Virgin Atlantic could possibly be in imminent hazard of collapse with out authorities assist, founder Richard Branson has warned.
In an open letter to workers, the entrepreneur stated the coronavirus pandemic had created probably the most difficult buying and selling setting the service had ever confronted.
Rebutting claims he was searching for “free cash”, Branson urged officers to supply the struggling service with capital on industrial phrases.
“Along with the group at Virgin Atlantic, we are going to do every part we are able to to maintain the airline going – however we are going to want authorities assist to attain that within the face of the extreme uncertainty surrounding journey immediately and never figuring out how lengthy the planes can be grounded for,” stated Branson.
“This could be within the type of a industrial mortgage – it wouldn’t be free cash and the airline would pay it again.
“The truth of this unprecedented disaster is that many airways around the globe want authorities assist and lots of have already obtained it.
“With out it there received’t be any competitors left and lots of of 1000’s extra jobs can be misplaced, together with important connectivity and big financial worth.”
Virgin Atlantic is owned by the Virgin Group, which holds a 20 per cent stake, Air France-KLM (31 per cent) and Delta Air Traces (49 per cent).
The service is believed to be searching for £500 million from the UK authorities, however has seen purposes rejected after failing to discover different sources of finance.
On the opposite facet of the world, Virgin Australia can be searching for authorities assist.
Branson added: “The identical is true in Australia, the place the sensible Virgin Australia group is combating to outlive and wish assist to get by this catastrophic world disaster.
“We’re hopeful that Virgin Australia can emerge stronger than ever, as a extra sustainable, financially viable airline.
“If Virgin Australia disappears, Qantas would successfully have a monopoly of the Australian skies.”