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About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2016 served close to 45 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 60 in the United States and 98 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,300 airports in 191 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2017 Best Airline in North America. For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com/media, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.
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Air Canada is the flag carrier and largest airline of Canada. The airline, founded in 1937, provides scheduled and charter air transport for passengers and cargo to 182 destinations worldwide. It is the world’s eighth-largest passenger airline by fleet size, and is a founding member of the Star Alliance. Air Canada’s corporate headquarters are in Montreal, Quebec, while its largest hub is at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Air Canada had passenger revenues of CA$13.8 billion in 2015. The airline’s regional service is Air Canada Express.
Canada’s national airline originated from the Canadian federal government‘s 1936 creation of Trans-Canada Airlines (TCA), which began operating their first transcontinental flight routes in 1938. In 1965, TCA was renamed Air Canada following government approval. After the deregulation of the Canadian airline market in the 1980s, the airline was privatized in 1988. On 4 January 2000, Air Canada acquired their largest rival, Canadian Airlines. In 2003, the airline filed for bankruptcy protection and in the following year emerged and reorganized under the holding company ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. In 2007, 34 million people flew with Air Canada as the airline celebrated their 70th anniversary.
Air Canada has a fleet of Airbus A330, Boeing 767, Boeing 777, and Boeing 787 wide-body jetliners on long-haul routes and uses the Airbus A320 family aircraft, including the A319, A320, and A321 variations, and Embraer E190 family aircraft on short-haul routes. The carrier’s operating divisions include Air Canada Cargo, Air Canada Express and Air Canada Rouge. Their subsidiary, Air Canada Vacations, provides vacation packages to over 90 destinations. Together with their regional partners, the airline operates on average more than 1,530 scheduled flights daily.
Read More About Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines is the seventh-largest U.S. airline based on passenger traffic and is one of the most popular U.S. West Coast air carriers. Headquartered in Seattle, Alaska carries more passengers between the state of Alaska and the Lower 48 than any other airline. The airline has expanded significantly to serve several U.S. East Coast and Southern cities including Nashville, Charleston and Raleigh/Durham and began flying to Costa Rica last year.
Long known for its Alaskan roots, symbolized by the Eskimo painted on the tail of the aircraft, Alaska Airlines offers a friendly and relaxed style of service, one that passengers have come to appreciate as the “Alaska Spirit.” The airline also is known for embracing innovative technology to improve the customer experience.
The carrier traces its roots back to 1932, when Linious “Mac” McGee of McGee Airways started flying his three-seat Stinson between Anchorage and Bristol Bay, Alaska. A merger with Star Air Service in 1934 created the largest airline in Alaska, which eventually became Alaska Airlines.
Alaska and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, are owned by Alaska Air Group.
- Type of airline: Major, low-fare U.S. carrier
- Relative size of airline: Seventh-largest U.S. carrier
- Founded: 1932, in Anchorage, Alaska
- Headquarters: Seattle
- Corporation type: Alaska corporation
- Ownership: Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK)
- President, Chairman and CEO: Brad D. Tilden
- Hubs: Seattle (main hub); Anchorage, Alaska; Portland, Ore.
- Number of Alaska Airlines employees: 11,536
- Total destinations: 104
- Average daily flights 2014: 880
- Total departures 2014: 303,316
- Total passengers enplaned 2014: 28.4 million (AAG)
- Average stage (route) length 2014: 802 miles (AAG)
- Total available seat miles (ASMs) 2014: 35.2 billion (AAG)
- Total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) 2014: 29.9 billion (AAG)
- Passenger load factor 2014: 85.2% (AAG)
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90 years strong
On April 15, 1926, Charles Lindbergh flew the first American Airlines flight – carrying U.S. mail from St. Louis, Missouri, to Chicago, Illinois. After 8 years of mail routes, the airline began to form into what it is today. American founder C.R. Smith worked with Donald Douglas to create the DC-3; a plane that changed the entire airline industry, switching revenue sources from mail to passengers.
American Airlines Group
Parent company of American Airlines
Together with regional partner American Eagle, we offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights daily to 350 destinations in 50 countries. We’re a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members and members-elect offer nearly 14,250 flights daily to 1,000 destinations in 150 countries.
In 2016, American Airlines Group Inc. topped Fortune magazine’s list of best business turnarounds and its stock (NASDAQ: AAL) joined the S&P 500 index.
Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.
Founded in 1930, we’re now one of the largest airlines in the world. Throughout the years, American has created more than 900,000 jobs worldwide and supported close to 1,400 nonprofit organizations.
The oneworld® alliance is a group of the world’s leading airlines; committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travelers.
American Eagle is a network of 10 regional carriers that operate under a codeshare and service agreement with American. Together they operate 3,400 daily flights to 240 destinations in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico.
3 are subsidiaries of American Airlines Group:
- Envoy Air Inc.
- Piedmont Airlines Inc.
- PSA Airlines Inc.
Plus 7 other contracted carriers:
- Air Wisconsin
- Trans States
Envoy Air Inc. operates 180 aircraft on 900 daily flights to more than 150 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The company’s more than 14,000 employees provide regional flight and ground handling services to American under the American Eagle brand.
Piedmont Airlines, Inc. operates 300 daily flights to 51 cities in the eastern U.S. Piedmont employs nearly 6,000 people in its flying and ground handling operations.
PSA Airlines Inc. operates 700 daily flights to nearly 90 destinations. The company’s more than 3,000 employees are stationed around the U.S. as flight crews and maintenance staff.
American Airlines, Inc. (AA) is a major U.S airline headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, within the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. It is the world’s largest airline when measured by fleet size, revenue, scheduled passenger-kilometers flown, and number of destinations served. American together with its regional partners operates an extensive international and domestic network with an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.
American Airlines is a founding member of Oneworld alliance, the third largest airline alliance in the world and coordinates fares, services, and scheduling with alliance partners British Airways, Iberia, and Finnair in the transatlantic market and with Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines in the transpacific market. Regional service is operated by independent and subsidiary carriers under the brand name of American Eagle.
American operates out of ten hubs located in Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, Chicago–O’Hare, Philadelphia, Miami, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Washington, DC–National, Los Angeles, New York–JFK, and New York–LaGuardia. American operates its primary maintenance base at Tulsa International Airport in addition to the maintenance locations located at its hubs. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is American’s largest passenger carrying hub handling 51.1 million passengers annually with an average of 140,000 passengers daily. The company as of 2015 employs over 113,300 people. Through the airline’s parent company, American Airlines Group, it is publicly traded under NASDAQ: AAL with a market capitalization of about $25 billion as of 2017.
Know More About Delta Airlines
Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) is a major American airline, with its headquarters and largest hub at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. The airline along with its subsidiaries and regional affiliates operate over 5,400 flights daily and serve an extensive domestic and international network that includes 319 destinations in 54 countries on six continents, as of October 2016. Delta is one of the four founding members of the SkyTeam airline alliance, and operates joint ventures with AeroMexico, Air France-KLM, Alitalia, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Australia. Regional service is operated under the brand name Delta Connection.
One of the three remaining legacy carriers, Delta is the sixth-oldest operating airline by foundation date, and the oldest airline still operating in the United States. The company’s history can be traced back to Huff Daland Dusters, founded in 1924 in Macon, Georgia as a crop dusting operation. The company moved to Monroe, Louisiana, and was later renamed Delta Air Services, in reference to the nearby Mississippi Delta region, and commenced passenger services on June 17, 1929. Among predecessors of today’s Delta Air Lines, Western Airlines and Northwest Airlines began flying passengers in 1926 and 1927, respectively.
In 2013, Delta Air Lines was the world’s largest airline in terms of scheduled passengers carried (120.6 million), and the second-largest in terms of both revenue passenger-kilometers flown (277.6 billion) and capacity (4.4 billion ASM/week; March 2013).
Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2017, Delta was named to Fortune’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented six consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 306 destinations in 52 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, São Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, and Facebook.com/delta.
About Frontier Airlines
We are committed to delivering ‘Low Fares Done Right’. This is more than a tagline. It’s our driving philosophy.
Why are low fares so important? We believe travel should be for everyone. Low fares allow people to travel more often, see new places, connect with family and loved ones and develop business opportunities.
We work harder than anyone in the airline industry to help you save money on your flights, but we know that low fares alone aren’t enough. That’s why we make a bigger commitment to our customers– the ‘Done Right’ promise. This means providing you a real choice – with options that allow you to customize your flight to match both your wants and your wallet. And we are committed to providing safe, on-time and reliable service while at the same time treating you with Rocky Mountain hospitality like only we can provide.
Headquartered in Denver, we currently serve more than 80 cities in the United States, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Our commitment to you is supported by a team of approximately 3,000 hard-working, aviation professionals. We are the proud recipient of the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2015 Diamond Award for maintenance excellence, and we were recently named the industry’s most fuel-efficient airline by The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) as a result of superior technology and operational efficiency.
We hope to see you soon on one of our flights.
Frontier Airlines is an American ultra low cost carrier headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The carrier, which is a subsidiary and operating brand of Indigo Partners, LLC, operates flights to 54 destinations throughout the United States and 5 international destinations. The airline maintains a hub at Denver International Airport with numerous focus cities across the United States. Also, under a codeshare agreement with Great Lakes Airlines, the airline connects passengers to surrounding Rocky Mountain States through their Denver hub.
Read More About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines was incorporated on January 30, 1929 under the name Inter-Island Airways Ltd. That year, thousands gathered in Honolulu to witness the departure of Hawaii’s first scheduled inter-island flights to Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii. The fleet was comprised of two eight-passenger Sikorsky S-38 amphibian planes; six years later, larger 16-passenger Sikorsky S-43s were added to accommodate increased traffic and newly authorized inter-island airmail service.
Hawaiian Airlines (NASDAQ: HA) (Hawaiian: Hui Mokulele ʻo Hawaiʻi) is the largest airline in Hawaii. It is the 8th largest commercial airline in the US, and is based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The airline operates its main hub at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on the island of Oahu and a secondary hub out of Kahului Airport on the island of Maui. Hawaiian Airlines operates flights to Asia, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and the United States Mainland. Hawaiian Airlines is owned by Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. of which Mark Dunkerley is the current President and Chief Executive Officer.
Hawaiian is the oldest US carrier that has never had a fatal accident or a hull loss throughout its history, and frequently tops the on-time carrier list in the United States, as well as the fewest cancellations, oversales and baggage handling issues. It has also rated as the best carrier serving Hawaii by Travel + Leisure, Zagat and Condé Nast Traveler.
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More About JetBlue
JetBlue Airways is dedicated to inspiring humanity. We strive to make every part of your experience as simple and as pleasant as possible. But we know there can be times when things do not go as planned. If you’re inconvenienced as a result, we think it is important that you know exactly what you can expect from us. That’s why we created our Customer Bill of Rights. These Rights will always be subject to the highest level of safety and security for our customers and crewmembers.
JetBlue will notify customers of delays, cancellations and diversions. Notification may be given in any of the following forms: via jetblue.com, telephone, flight information display system, airport announcement, onboard announcement, email or text message.
For travel booked through jetblue.com or 1-800-JETBLUE:
- If your flight qualifies for compensation, you will receive an email from JetBlue within seven days of your flight’s scheduled departure. This will happen automatically and there is no need to contact JetBlue.
For travel not booked through jetblue.com or 1-800-JETBLUE:
- If your flight qualifies for compensation, please call 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) seven days or more after your flight’s scheduled departure to inquire about potential compensation.
All customers whose flight is cancelled by JetBlue will, at the customer’s option:
- Receive a full refund OR
- Receive re-accommodation on the next available JetBlue flight at no additional charge or fare.
If JetBlue cancels a flight due to a Controllable Irregularity and alternate transportation with a scheduled departure within one hour is unavailable, Customers are entitled to compensation good for future travel on JetBlue:
|Within 4 hours of flight:||$50 Credit|
|After scheduled departure:||$100 credit|
Customers whose flight is delayed due to a Controllable Irregularity are entitled to compensation good for future travel on JetBlue:
|Delay time:||Compensation amount|
|3-3:59 hours:||$75 Credit|
|4-4:59 hours:||$100 Credit|
|5-5:59 hours:||$150 Credit|
|6 or more hours:||$250 Credit|
Onboard ground delay on departure
Customers who experience an Onboard Ground Delay, except those necessitated by a security event, are entitled to compensation good for future travel on JetBlue:
|Delay time:||Compensation amount|
|3-4:59 hours:||$100 Credit|
|5-5:59 hours:||$175 Credit|
|6 or more hours:||$250 Credit|
Onboard ground delay on arrival
Customers who experience an Onboard Ground Delay on arrival, , except those necessitated by a security event, are entitled to compensation good for future travel on JetBlue:
|Delay time:||Compensation amount|
|1-1:59 hours:||$50 Credit|
|2-2:59 hours:||$125 Credit|
|3 or more hours:||$200 Credit|
Accommodation during onboard ground delays
JetBlue will provide customers experiencing an onboard ground delay with 36 or more channels of DIRECTV®*, food and drink, access to clean restrooms and, as necessary, medical treatment. JetBlue will begin to return to the gate or other disembarkation point no later than three hours for domestic flights and four hours for international flights unless the pilot-in-command determines there is a safety or security-related reason for remaining on the tarmac or Air Traffic Control advises the pilot-in-command that returning to the gate or another disembarkation point elsewhere in order to deplane would significantly disrupt airport operations.
Thales InFlyt Experience™
JetBlue offers 36 or more channels of DIRECTV®* service on its flights in the Continental U.S. If our Thales InFlyt Experience™ system is inoperable on flights in the Continental U.S, customers are entitled to a $15 Credit good for future travel on JetBlue.
Overbookings (As defined in JetBlue’s Contract of Carriage)
Customers who are involuntarily denied boarding shall receive $1,350.
JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU), stylized as jetBlue, is an American low-cost carrier, and the 6th-largest airline in the United States. The company is headquartered in the Long Island City neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens, with its main base at John F. Kennedy International Airport. It also maintains corporate offices in Cottonwood Heights, Utah and Orlando, Florida.
As of June 2017, JetBlue serves 101 destinations in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.
Read About Southwest Airlines
A Year in Review
Every year in the airline industry brings more than its fair share of triumphs and challenges. You might even say that airline years are a lot like dog years. Southwest may only be 46 years old, but we’ve packed several lifetimes of experience into our history—there’s literally that much going on at any given time.
The Mission of Southwest Airlines
The mission of Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of Customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit.
To Our Employees
We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Creativity and innovation are encouraged for improving the effectiveness of Southwest Airlines. Above all, Employees will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every Southwest Customer.
We Weren’t Just Airborne Yesterday – Time flies when you’re having fun!
More than 38 years ago, Rollin King and Herb Kelleher got together and decided to start a different kind of airline. They began with one simple notion: If you get your passengers to their destinations when they want to get there, on time, at the lowest possible fares, and make darn sure they have a good time doing it, people will fly your airline. And you know what? They were right.
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Southwest has been in LUV with our Customers from the very beginning. Therefore, it’s fitting that we began service to San Antonio and Houston from Love Field in Dallas on June 18, 1971. As our Company and Customers grew, our LUV grew too! With the prettiest Flight Attendants serving “Love Bites” on our planes, and determined Employees issuing tickets from our “Love Machines,” we changed the face of the airline industry throughout the 1970s. Then in 1977, our stock was listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “LUV.” Over the ensuing years, our LUV has spread from coast to coast and border to border thanks to our hardworking Employees and their LUV for Customer Service.
Read More Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) is committed to offering the lowest total price to the places we fly, on average much lower than other airlines. We start you off with an unbundled, stripped-down Bare Fare™. Then you get Frill Control™ which allows you to pay only for the options you choose – like bags, seat assignments and refreshments – the things other airlines bake right into their ticket prices. We help people save money and travel more often, create new jobs and stimulate business growth in the communities we serve. With our Fit Fleet™, the youngest fleet of any major U.S. airline, we operate more than 400 daily flights to 59 destinations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.
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- Ultra low fares
- Easy online booking and check-in
- Reliable, on-time service
- Clean, fuel efficient airplanes
- Friendly staff
- Deluxe leather seating
- One personal item that fits under the seat
- Largest ULCC network in the U.S., Latin America and Caribbean
- BIG FRONT SEAT – wider seats with extra legroom
- Carry-on and checked baggage
- Assigned seats
- Travel insurance
- Onboard beverages and snacks
- Hotels, cars, vacation packages and cruises
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About Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic is a major British success story. From our first leased jumbo to the UK’s second largest long haul airline, we’ve come a long way – and there’s still much more to do! Take a look at our story below…
The success of our business strategy requires us to build on our foundations by focusing on the business and leisure markets, and driving efficiency and effectiveness.
Our mission statement
Our mission statement is simple, yet the foundation of everything we do at Virgin Atlantic Airways… to embrace the human spirit and let it fly.
Founder of Virgin Atlantic, Richard Branson.
Back in the early 80s, Richard Branson was probably best known for Virgin Records – the legendary record label that signed major names like the Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson and The Human League. In 1984, much to the horror of his directors, Richard announced to the world that a high quality, value for money airline would begin operating within three months.
Three months, some licences, staff and an aircraft packed with celebrities later, Virgin Atlantic Airways was born. By the end of the decade we had flown over 1 million passengers and started shaking up services onboard by being the first airline to offer individual TVs to their business class passengers.
Virgin Atlantic’s Premium Economy seating.
In 1992, Richard sold Virgin Music to Thorn EMI and invested the proceeds into Virgin Atlantic, improving on an already great service. In the same year we launched the first super economy service that went on to become our award winning Premium Economy.
We spent most of the Nineties buying new planes, expanding our route network and generally breaking new ground in passenger service, both on the ground and in the air. In 1999, Richard sold a 49% stake in the company to Singapore Airlines, valuing us at a minimum of £1.225bn. In the same year, Richard received a knighthood for services to entrepreneurship.
The noughties proved exciting times…
In 2003 came the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s revolutionary Upper Class Suite, the longest and most comfortable flat bed and seat in business class.
The new Virgin Clubhouse at Heathrow opened in March 2006. Amongst the many unique features of the flagship lounge are a cocktail bar, a hair salon, a Cowshed spa, a brasserie and a games room.
In 2007 came the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s brand new check in facilities at Heathrow Terminal Three. For Economy and Premium Economy passengers, Zone A is now wider, brighter and more spacious, enabling passengers to check in at kiosks in a faster and more stress-free way. For Upper Class passengers came the Upper Class Wing, which offers a private security corridor so passengers can speed through the terminal to the Clubhouse quicker than ever before.
In 2008 we operated a pioneering biofuel demonstration with Boeing and engine manufacturer GE Aviation on a 747 between London and Amsterdam. This was the world’s first flight using biofuel by a commercial airline. Virgin Atlantic has also ordered 15 of the 787-9 Dreamliners which burn around 27% less fuel per passenger than the A340-300, the aircraft it will replace in the Virgin Atlantic fleet.
Virgin Atlantic, a trading name of Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited and Virgin Atlantic International Limited, is a British airline with its head office in Crawley, United Kingdom. The airline was established in 1984 as British Atlantic Airways, and was originally planned by its co-founders Randolph Fields and Alan Hellary to fly between London and the Falkland Islands. Soon after changing the name to Virgin Atlantic Airways, Fields sold his shares in the company after disagreements with Sir Richard Branson over the management of the company. The maiden flight from London Gatwick to Newark Liberty International Airport took place on 22 June 1984.
The airline along with Virgin Holidays is controlled by a holding company, Virgin Atlantic Limited, which is 51% owned by the Virgin Group and 49% by Delta Air Lines. It is administratively separate from other Virgin-branded airlines. Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited and Virgin Atlantic International Limited both hold Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Type A Operating Licences (AOC numbers 534 and 2435 respectively), both of which permit these airlines, operating as Virgin Atlantic Airways, to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.
Virgin Atlantic uses a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft and operates to destinations in North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia from its main bases at London Heathrow and London Gatwick, and its secondary base at Manchester. The airline also operates Seasonal Flights from Glasgow and Belfast. Virgin Atlantic aircraft consist of three cabins: Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class.
In 2012, Virgin Atlantic carried 5.4 million passengers, making it the seventh-largest UK airline in terms of passenger volume. In the year to 31 December 2013, it reported a £51 million group pre-tax loss (approximately US$87 million), however, in the year to 31 December 2014 the airline reported a return to pre-tax profit of £14.4 million. During July 2017, Virgin Atlantic announced their intention to form a joint venture with Air France-KLM. Under the agreement, Air France-KLM will acquire a 31 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic currently held by Virgin Group for £220 million.