Virgin Atlantic CEO, Steve Ridgway, stated the carrier is open to acquisition opportunities and acquisitions could be on the carrier's agenda, including bmi (Travel Trade Gazette, 20-Sep-2010). Mr Ridgway confirmed Virgin Atlantic plans to grow, included acquiring slots at London Heathrow and putting the A380 and B787 into service.
Virgin Atlantic: “There is a logic in buying bmi, which is now part of Lufthansa. But there are other opportunities and we are very aware that the industry is consolidating fast,” Steve Ridgway, CEO. Source: Travel Trade Gazette, 20-Sep-2010.