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Virgin launch new route from Gatwick to Georgia, USA

Airline launches new route to Atlanta in Georgia Credit: ITV Meridian

Virgin Atlantic launched their new route to Atlanta in Georgia in the USA today. It was also the debut flight for their first Boeing 787 airliner - which took off from Gatwick Airport in Sussex. The company has ordered 16 of the aircraft in a deal worth seven billion dollars.

The airline, based in Crawley, say the new route is part of a strategy to develop more services to north America. It means they end the summer with some good news after the recent announcement about the phasing out of the domestic UK airline, Little Red. They are also pulling out of a number of long haul routes to the Far East and Africa earlier this year.

The firm's Chief Executive - Craig Kreeger, says the changes mean the airline is set to be profitable again this year:

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Voyager flies into Farnborough Airshow

The RAF's largest aircraft, Voyager, flew into Farnborough today as the Ministry of Defence confirmed all nine Voyagers have now been delivered to the RAF, on time and on budget.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne met members of the Voyager crew who had flown the aircraft from its base at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

The Voyager is almost 200ft long, with an equally wide wingspan.

Since December, it has been transporting personnel and equipment between the UK and Afghanistan.

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F35 fighter plane model arrives at Farnborough

F35 fighter plane model arrives at Farnborough Airshow - exclusive photograph

A model of the F35 has just arrived at the Farnborough Airshow.Four planes were due to be the stars of the show but have been grounded for safety reasons.

The F35 fighter plane is at Farnborough, but in model form

Show organisers now concede the planes will not take part in flying during the early days of the show which opens tomorrow.The F-35 is a £400 billion project that will see 2,500 of the fighters built. They will be on aircraft carriers like Queen Elizabeth to be based in Portsmouth.

Passenger says baggage chaos has been 'very difficult'

Passenger Phil Jackson has only received one of his 5 bags after landing in Bogota. Day 6 into his 2 week holiday with a group of friends, he is still waiting for 3 pieces of luggage.

He should have left the capital of Columbia as part of his multi-stop trip but instead, is having to wait around to find out what will happen with his luggage. Some of his friends have moved on to avoid losing out on their pre-booked flights and trips.

It was only a couple of days ago too that he discovered that it was not the airline's fault his luggage had gone missing but was in fact due to massive problems at the baggage systems at Heathrow's Terminal 5.

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