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Delta partner Virgin Atlantic to get new CEO in January

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British airline Virgin Atlantic is picking an insider to become the next CEO after Craig Kreeger retires.

The London-based carrier said Thursday that chief commercial officer Shai Weiss will take over Jan. 1. Weiss, who had been chairman of a Virgin investment fund, was named the airline’s chief financial officer in 2014.

Kreeger has been CEO since February 2013. Before that he spent 27 years at American Airlines.

TODAY IN THE SKY: Virgin Atlantic overhauls economy fares, adds no-frills option

Virgin Atlantic was founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, who remains president. The airline had 2017 revenue of 2.7 billion pounds ($3.6 billion US).

Delta Air Lines owns a 49 percent stake, and Air France-KLM owns 31 percent of Virgin. The carriers plan to combine their partnerships into a single trans-Atlantic joint venture that Virgin called its next mid-range corporate plan.

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Virgin Atlantic shows off its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

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Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson looks around

Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson looks around during his first post-delivery walk-through of Virgin Atlantic’s first-ever Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Adam Gerrard, Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson makes a grand

Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson makes a grand entrance amid signing choir members at a special press event to show off Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in Atlanta on Oct. 24, 2014.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Virgin Atlantic's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is

Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is seen in Atlanta on Oct. 24, 2014.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
A view from the cabin door shows the side of Virgin

A view from the cabin door shows the side of Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Virgin Atlantic named its first Dreamliner "Birthday

Virgin Atlantic named its first Dreamliner “Birthday Girl” in honor of the carrier’s 30th anniversary. The carrier began flying between London and Newark in the summer of 1983.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
The updated Upper Class cabin on Virgin Atlantic's

The updated Upper Class cabin on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
The Upper Class cabin on Virgin Atlantic's first Boeing

The Upper Class cabin on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
The Upper Class cabin on Virgin Atlantic's first Boeing

The Upper Class cabin on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
The bar in the Upper Class cabin on Virgin Atlantic's

The bar in the Upper Class cabin on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
The Upper Class cabin on Virgin Atlantic's first Boeing

The Upper Class cabin on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Looking from the back of the cabin toward the front,

Looking from the back of the cabin toward the front, a view of the Upper Class cabin on Virgin Atlantic’s first-ever Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Adam Gerrard, Virgin Atlantic
The bar in the Upper Class cabin on Virgin Atlantic's

The bar in the Upper Class cabin on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
The bar in the Upper Class cabin on Virgin Atlantic's

The bar in the Upper Class cabin on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  The bar in the Upper Class cabin on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Customers can help themselves to glasses -- and drinks

Customers can help themselves to glasses — and drinks — at the bar in the Upper Class cabin of Virgin Atlantic’s new Dreamliner aircraft.  Adam Gerrard, Virgin Atlantic
This 'wander wall' at the front of Virgin Atlantic's

This ‘wander wall’ at the front of Virgin Atlantic’s Premium Economy section gives passengers an option for an in-flight stroll.  Adam Gerrard, Virgin Atlantic
This 'wander wall' at the front of Virgin Atlantic's

This ‘wander wall’ at the front of Virgin Atlantic’s Premium Economy section gives passengers an option for an in-flight stroll. The carrier plans to stock it with newspapers, drinks and snacks.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
The seat-back entertainment screens in the Premium

The seat-back entertainment screens in the Premium Economy section on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
The the Premium Economy section on Virgin Atlantic's

The the Premium Economy section on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
The the Premium Economy section on Virgin Atlantic's

The the Premium Economy section on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
The the Premium Economy section on Virgin Atlantic's

The the Premium Economy section on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Seat-back screens in Virgin Atlantic's economy section.

Seat-back screens in Virgin Atlantic’s economy section.  Adam Gerrard, Virgin Atlantic
The coach class section on Virgin Atlantic's first

The coach class section on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
The coach class section on Virgin Atlantic's first

The coach class section on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
The cockpit on Virgin Atlantic's first Boeing 787-9

The cockpit on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
The cabin crew rest area located behind the cockpit

The cabin crew rest area located behind the cockpit on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Unlike some other airlines that have ordered Dreamliners,

Unlike some other airlines that have ordered Dreamliners, Virgin Atlantic’s loos do not have a view. ANA, for example, has windows in its Dreamliner lavatories.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
The tail of Virgin Atlantic's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

The tail of Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is seen in Atlanta on Oct. 24, 2014.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Designers show off the finished product to Richard

Designers show off the finished product to Richard Branson as he makes his first walk-through of Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Virgin Atlantic flight attendants hold U.S. and U.K.

Virgin Atlantic flight attendants hold U.S. and U.K. flags at a special press event to show off Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in Atlanta on Oct. 24, 2014.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson speaks at a

Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson speaks at a special press event to show off Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in Atlanta on Oct. 24, 2014.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Virgin Atlantic flight attendants watch from a rear

Virgin Atlantic flight attendants watch from a rear boarding door at press event to show off Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in Atlanta on Oct. 24, 2014.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson speaks to press

Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson speaks to press at a special press event to show off Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in Atlanta on Oct. 24, 2014.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson drew a media

Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson drew a media crowd to a special press event to show off Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in Atlanta on Oct. 24, 2014.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Virgin Atlantic's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at

Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at a special press event to show off the aircraft in Atlanta on Oct. 24, 2014.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Virgin Atlantic's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at

Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at a special press event to show off the aircraft in Atlanta on Oct. 24, 2014.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
The economy seat-back entertainment screens in Virgin

The economy seat-back entertainment screens in Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Adam Gerrard, Virgin Atlantic
The seat-back entertainment screens in Premium Economy

The seat-back entertainment screens in Premium Economy on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Adam Gerrard, Virgin Atlantic
Premium Economy seats on Virgin Atlantic's first Boeing

Premium Economy seats on Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Adam Gerrard, Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson shows thoughts

Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson shows thoughts about his carrier’s first ever Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Adam Gerrard, Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson shares

Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson shares a laugh with Virgin Atlantic executives and flight crew at a special event showing off the carrier’s first-ever Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Adam Gerrard, Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson sits at

Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson sits at the bar in the Upper Class cabin of Virgin Atlantic’s first-ever Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Adam Gerrard, Virgin Atlantic
This large galley in the rear of the aircraft has been

This large galley in the rear of the aircraft has been a big hit with flight crews, says Virgin Atlantic CEO Craig Kreeger.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY

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