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:
Southeastern will continue to run train services in Kent and Sussex for another four years it was confirmed today.
The Government say the company will invest £70 million to improve services which have been heavily criticised by passengers and MP's. The Government say it is "a fresh start" for the company an was better to extend the existing contract than go through the process of a new one.
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.
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.
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.
This year's Farnborough Airshow, which starts on Monday, is shaping up to be one of the most controversial for many years.Read the full story ›