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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF BA COMPARED TO VIRGIN?

<strong>HOWARD WHEELDON </strong>BGC PARTNERS<br />If Virgin Atlantic has managed to &lsquo;steal&rsquo; customers away from other airlines such as BA and still been able to prove that it can make a half decent profit &ndash; albeit at miserably low margins &ndash; it would appear somewhat mean if I were not to offer congratulations to the airline founder for this seemingly splendid result.<br /><strong><br />DOUGLAS MCNEILL </strong> BLUE OAR SECURITIES<br />It is important to bear in mind that BA had some difficulties earlier in the year with the launch of Terminal 5, which dissuaded a lot of business-class passengers from flying with the airline. It&rsquo;s natural they would have lost some market share to Virgin, but we still have a &lsquo;buy&rsquo; on it and it will pull back.<br /><strong><br />MARK PRIEST </strong> ETX CAPITAL<br />After BA&rsquo;s crash landing last week it comes as some surprise that Virgin Atlantic is flying high. A 96 per cent increase in profits, partially driven by increases in premium passengers, seems to buck the trend of many. But the markets won&rsquo;t be fooled &ndash; the last quarter has not been short of turbulence for Virgin.