I’m told by a source at Star Alliance; Virgin Atlantic will be joining “very soon”. Again this is just leaked information. Richard Branson hinted that Virgin will be joining a global alliance soon. Star is the one that would not be a big surprise as Singapore airlines a Star member owns 49% of Virgin Atlantic. Star also lost bmi earlier this year.
Virgin Atlantic will soon be starting their first domsic UK flight from Manchester to London soon. Could more UK feeder flights be added to grab some long hall passengers from other Star airlines to/from LHR?
British Airways is One World and it would be highly unlikely Virgin or BA would go for that. Sky Team is the other option, but being that Virgin has co share agreements with other Star Alliance members and is about 1/2 owned by a current member airline, Star is looking good for Virgin.