Virgin Atlantic files for Bankruptcy as Coronavirus Pandemic Devastates Airline Industry

Virgin Atlantic has filed for bankruptcy as the airline industry continues to be devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

THE Virgin Group airline filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in the Southern District of New York on Tuesday. It comes just hours after a court in London heard Virgin Atlantic could run out of money by the end of September if creditors do not approve a £1.2 billion bailout package.

It also comes just months after its sister airline Virgin Australia filed for voluntary administration in April.

Virgin Atlantic’s filing in US bankruptcy court in the southern district of New York said it has negotiated a deal with stakeholders “for a consensual recapitalisation” that will get debt off its balance sheet and “immediately position it for sustainable long-term growth.”

A Virgin Atlantic spokeswoman said the restructuring plan was before a British court “to secure approval from all relevant creditors before implementation.” The airline has over 10,000 UK staff and operates from Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester.

The US filing seeks protection from creditors in the United States under Chapter 15 of the US Bankruptcy Code, which allows a foreign debtor to shield assets in the UK.

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    • Herbert Lichtenwald

      05 August 2020 • 08:36

      wrong title
      corrupt, stupid politicians have destroyed the economy

      Reply
    • sean

      05 August 2020 • 12:36

      Virgin Atlantic Ltd has released its annual financial results for the year ended 31st December 2018. The company, comprising Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Holidays and cargo, reported a pre-tax loss of £26.1 million before tax and exceptional items – significantly improved from the £49.0m loss in 2017.

      How the hell does this bailout package of 1.2 billion even come close to the figures above???

      Tax payer funds anyone? take anything you want……UNREAL

      Reply

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