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New Orlando service from Virgin

A new service between Glasgow and the US launched over the weekend (June 23rd), aimed at families looking for a summer break.

On Saturday, the inaugural Virgin Atlantic from Glasgow to Orlando took off from the Scottish airport. The flights will be operated by a 747-400 aircraft.

Last weekend's flight was the first of four that the airline will operate over the coming weekends from Glasgow to Miami coinciding with the Scottish schools' summer holiday.

Flights will then resume on a weekly basis on October 6th to cater for the half-term market. The final flight of the year will be on October 13th. However, Virgin revealed that there are plans to offer the service in April, June, July and October 2008.

"We are thrilled about the new Glasgow to Orlando flights," said Amanda Wills, the managing director for Virgin Holidays. "The new route is already proving to be very popular as holidays to Orlando from Glasgow are quickly selling out."

Gordon Dewar, the managing director of Glasgow International Airport, added: "Virgin Atlantic are one of the biggest names in the airline industry, and one of the world's fastest growing airlines, with a rapidly expanding international route network that now includes Scotland, for the first time ever."