AS beach babes in bikinis scamper across the sun-soaked sands, chiselled lifeguards keep watch on the sparkling blue waters and beautiful people sip cocktails on the prom. Though it sounds like a scene from Miami or Bondi, this is Tel Aviv in Israel. Not a place most of us would instantly think of when conjuring up Baywatch-style images. Of course, anyone who understands about the tourist trail of party capitals will already know the country’s second city is a buzzing destination these days. But for most of us, Israel is still a bit of an uncertainty. Is it safe? Is it all just museums and relics? Is it ultra-conservative and religious? What is there for holidaymakers? In Tel Aviv, Israelis of all faiths and tourists from around the world rub shoulders with the cool kids in relative harmony. Hipster venues sit side-by-side with kosher restaurants, and every year the city celebrates its heritage, whether that is one of the multiple important days in the religious calendar or the … [Read more...] about Tel Aviv is beach heaven with history and parties side-by-side in Israel — and you can fly direct with Virgin Atlantic
VIRGIN Atlantic passengers were furious after they were stranded on a plane with no hot meals for seven hours because the tyres on the aircraft burst during taxiing. After the long delay on the tarmac, the airline then cancelled the flight altogether. The London Heathrow-bound flight was due to leave Hong Kong Airport at 11:55pm last Friday. While taxiing, two of the plane's tyres were punctured by debris on the tarmac, according to Hong Kong news website Coconuts.co. Instead of allowing passengers to disembark, they were kept on the plane for the next seven hours, with very little food according to the report. A passenger who only gave his name as Stephane told Coconuts.co: "Water was provided and only a tiny packet (10g) of pretzels and a mini muffin… we were so hungry." They were only allowed off the plane at 6:26am. Passengers took to social media after their flight was then cancelled The flight was then cancelled as the cabin crew were not allowed to work over a certain … [Read more...] about Furious passengers stranded on Virgin Atlantic plane for seven hours after two tyres burst – only for the flight to be cancelled
Flybe, a major flight provider out of Norwich Airport, has been bought out by Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY Norwich Airport airline Flybe has assured shareholders that its takeover bu a number of larger airlines, including Virgin Atlantic, is on track. To settle unrest in the shareholders, Flybe confirmed that it had already received the first £10m in funding as part of the buyout. Flybe currently flies out of Norwich to destinations including Exeter, Alicante and Malaga, as well as offering flights to John O’Groats and Aberdeen through a partnership with Eastern Airways.MORE: Norwich Airport airline Flybe puts itself up for saleThe group - which is being bought by a consortium of buyers comprising of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and investment firm Cyrus Capital Partners - last week overhauled its takeover after the carrier failed crucial financing terms.Flybe said it had failed to meet the conditions for receiving a promised £20 million … [Read more...] about Flybe seeks to reassure shareholders as Virgin Atlantic takeover turns bumpy
PUBLISHED: 12:59 15 January 2019 | UPDATED: 13:16 15 January 2019 Sabrina Johnson A large plane has been spotted circling over Norfolk. Picture: Flightradar24 Archant A large plane has been spotted circling over Norfolk. The aircraft, which is believed to be a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 took off from London Gatwick at 11am this morning (Tuesday January 15), it then flew over Kent before heading north-east towards Norfolk.Once over the county the plane then started circling, at several points looking like it might be flying away from Norfolk either west or over the North Sea before turning back.The destination of the aircraft is not known.Virgin Atlantic have been contacted for comment. … [Read more...] about Why is this Virgin Atlantic plane circling over Norfolk?
VIRGIN Atlantic and Stobart Group have swooped on regional airline Flybe in a £2.2 million deal which will see the creation of a new airline group. The companies, in conjunction with Cyrus Capital Partners, have agreed an offer of just 1p per share for Flybe, which put itself up for sale in November. Under the plans, the airline will be combined with Stobart Air in a joint venture called Connect Airways. Cyrus will own 40 per cent of the new company, while Virgin and Stobart will take 30 per cent apiece. The three companies have committed to make a £20 million bridge available to support Flybe's current operations, while an additional £80 million will be provided to the combined group. Flybe chief executive Christine Ourmieres-Widener said the firm had been forced to seek a buyer due to higher fuel costs, currency fluctuations and Brexit uncertainty. "We have been affected by all of these factors which have put pressure on short-term financial performance," she said. "At … [Read more...] about Flybe rescued by Virgin Atlantic and Stobart consortium