British Airways has lost the chance to take Prime Minister Gordon Brown to the G20 summit in Pittsburgh after Virgin Atlantic undercut the price by around 30 percent.
BA had been carrying successive British Prime Ministers since privatization in the 1980s. But next month’s summit will be the first time Virgin has flown Gordon Brown, and is expected to generate huge media interest as it will be the first hosted by President Obama.
A Virgin Atlantic spokesman said, “We are clearly delighted that the Prime Minister has chosen to fly with us. We hope it will b e the first of many similar trips."
In June, on the 25th anniversary of Virgin Atlantic, Gordon Brown praised the company for its “pioneering spirit.”
The Prime Minister also uses the RAF, or Queen’s flight, based at RAF Northolt, from time to time depending on cost and the size of his delegation.