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Virgin's Little Red services end

28 Sep 2015 by BusinessTraveller

Virgin Atlantic's short-lived Little Red domestic operations ended over the weekend, with the last flights between London and Scotland.

Forum poster Speedbird_ABZ was on the final service from London to Aberdeen, and commented:

"Well that's it all over. I came up on the final flight on Saturday night LHR/ABZ.

"It was fun actually, the captain made a speech from the front of the cabin thanking all those from ground to air, behind the scenes etc (some were taken onboard and introduced too) - he actually sounded a bit emotional.

"A lot of the ABZ-based crew were onboard for the final rotation and it was a bit of a party flight home - albeit us passengers felt like we were gate-crashing a crew party.

"There was no catering, no soap and no hand towels, but lots of laughs, tears and a fire service salute on arrival ABZ.

"So sad to see the end of this - I did eventually use it frequently and apart from anything else, LOVE T2!"

Virgin launched Little Red in March 2013, with services from Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester feeding into the carrier's international network at Heathrow (see news March 2013).

The carrier had secured the rights to Heathrow slots freed up by the purchase of Bmi by BA’s parent company International Airlines Group.

But by October 2014 Virgin had announced the closure of the brand, with Sir Richard Branson blaming the "meagre package of slots" awarded by the European Commission (see news October 2014).

virginatlantic.com

Mark Caswell

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