Most people miss the point - the trans-atlantic traffic will resume at some time - and until then the British government most likely will lend money to British carriers, and if not lend, then gurantee. I think it is quite premature to consider Virgin Atlantic dead. What you may not realize is that the US government said a precedent by subsidizing US carriers. And of course, Europe will not let its carriers compete with companies sopnsored by the US government. Since BA will get financing, Virgin will get financing too. By now it should be quite clear to everybody that if BA gets rescued then Virgin gets rescued as well.