Control of Richard Branson’s first airline, Virgin Atlantic, is about to move offshore as Delta Air Lines & Air France receive permission for joint control of the carrier.

Approval came from the European commission this week, and will see the American and French airline have majority stake in Virgin Atlantic.

While Delta Air Lines already owns 49 percent of the 35-year-old airline, the European Commission’s approval allows Air France/KLM to proceed with its 31 percent ownership, Business Traveller reported.

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Although joint control isn’t expected to have an immediate impact on travellers, experts have predicted that the joint control could eventually result in schedule changes and new flights.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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In the meantime, Virgin Atlantic has been focusing on decreasing its carbon footprint by trialing biofuel on commercial flights. The airline was the first in the world to send a Boeing 747 from Orlando to London Gatwick in October last year, with a new kind of biofuel powered by alcohol. Click here to read more about it.

 

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