clear in saying this is a foreign virus that is causing American jobs to be lost. Regardless of how incorrect that statement is, he is unlikely to change his position this side of the election especially given his latest polling numbers.

      In any event the Bay Area is still under shelter in place. We were the first area in the States to issue such an order and the local county governments are determined not to ease restrictions too soon- we are still, on the whole, restricted to staying within our country of residence (essentially not moving out of your local district council area in the UK). So even if Trump allows visitors it is likely that the Bay Area will still have some form of shelter in place operating.

  2. Chris Heyes says:

    [email protected] cut n paste needs altering just after the link saying 24th May still

  3. Richard Chetham says:

    It’s just a shame Booking .com have not looked after there clients .Its ok offering all sorts of promotions now to get new business but they have let down thousands of customers and walked away leaving them to deal with the hotels directly through this Pandemic they are a disgrace . You cannot speak to anyone they are not interested.
    Come on booking .com ring me ( a manager please )

  4. I don’t fancy a staycation at all. From the look of it destinations will be absolutely rammed and locals may well still be hostile to visitors.

    • Spursdebs says:

      I’d rather not bother Anna. I’ve cancelled September and November trips but that was more to do with the cost of paying for respite care 24/7.
      But I’ve extended my January trip by 3 nights to make a 10 night trip.
      I looked at 6 nights at champneys it was eye watering the price compared to a 5 star hotel in Dubai.

    • Craig says:

      It’s that latter bit that worries me the most, we are due to do the North Coast 500 in August a trip that I have been planning for over a year. Half the hotels are non-refundable, booked prior to Covid partly because they were the only or best option and fully refundable wasn’t available. At least I have a bit of time to weigh up the options.

      • Just had to google this, it looks great though. We love Scotland but generally stay around Perthshire area though we have been further out on various trips. But Nicola Sturgeon recently announced that Scotland wasn’t going to be open for holidays at all this summer, and even if it is, I wouldn’t be sure of a warm welcome. If your hotels are closed though, shouldn’t they be offering a refund?

        • Craig says:

          It’s 3 months away Anna, I’m quite happy to wait this out for a bit longer.

          • Mr(s) Entitled says:

            Gov’t advice is unraveling very quickly. You can now act on instinct. This will soon come down like a pack of cards. I think you will be fine come Sept to travel and be welcomed.

          • I meant if they are still closed when you were due to travel. Of course, it’s an utter shambles in England, but Scotland is a different matter and can act independently of Westminster in respect of COVID restrictions. If you look at the plan for easing lockdown on the Scottish government website, it goes from phase 1 to 4 with no mention of allowing travellers in from outside Scotland!

          • Craig says:

            Thanks Anna, it was a useful nudge for me to look directly at the Scottish advice. I had planned the trip for after the Scottish school summer holidays which makes me a little more optimistic. Plan B is to sit in my garden and make pizza for 2 weeks.

          • Freddy says:

            My instincts are that my children will enjoy a summer holiday in Scotland which is 300 miles away from home. I’m performing my duty as a good father and how could you mark me down for that!

          • Freddy, I’m not sure Ms Sturgeon is as understanding as Boris, but you should be ok with a nice jaunt to Northumberland, just stay this side of the border!

          • Chrish says:

            [email protected] i think it’s safe for me to drive 300 miles to Scotland after all it was safe when i drove 260 or was it 240 miles & a trip out
            I’m a reasonable parent wanting to keep safe plus Nicola’s keeping Scotland safe
            So I’m only acting responsibly in taking myself off to Scotland i wont need any food lost my taste just a bit of a fever my coughing gone down a bit now as well
            Can i stop with you ? you wont tell Nicola ? will you i wouldn’t want her unduly worrying

          • Charlieface says:

            SNP never liked the English anyway 🙂

        • Andrew says:

          Perthshire is just so easy to get to from London.

          Join the A40 and keep going North.
          At the first roundabout, take the first, second or third exit and you are in Perthshire.

          Straight 5h30m from Oxford Jn 8A.

          It’s a journey I do at least 6 times a year, although I usually spend a Friday night in my favourite hotel (Holiday Inn, Warrington) and finish the drive on a Saturday morning.

          • It’s gorgeous and just 4 hours from us – the same distance going south usually takes a lot longer!

  5. Flying to LAS on 9th July and all the commentary says we won’t be flying but VS still not cancelled the flights. So if they are running cargo do we get cancellation rights already or do we wait until maybe 2 weeks before travel is due before they cancel our tickets? Thanks

  6. Andrew says:

    I wonder when we can expect to hear from BA about their July cancellations

  7. We are booked end of July on a virgin miles return to HK which was the first leg of a 3 week trip to Australia. Hoping it is cancelled as we would need to quarantine for 2 week in Oz if we got there. Not sure what they are offering with regards to redemption flights??

    • Oh Matron! says:

      When I eventually managed to get through to speak about my options for my miles plus money flight to Johannesburg a couple of weeks ago, my miles were redeposited almost instantly. Of course, the cash is going to take some time later.

  8. Afraid I have to pull you up on your maths Rob:

    “Despite having 34% of the votes via his family shareholding, he was unable to attract 16.1% of the remaining votes at the shareholders meeting.”

    Should either be:

    “Despite having 34% of the votes via his family shareholding, he was unable to attract 24.4% of the remaining votes at the shareholders meeting.”

    Or change your wording and not use the term “remaining” when using 16.1%.

    • Obviously correct but simplicity often trumps technicality.

      • Yeah, which is why I suggested the easy 2nd fix which is both simple and technically correct.

        Enjoy your bank holiday!

      • Chris Heyes says:

        [email protected] Trump was involved ? Yes a agree he’s simple lol not sure about the technicality though

    • Matthew says:

      Everyone, including you, knows what he meant. So does it matter?

      • Mr(s) Entitled says:

        Simply say “an additional 16.1%”. It’s not complexity that prevents accuracy.

        • Bagoly says:

          agree with Mr(s) Entitled
          “he was unable to attract an additional 16.1% FROM the remaining votes at the shareholders meeting.” or just
          “he was unable to attract 16.1% FROM the remaining votes at the shareholders meeting.”
          would both seem to do it

    • Or better yet simply ‘the remaining 16.1% required’

  9. ChrisC says:

    Any idea who the Roughly 6% of easy jet shareholders who voted with Stelios were? His motions got around the 40% mark so not just him and his family.

    • Lady London says:

      I’m all agog to see if someone comes forward to Stelios with a reasonable claim for the £5 million. I wish him luck because I think there likely were some illegal incentives for the purchase. But the devil is proving it.

      • Mark M says:

        There’s such a big financial inducment, to ‘prove’ earlier financial indiucements, that I cannot see any court accepting it as “the truth, the whole truth, etc…”

        • Lady London says:

          A look at cases in the pharma industry such as those against Glaxo GSK and earlier ones Airbus lost would indicate the standard of proof needed.

  10. O/T hello just wandering about the IHG spire choice benefit with the auto renewal of status through end of 2021. I can see my status has been extended but a choice benefit isn’t available. I guess I need to earn 55k points to trigger? Thanks all.

    • Andrew says:

      You don’t need to earn any status points. All renewed Spire members under this arrangement will get the choice benefit added but they haven’t loaded them yet – hopefully soon.

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