Virgin Atlantic is to lease Aer Lingus planes and staff, branded as Virgin, to operate its flights between Heathrow and Scotland.
The flights will start on 31st March 2013. Virgin will operate nine daily services to Scotland, which will include three round trips from London to Aberdeen, and six from London to Edinburgh.
The Airbus 320s will be branded with Virgin’s red livery, and crew will wear Virgin’s uniforms; however, the aircraft and the staff will be from Aer Lingus.
A spokesman for Virgin said: “Sir Richard Branson’s airline will provide a bespoke Virgin Atlantic product and service on all of its short haul flights and has signed a letter of intent with Aer Lingus as a wet lease partner to supply the crew and Airbus narrow body aircraft required, which will be fully Virgin branded.
“Virgin’s decision was taken after hard fought competition from two carriers with two excellent business cases being presented to the airline.”
Tickets for Virgin domestic flights go on sale from 19th December.