Virgin to expand aircraft fleet

06 April 2011 09:34

Virgin Atlantic has planned to launch a new Manchester to Las Vegas route in spring, and increase its flights from London to the Caribbean

Virgin Atlantic has planned to launch a new Manchester to Las Vegas route in spring, and increase its flights from London to the Caribbean

British airline Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to expand its fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft to support its new flights this year.

Plans include the spring opening of a new Manchester to Las Vegas route, and an increase in the number of flights from London to the Caribbean and Ghana - a development that will have been noted by holiday agencies and travel insurance companies.

The expansion move is set to create 450 jobs including positions for pilots and cabin crew members.

Corneel Koster, director of operations, safety and security for Virgin Atlantic, said: "We have enjoyed a good year of recovery and can now look forward to expanding our network and welcoming a new fleet of aircraft.

"With the increases in flight rotations from our London airports and the new Las Vegas flight from Manchester, we will be creating jobs in both of these areas."

The recruitment drive will see 350 people hired as part of cabin crew staff, most of whom will support the additional weekly flights from London to Ghana, Tobago, Grenada and Havana.

The launch of the new Manchester to Las Vegas route will create 100 crew jobs in the Manchester area, while other vacancies include those for 50 pilots and 50 ground staff roles at airports and the firm's head office.

The new hiring plans are in addition to the 200 jobs that Virgin Atlantic announced in November for its new contact centre in Swansea, South Wales.

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