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St Helena: Flights to remote Atlantic island begin at last

The first scheduled commercial airline service to the remote British island of St Helena in the south Atlantic is to land shortly. A plane from South Africa is expected to touch down in the new airport, ending the island’s reliance on a ship once every three weeks. It is hoped the service, funded by the UK, will boost tourism and help make St Helena more self-sufficient. But British media have dubbed it “the most useless airport in the world”. Built with £285m ($ 380m) of funding from the UK Department…

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News: Ink takes over publication of Vera magazine for Virgin Atlantic

[unable to retrieve full-text content] British actress Annabelle Wallis has opened up about her personal life and lessons from Madonna in a tell-all interview with Vera magazine. Global travel media company Ink chose English rose Annabelle Wallis to lead the debut issue of the international airline’s revamped magazine, which will be available from October to all Virgin Atlantic customers. Breaking Travel News

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Air France plane engine fails over Atlantic

An Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles was forced to make a sudden diversion when it lost part of an engine over the Atlantic. One of the four engines on the Airbus 380 flight AF66 failed west of Greenland on Saturday. No-one was injured in the incident, but passengers remained on board hours after the landing at 15:42 GMT. The plane was carrying 496 passengers and 24 crew at the time, an Air France spokesperson told AFP news agency. David Rehmar, a former aircraft mechanic who was a…

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News: Virgin Atlantic becomes first European airline to offer Wi-Fi across fleet

Virgin Atlantic has become the first airline in Europe to offer Wi-Fi across its entire fleet – ensuring customers can remain connected across flights to and from the US, Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. From today millions of customers travelling with Virgin Atlantic will be able to email, browse and socialise at 35,000ft from as little as £2.99 as the airline completes its ambitious Wi-Fi programme – at least a year ahead of other European long haul carriers. To celebrate being the first European airline to boast a…

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News: Virgin Atlantic offers guests superb view of solar eclipse

As millions of Americans waited excitedly for a view of the latest social eclipse, a plane full of Virgin Atlantic customers bagged the best seat in the house – watching in awe as the moon obscured the sun at 35,000ft. Flight VS5 from London Heathrow to Miami intercepted the path of the total solar eclipse, offering holidaymakers an unrivalled, cloudless view of the natural phenomena – the first to take place coast to coast over American skies for 99 years. All 260 customers on board the Virgin Atlantic aircraft were…

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Twin Atlantic: TRNSMT couldn't be closer to home

It might be the first time TRNSMT festival has taken place in Glasgow, but for one act they couldn’t be closer to home. Local band Twin Atlantic, who’ve just come back from supporting System of a Down in Moscow, are playing on the Sunday line-up. Front man Sam McTrusty said: “It couldn’t be closer for us, you could probably measure it metres, how far away the stage is from our rehearsal rooms. “It’s the closest door-to-door gig we could do.” The four-piece rock band are from Glasgow and practice in…

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