January 2022 VA Update

Hello Pilots,

First of all happy new year and we wish you all the best in 2022! This news update brings some more airline news and development updates.

Airline News

The IAG group has stated to no longer takeover Air Europa, therefore this airline will remain part of SkyTeam and also this VA. China Southern's joint venture with the Air France-KLM group has come to a close and given the closening ties to American Airlines we are exploring moving this airline to our sister VA Oneworld virtual. Please let us know your thoughts on this in the forum.

Pending other developments Virgin Australia's ties to Delta will move to United Airlines in April 2022, and this airline will be moved to Star Alliance virtual then. Suparna Airlines, partly owned by China Airlines has been added to the VA to provide more varied freight routes around the world. We will as always do our best to mirror real-world developments and things may change in the coming months.

Development Updates

We are working on a rework of the booking page to provide a better, simplified experience when booking flights. This will include a rework of the current booking page, as well as back-end changes that will enable us to more easily switch between summer and winter flying season's. Hopefully lessing the delay in updating routes in the future.

The VAS ACARS native X-Plane support and support for Linux and macOS are currently undergoing testing and we hope to launch these features in the coming weeks.

Tour updates

The monthly tour takes you across the the Eastern seaboard of North America. A number of tours are currently in the process of being reworked and for more updates on retiring tours please check the Event and Tours section on the homepage.

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