I have nothing to do with VS management.
These slots must be used for UK domestic, specific European and Middle Eastern destinations.
Actually they don't, these slots can be used for whatever anybody wants. If they end up being used on a route that BA is currently on then great, more competition.
BA isn't doing any of the old BMed routes and the only duplication in the ME between BA/bmi is the Saudi stuff.
If virgin get some slots they could quite easily compete on other more appropriate routes to N.America / S.America or the Far East.
Lets face it few in there right mind will take the slots on to do the same routes that bmi were doing. Look at what a great job they were doing of it.
With Sir Dickie making a song and dance about the takeover it looks more than likely that there is some positioning going on here in order to pick up some slots and compete against BA on longhaul routes, none of the shorthaul crap bmi have been making a hash off.