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Encyclopedia > Virgin Atlantic Airways
Virgin Atlantic Airways
IATA
VS
ICAO
VIR
Callsign
VIRGIN
Founded 1984
Hubs London Heathrow Airport
London Gatwick Airport
Focus cities Manchester Airport
Frequent flyer program Flying Club
Member lounge Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse
Fleet size 38 (+27 orders)
Destinations 30
Parent company Virgin Group
Headquarters Crawley, England, United Kingdom
Key people Richard Branson (President)
Stephen Murphy (Chairman)
Steve Ridgway (CEO)
Website: http://www.virgin-atlantic.com

Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. (operating as Virgin Atlantic) is a British airline which is owned by Richard Branson's Virgin Group (51%) and Singapore Airlines (49%). It operates long-haul routes between the United Kingdom and North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia from its main bases at London Heathrow and London Gatwick. Virgin has a smaller base at Manchester Airport. The company holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, which permits it to carry passengers, cargo, and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.[1] Virgin Atlantic carried around 5.1 million passengers and made an annual profit of £46.8 million in 2007.[2] Image File history File links Virgin_Atlantic. ... IATA airline designators, sometimes called IATA reservation codes, are two-character codes assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the worlds airlines in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 762. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ICAO airline code. ... Most airlines employ a distinctive and internationally recognised call sign that is normally spoken during airband radio transmissions as a prefix to the flight number. ... An airline hub is an airport that an airline uses as a transfer point to get passengers to their intended destination. ... Heathrow redirects here. ... Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW, ICAO: EGKK) is Londons second largest airport and the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom after Heathrow. ... In the airline industry, a focus city is a location that is not a hub, but from which the airline has flights to at least several destinations other than its hubs. ... For City Airport Manchester, UK, see City Airport Manchester. ... Membership cards of FFP This article is about airline frequent flyer programs. ... The lounge at ZRH, Switzerland An airport lounge is a lounge owned by a particular airline (or jointly operated by several carriers). ... A holding company is a company that owns enough voting stock in another firm to control management and operations by influencing or electing its board of directors. ... Virgin Group Ltd is a group of separately run companies that each use the Virgin brand of British celebrity business tycoon Sir Richard Branson. ... For other uses, see Crawley (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. ... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ... A Chairman is the presiding officer of a meeting, organization, committee, or other deliberative body. ... Steve Ridgway is the CEO of Virgin Atlantic. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. ... Virgin Group Ltd is a group of separately run companies that each use the Virgin brand of British celebrity business tycoon Sir Richard Branson. ... Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 9V-SPA takes off from London Heathrow Airport bound for Singapore Changi Airport. ... North American redirects here. ... West Indies redirects here. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... Heathrow redirects here. ... Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW, ICAO: EGKK) is Londons second largest airport and the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom after Heathrow. ... For City Airport Manchester, UK, see City Airport Manchester. ... GBP redirects here. ...

Contents

History

Conception and birth

In 1982, Randolph Fields, an American-born lawyer, and Alan Hellary, a previous chief pilot for Laker Airways, set up British Atlantic Airways as a direct successor to Laker Airways. Randolph Fields (died 1997), was an Anglo American lawyer who co-founded British Atlantic Airways which would later become Virgin Atlantic Airways. ... Alan Hellary was the chief pilot for Laker Airways after having flown for many airlines before and is known to have been close friends with Freddie Laker. ... Laker Airways was a wholly privately owned, Independent British airline founded by the late Sir Freddie Laker in 1966. ...


Fields got the idea of setting up an airline flying from London to the Falkland Islands in June 1982, when the Falklands War had just finished and there was an apparent need for such a service.[3] However, Fields needed more expertise and so contacted Alan Hellary, Laker Airways' former chief pilot, who had apparently thought about establishing a regular, commercial air service linking the UK and the Falkland Islands at the same time. Hellary was still in contact with many former colleagues who were out of work following the collapse of Laker Airways. These people continued working on the aforesaid idea. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Belligerents Argentina United Kingdom Commanders President Leopoldo Galtieri Vice-Admiral Juan Lombardo Brigadier-General Ernesto Crespo Brigade-General Mario Menéndez Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse Rear-Admiral John “Sandy” Woodward Major-General Jeremy Moore Casualties and losses 649 killed 1,068 wounded 11,313 taken prisoner...

Airbus A340-600
Airbus A340-600

Unfortunately, the short runway at Port Stanley and the time it would take to improve it made the scheme unviable. Therefore, the idea of flying to the Falkland Islands was dropped. Instead, Hellary and Fields decided to try to secure a licence to fly from London Gatwick to JFK Airport in New York. A three-day hearing was held in May 1983. However, their application was rejected after both British Caledonian and BAA objected. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 512 pixelsFull resolution (2131 × 1363 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 512 pixelsFull resolution (2131 × 1363 pixel, file size: 2. ... Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340. ... Port Stanley Airport (IATA: PSY, ICAO: SFAL) is an airport in the Falkland Islands, two miles outside the capital, Stanley. ... Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW, ICAO: EGKK) is Londons second largest airport and the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom after Heathrow. ... For the regional airport in Wisconsin, see John F. Kennedy Memorial Airport. ... Livery of British Caledonian on an Airbus A310-200 circa 1984 British Caledonian Boeing 707 at Gatwick Airport June 1975. ... BAA Limited is the owner and operator of seven British airports and the operator of several other airports worldwide, making the company one of the largest transport companies in the world. ...


Despite the failure of the two earlier schemes, Hellary and Fields persevered, applying for a licence to fly between London Gatwick and Newark Liberty International Airport, just outside New York. It was planned that British Atlantic Airways would use a 380-seat DC10 to fly to Newark. However, faced with the prospect of direct competition from People Express, a rapidly expanding post-deregulation "no frills" discount airline also based at Newark, they decided to secure additional funding before proceeding with their proposed new airline venture. For the massive interchange outside of Newark Liberty International Airport, see Newark Airport Interchange. ... This article is about the state. ... DC10 redirects here. ... People Express Airlines, aka PEOPLExpress, was a U.S. no-frills airline that operated from 1981 to 1987. ... Deregulation is the process by which governments remove, reduce, or simplify restrictions on business and individuals in order to (in theory) encourage the efficient operation of markets. ... No-frills or no frills is the term used to describe any service or product for which the non-essential features (or frills) have been removed. ...


Fields met Richard Branson at a party in Central London during which he proposed a business partnership between Branson and himself to get his fledgling airline off the ground. After protracted and testy negotiations, Fields agreed to a reduced stake of 25% in the airline (renamed Virgin Atlantic) and became Virgin Atlantic's first chairman. (Following a series of disagreements over operational issues, Fields later agreed to be bought out for an initial sum of £1 million with further payment due upon Virgin's first dividend payment. As a result of a High Court action, this additional payment was received shortly before Fields' death from cancer in 1997. Fields also obtained lifetime Upper Class flying privileges for his immediate family and his mother, one of British Atlantic's early backers). Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. ... Central London is a much-used but unofficial and vaguely defined term for the most inner part of London, the capital of England. ...


On June 22, 1984 Virgin Atlantic operated its inaugural scheduled air service between London Gatwick and Newark Liberty using a single, leased Boeing 747-200 (G-VIRG) formerly operated by Aerolineas Argentinas. The airline became profitable during its first year of operation, aided by sister company Virgin Records' ability to finance the lease of a relatively inexpensive, second-hand Boeing 747. The firm also timed the start of operations to take advantage of a full summer's season, which included the June to September peak season - by far the most profitable travel period of the year. is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The Boeing 747, sometimes nicknamed the Jumbo Jet,[4][5] is a long-haul, widebody commercial airliner manufactured by Boeing in the United States. ... Aerol neas Argentinas is Argentinas largest domestic and international airline. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ...


Formative years

In 1986, the airline added another Boeing 747 and started a second scheduled route from Gatwick to Miami. Additional aircraft were acquired and further routes were launched from Gatwick to New York-JFK (1988), Tokyo (1989), Los Angeles (1990), Boston (1991), and Orlando (1992). In 1987 a service was launched between Luton and Dublin using Viscount turbo-prop aircraft, but this was withdrawn around 1990. , Destinations with direct service from Miami Miami International Airport (IATA: MIA, ICAO: KMIA, FAA LID: MIA) is a public airport located eight miles (13 km) northwest of the central business district of Miami, in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. ... Narita International Airport ) (IATA: NRT, ICAO: RJAA) is an international airport located in Narita, Chiba, Japan, in the eastern portion of the Greater Tokyo Area. ... LAX and KLAX redirect here. ... For the Logan airport in Billings, Montana, see Billings Logan International Airport. ... KMCO redirects here. ... London Luton Airport (IATA: LTN, ICAO: EGGW) (previously called Luton International Airport)[3] is an international airport located on the edge of the town of Luton, Bedfordshire, England approximately north of London. ... Private spiral ramp access to the main terminal building of Dublin (Áth Cliath) Airport Dublin Airport (IATA: DUB, ICAO: EIDW), or Aerfort Bhaile Átha Cliath in Irish, is operated by the Dublin Airport Authority plc. ... The Viscount was a medium-range turboprop airliner introduced in 1953 by Vickers-Armstrongs, making it the first such aircraft to enter service in the world. ...


Subsequent developments

Boeing 747-400 landing
Boeing 747-400 landing

In December 1999 Virgin Group sold 49% of the airline's holding company to Singapore Airlines for £600.25 million. Virgin Group still owns the remaining 51%. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 494 pixelsFull resolution (2170 × 1340 pixel, file size: 3. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 494 pixelsFull resolution (2170 × 1340 pixel, file size: 3. ... The Boeing 747-400 is the latest version of the Boeing 747 in service. ... Virgin Group Ltd is a group of separately run companies that each use the Virgin brand of British celebrity business tycoon Sir Richard Branson. ... Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 9V-SPA takes off from London Heathrow Airport bound for Singapore Changi Airport. ...


In August 2002, Virgin became the first airline to use the Airbus A340-600. Rolls-Royce Trent 500s power the Airbus A340-600s (though this is the only engine option for the type) and the Trent 900 will power Airbus A380s on order. For the road in England, see A340 road. ... Rolls-Royce Trent 900 on A380 prototype Rolls Royce Trent is a family of high bypass turbofan engines manufactured by Rolls-Royce. ... For the road in England, see A340 road. ... Rolls-Royce Trent 900 on A380 prototype Rolls Royce Trent is a family of high bypass turbofan engines manufactured by Rolls-Royce. ... The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine airliner manufactured by the European corporation Airbus, an EADS subsidiary. ...


Virgin Atlantic carried 3.8 million passengers in 2003.[4] This increased to 4.6 million in 2006, placing them seventh amongst UK airlines by this measure, but a clear second in passenger-kilometres, because of the long-haul nature of Virgin's operations.[5]


During the 2012 Summer Olympics bids, Virgin Atlantic attached "London 2012" decals to the rear of many of its aircraft in support of London's bid. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) accepted nine cities as applicants to bid on hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics. ...


Virgin volunteered one of its Boeing 747s for a test of biofuels in aviation. In February 2008, the aircraft flew from Heathrow to Amsterdam, with no passengers, and 20% of power for one engine was being provided by a plant-based biofuel, although the airline stated that would expect to use biofuels based on algae in future.[6] Biofuel is any fuel that derives from biomass _ recently living organisms or their metabolic byproducts, such as manure from cows. ... Osborne (talk) 20:17, 5 December 2007 (UTC):For the programming language, see algae (programming language) Laurencia, a marine red alga from Hawaii. ...


Growing rivalry with British Airways

Virgin Atlantic has been a bitter rival of British Airways since its inception.[7] For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ...


Background to opening up Heathrow

In January 1991, the UK Government opened the door for Virgin to operate from London Heathrow Airport when it decided to abolish the so-called "London Air Traffic Distribution Rules" in response to growing pressure from the industry. Heathrow redirects here. ...


Virgin Atlantic's precarious financial position during the early 1990s

According to some industry insider reports, Virgin Atlantic was facing increasing financial problems at that time. This was primarily the result of a sharp reduction in demand for air travel caused by the recession of the early 1990s as well as by the public's heightened fear to travel in the aftermath of the first Gulf War. Britain's then Conservative Government, which had presided over the spectacular collapse of the International Leisure Group (ILG) and its wholly owned subsidiary Air Europe resulting in 4,000 job losses[7] and was well aware that Dan-Air was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy during that time, was desperate to avoid the collapse of another prominent independent British airline, especially if its public profile was as high as Virgin Atlantic's. The Government was also conscious of the fact that many of these independent airlines' employees, whose jobs were threatened by the prevailing harsh economic climate at the time, lived in marginal Conservative constituencies. Therefore, the Government decided to let Virgin Atlantic into Heathrow by abolishing the "London Air Traffic Distribution Rules" despite facing mounting opposition from British Airways, whose senior management was exerting pressure on the Government to maintain the status quo. For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... The Conservative and Unionist Party, more commonly known as the Conservative Party, is currently the largest majortiy opposition party in the United Knigdom. ... Air Europe was a wholly privately owned, Independent British airline, established in 1978 under the working title Inter European Airways. ... Dan-Air (Dan Air Services Limited) is a defunct airline based in the United Kingdom. ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ...

Boeing 747-400 taking off
Boeing 747-400 taking off

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The "London Air Traffic Distribution Rules"

The "London Air Traffic Distribution Rules" came into effect on April 1, 1978 and were applied retroactively from the beginning of April 1977. These rules were designed to achieve a "fairer" distribution of traffic between London Heathrow and London Gatwick, the UK's two main international gateway airports. The policy was aimed at increasing Gatwick's utilisation to help the airport make a profit. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...


The "London Air Traffic Distribution Rules" stated that airlines that did not already operate an international scheduled air service from/to Heathrow prior to April 1, 1977 would not be permitted to commence operations at that airport. Instead, they would have to use Gatwick for all their London-based operations. However, airlines that did not already operate at Heathrow prior to this law taking effect could still commence domestic scheduled services at the airport provided that the BAA, which ran both Heathrow and Gatwick on behalf of the Government, as well as the incumbent Secretary of State for Transport granted them permission to do so. In addition, the "London Air Traffic Distribution Rules" banned all new all-cargo as well as all charter flights from Heathrow as of 1 April, 1978. is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


BA's response

The decision to open up Heathrow to all newcomers - other than those governed by Bermuda II - angered BA's then chairman, Lord King, who stopped British Airways' donations to the Conservative Party, which was in power in Britain at the time, in protest. Lord King was furthermore angered by the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority's subsequent decision to transfer two pairs of unused slots British Airways held at Tokyo's Narita International Airport to his archrival Virgin Atlantic to enable Virgin to increase its frequency between Heathrow and Tokyo from four to six weekly round-trips, thereby making it easier for Virgin to compete against British Airways in the highly lucrative business travel market. Lord King called the CAA's decision to transfer these slots to one of his rivals, which the Government had endorsed, "a confiscation of his company's property". Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Bermuda II is a Bilateral Air Transport Agreement between the governments of the United Kingdom and the United States signed on July 23, 1977 as a renegotiation of the original 1946 Bermuda Agreement. ... John Leonard King, Baron King of Wartnaby (August 29, 1917-July 12, 2005) was a businessman famous for leading British Airways from inefficient, nationalised company to one of the most successful airlines of recent times. ... The Conservative and Unionist Party, more commonly known as the Conservative Party, is currently the largest majortiy opposition party in the United Knigdom. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Narita International Airport ) (IATA: NRT, ICAO: RJAA) is an international airport located in Narita, Chiba, Japan, in the eastern portion of the Greater Tokyo Area. ...


"Dirty tricks"

The Government's decision to abolish the "London Air Traffic Distribution Rules" and to let a small, upstart airline like Virgin Atlantic commence operations at Heathrow in direct competition with British Airways then became the main trigger for BA's so-called "dirty tricks" campaign against Virgin. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ...


In 1998 BA's PR director David Burnside published an article in "BA News", British Airways' internal staff magazine, which argued that Branson's protestations against British Airways were merely a publicity stunt. Branson sued British Airways for libel. BA settled out of court when its lawyers unearthed evidence of the extraordinary lengths to which the company went to try to "kill off" Virgin. BA was faced with a legal bill of up to £3m, damages to Branson of £500,000 and a further £110,000 to his airline. Branson divided his £500,000 amongst his staff in the so-called "BA bonus", each receiving £166. David Wilson Boyd Burnside MLA (born 24 August 1951) is a Northern Ireland politician, and was Ulster Unionist Party Member of Parliament for South Antrim. ...

Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340-300
Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340-300

In the 1990s, Virgin Atlantic jets were painted with the words "No-Way BA/AA" in opposition to the attempted merger between British Airways and American Airlines [2]. Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340-300 (G-VHOL) on the approach to London (Heathrow) Airport (UK). ... Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340-300 (G-VHOL) on the approach to London (Heathrow) Airport (UK). ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ... American Airlines, Inc. ...


In 1997, following British Airways' announcement that it was to remove the Union Flag from its tailfins in favour of world images, Virgin took advantage of the controversy provoked by introducing a union flag design on the winglets of its aircraft and changed the red dress on the "Scarlet Lady" on the nose of its aircraft to the union flag with the tag line "Britain's Flag Carrier". This was a "tongue-in-cheek" challenge to BA's traditional role as the UK's "flag carrier". Union Jack redirects here. ... In 1997 British Airways adopted a new livery. ...


Relations with British Airways improved considerably with the arrival of Rod Eddington as BA CEO though the rivalry between the two airlines continued. Eddington replaced Robert Ayling, a key player in the "dirty tricks" affair who was dismissed by Lord Marshall, the long-serving BA chairman and Mr. Ayling's chief mentor, on behalf of BA's main institutional shareholders after BA had suffered its first net loss since privatisation on Mr. Ayling's watch during its 1999/2000 financial year. Sir Rod Eddington is an Australian businessman perhaps best known as CEO of British Airways from 2000 to 2005. ... Bob Ayling is a British businessman who has been involved in many high profile companies and organisations. ... Colin Marsh Marshall, Baron Marshall of Knightsbridge (16 November 1933— ) is a British businessman and member of the House of Lords. ... A fiscal year or financial year is a 12-month period used for calculating annual (yearly) financial reports in businesses and other organizations. ...


In June 2006, a tip-off from Virgin Atlantic led US and UK competition authorities to investigate alleged price-fixing between Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. In August 2007, BA was fined a total of £271 million by the UK's Office of Fair Trading and the US Department of Justice over the allegations. Virgin Atlantic was not fined for its involvement in the price fixing as it was given immunity for reporting the cartel to regulators. The Office of Fair Trading or OFT is a UK statutory body established by the Fair Trading Act 1973, which enforces both consumer protection and competition law, acting as the UKs economic regulator. ... The Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in Washington, D.C. “Justice Department” redirects here. ...


Destinations

Nearly 75% of Virgin's flights operate from London Heathrow, with the remainder operating from London Gatwick. There are some services from Manchester Airport and one flight from Glasgow International Airport. This is a list of destinations served by Virgin Atlantic Airways Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340-600 at Tokyos Narita Airport. ... Heathrow redirects here. ... Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW, ICAO: EGKK) is Londons second largest airport and the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom after Heathrow. ... For City Airport Manchester, UK, see City Airport Manchester. ... Glasgow Airport redirects here. ...


Fleet

Virgin Atlantic's fleet is composed of both Airbus and Boeing aircraft with an average age of 6.7 years as of March 2008.[8] Boeing 747-400s are used on all routes from Gatwick and Manchester. Boeing 747s and Airbus A340s are used interchangeably on routes from Heathrow. The Boeing 747-400 is the latest version of the Boeing 747 in service. ... For the road in England, see A340 road. ...


In addition to having some Airbus A340-600 aircraft still on order, Virgin Atlantic also has both Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A380-800 aircraft on order that will be delivered beginning in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Originally, the A380 was expected to enter service in 2006 but was delayed until 2009 because of problems within Airbus. Virgin then deferred its order to 2013, arguing that it wanted the aircraft to prove itself before it put its own A380s into operation.[9] The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a mid-sized, wide-body, twin engine jet airliner currently in production by Boeing Commercial Airplanes and scheduled to enter service in November 2008. ... The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine airliner manufactured by the European corporation Airbus, an EADS subsidiary. ... Airbus S.A.S. (pronounced in English, in French, and in German) is an aircraft manufacturing subsidiary of EADS, a European aerospace concern. ...

Airbus A340 in maintenance
Airbus A340 in maintenance

The 787 order was announced on April 24, 2007, and it included an order of fifteen 787-9s with options on eight more and purchase rights on twenty more. The aircraft will replace Virgin’s older A340-300s and will enable network growth.[10] Virgin has listed Rio de Janeiro, Seattle, Vancouver, Bangkok, and Melbourne as possible new destinations for the aircraft, while also stating that the 787’s long range would make non-stop operations from London to Perth, Australia and Honolulu, Hawaii economically viable for the first time in the airline’s history.[11] Virgin is also in negotiations with both Boeing and Airbus over an order for ten high-capacity, fuel-efficient, long-haul, widebodied jets for the airline's Gatwick-based fleet. This could potentially be either a new order for the Boeing 747-8 or an order for additional Airbus A380-800s. The decision is expected in May 2008. Deliveries of the new fleet are to begin in 2012, in time for the 2012 London Olympics.[12] Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 442 pixelsFull resolution (2710 × 1497 pixel, file size: 472 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Cropped and cleaned up version of original GNU Free Documentation 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 442 pixelsFull resolution (2710 × 1497 pixel, file size: 472 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Cropped and cleaned up version of original GNU Free Documentation 1. ... is the 114th day of the year (115th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This article is about the Brazilian city. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... For other uses, see Vancouver (disambiguation). ... Location within in Thailand Coordinates: , Country Settled Ayutthaya Period Founded as capital 21 April 1782 Government  - Type Special administrative area  - Governor Apirak Kosayothin Area  - City 1,568. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... Location of Perth within Australia This article is about the metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia. ... For the city and county of Honolulu, see City & County of Honolulu. ... The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA, TYO: 7661) is a major aerospace and defense corporation, originally founded by William Edward Boeing. ... Airbus S.A.S. (pronounced in English, in French, and in German) is an aircraft manufacturing subsidiary of EADS, a European aerospace concern. ... The Boeing 747-8 is the latest variant of the Boeing 747, officially announced in 2005. ... London 2012 redirects here. ...

Boeing 747-400 “Lady Penelope“ special paint scheme.The Scarlet Lady has been moved to the back of the aircraft
Boeing 747-400 “Lady Penelope“ special paint scheme.The Scarlet Lady has been moved to the back of the aircraft

Virgin’s aircraft are painted in a mainly red and silver livery that was introduced in October 2006 with the delivery of G-VRED, and will eventually adorn the entire fleet. Near the nose of each aircraft is a pinup girl motif designed by British artist Ken White, called a “Scarlet Lady”. White modeled the motif on the iconic World War II era pin-up girls of Alberto Vargas[citation needed]—hence the namimg of one of the fleet as Varga Girl. The motif was updated with the addition of the 1999 Silver livery. Each one carries a Union Flag and has a unique name. The names are usually feminine, such as Ladybird, Island Lady and Ruby Tuesday, but are sometimes named after destinations. A notable exception is The Spirit of Sir Freddie. It was named in honour of Freddie Laker of the defunct Laker Airways, who helped get Virgin Atlantic up and running following the demise of his own airline. G-VFAB, Lady Penelope, gained a special edition livery to celebrate Virgin Atlantic’s 21st birthday. The Scarlet Lady was moved to the rear of the aircraft, a Boeing 747-400, and the aircraft was temporarily renamed Birthday Girl. The Boeing 747-400 is the latest version of the Boeing 747 in service. ... A pin-up girl is a woman whose physical attractiveness would entice one to place a picture of her on a wall. ... Alberto Vargas (1896–1982) was a noted painter of pin-up girls and erotica. ... Union Jack redirects here. ... Freddie Laker Sir Frederick Alfred Laker (6 August 1922 – 9 February 2006), was a British airline entrepreneur, best known for founding Laker Airways in 1966, which went spectacularly bust in 1982. ... Laker Airways was a wholly privately owned, Independent British airline founded by the late Sir Freddie Laker in 1966. ...


On September 27, 2006, Richard Branson, on behalf of Virgin Atlantic Airways, announced plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by cutting down on aircraft weight and fuel consumption. There was also an experiment to have aircraft towed to the runway to save fuel, but this has not resulted in a change of operational procedures.[13] is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. ...

Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340-600 G-VYOU Emmeline Heaney
Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340-600 G-VYOU Emmeline Heaney

Two Virgin Atlantic aircraft are featured briefly in the James Bond film, Casino Royale. One Airbus A340-600 (G-VWIN) and one Boeing 747-400-along with Richard Branson and Virgin Atlantic crew—are part of a scene at Miami International Airport (although the sequence was filmed at Ruzyně International Airport in Prague).[14] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1802x1275, 376 KB) Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340-600 (G-VYOU) lands at London Heathrow Airport, England. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1802x1275, 376 KB) Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340-600 (G-VYOU) lands at London Heathrow Airport, England. ... Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340. ... Casino Royale (2006) is the 21st film in the James Bond series and the first to star Daniel Craig as MI6 agent James Bond. ... For the road in England, see A340 road. ... , Destinations with direct service from Miami Miami International Airport (IATA: MIA, ICAO: KMIA, FAA LID: MIA) is a public airport located eight miles (13 km) northwest of the central business district of Miami, in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. ... RuzynÄ› International Airport (IATA: PRG, ICAO: LKPR) serves Prague, Czech Republic. ... For other uses, see Prague (disambiguation). ...


In November 2007, the Spice Girls announced that Virgin Atlantic would be the airline partner for The Return of the Spice Girls world tour. A promotional plane-naming competition was held to name the Boeing 747-400 aircraft that the Spice Girls would travel on. In December 2007, G-VFAB was renamed Spice One. The Spice Girls are a girl pop group formed in 1994, consisting of Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm. ... The Return of the Spice Girls was a Spice Girls concert tour that visited five countries and commenced on December 2, 2007 in Vancouver, Canada[1] and ended in Toronto on February 26, 2008. ... The Boeing 747-400 is the latest version of the Boeing 747 in service. ...


Current

For more details on this topic, see Virgin Atlantic Airways Fleet.

Virgin Atlantic’s fleet consists of the following aircraft as of August 2007: The Virgin Atlantic Airways Fleet is composed of 37 aircraft as of March 2007. ...

Aircraft Total Passengers
(Upper/Premium Economy/Economy)
Notes
Airbus A340-300 6 240 (34/35/171)
Airbus A340-600 19
(6 orders)
(13 options)
308 (45/38/225) Deliveries: 2008-2009
Airbus A380-800 (6 orders)
(6 options)
Entry into service: 2013
Boeing 747-400 13 LGW 1
452 (14/58/380)
LGW 2
451 (14/58/379)
LHR
344 (54/62/228)
Boeing 787-9 (15 orders)
(8 options)
Entry into service: 2011
Trent 1000 Engines[15]

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Retired

In the past, Virgin Atlantic has operated a variety of aircraft. Its retired fleet consists of:

Aircraft Total Notes
Airbus A320-200 4 Operated for Virgin Sun Airlines
Airbus A321-200 2 Operated for Virgin Sun Airlines
Airbus A340-300 4
Boeing 737-400 1 Leased from and operated by Air UK Leisure 1993/94
Boeing 747-100 1
Boeing 747-200 14 G-VIRG was Virgin's first aircraft
Boeing 767-300ER 1 Leased from and operated by Martinair 1996/97
Vickers Viscount 4 Operated for Virgin by British Air Ferries

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Cabin

All Virgin Atlantic aircraft are in a three-class configuration with Economy, Premium Economy, and Upper Class cabins. Premium Economy is a travel class offered on some airlines as a form of upgrade to the Economy class, typically by offering better seats at 36-38 seat pitch (offering more legroom), leg rest, personal entertainment and dedicated cabin crews. ...


Economy

Economy is the standard coach class of Virgin Atlantic and has fairly standard amenities for a Legacy carrier, such as free meals and drinks and a free amenity kit. Seats have a maximum seat pitch of 81 cm (depending on the aircraft type). In addition, updated economy seats have adjustable lumbar support, and are currently being installed across Virgin Atlantic’s fleet. Refering to the airline industry, a Legacy Carrier is an airline revolving around a hub & spoke network and a corporate structure. ... A centimetre (American spelling centimeter, symbol cm) is a unit of length that is equal to one hundredth of a metre, the current SI base unit of length. ...


Premium Economy

Premium Economy has a separate check-in area, priority boarding ahead of Economy passengers, a wider seat with more legroom than Economy, and additional cabin services such a preflight drink and dedicated cabin crew. As with Economy, in November 2006, Virgin launched an updated product with a wider seat that also supplies laptop power. It is being continually rolled out across the fleet starting with Heathrow-based A340 aircraft. As of April 2008 all A340s have the new product. The 747s based at Heathrow completed their refit by December 2007 and have an updated configuration of 62 seats all located downstairs.[16]


Upper Class

Upper Class is the equivalent of business class on all Virgin Atlantic Airways’ flights. Virgin does not offer a traditional First Class cabin service and Upper Class is denoted by the International Standard of Service class code J, meaning “Premium Business Class”.[17] The Upper Class seat is claimed by the airline to be the biggest fully flat bed compared with any other airline’s business class service (it is approximately 202 cm long and 84 cm wide), however Singapore Airlines has made a similar claim.[18] The seat offers in-seat laptop power and power leads for iPods and Upper Class passengers have access to a chauffeur, the clubhouse (lounge), a larger menu than that of Premium Economy and Economy passengers, an in-flight bar, and in-flight massages. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... iPod is a brand of portable media players designed and marketed by Apple Inc. ... A chauffeur in Japan A driver in Kerala A chauffeur is one who drives an automobile as a job. ... The lounge at ZRH, Switzerland An airport lounge is a lounge owned by a particular airline (or jointly operated by several carriers). ...


In-flight entertainment

All Virgin Atlantic aircraft offer personal seat-back televisions that provide various entertainment channels. Certain aircraft (some 747-400s and all A340-600s) have an Audio/Video on Demand (AVOD) system called V:Port. Older "Odyssey" and "Nova" IFE systems can be found on various aircraft in the fleet. These have smaller screens and are constantly broadcasting audio and video on a loop rather than broadcasting on demand. In-flight entertainment (IFE) refers to the entertainment available to aircraft passengers during a flight. ...


Incidents and accidents

Airbus 340-600 at Tokyo-Narita
Airbus 340-600 at Tokyo-Narita
  • On 5 November, 1997, after numerous attempts to shake free the jammed main landing gear of an Airbus A340-300 G-VSKY failed, the aircraft made an emergency landing at London Heathrow Airport. The aircraft and the runway were damaged as the landing gear collapsed. The aircraft was evacuated safely causing only minor injuries.
  • On 8 February, 2005, onboard an Airbus A340-600 aircraft (G-VATL) en route from Hong Kong to London, the fuel control computer system caused a loss of automatic fuel transfer between tanks. The left outboard engine lost power, and shortly after the right outboard engine also began to falter until the crew began crossfeeding fuel manually. The crew diverted to Amsterdam, where a safe landing was made. The interim accident report made 4 safety recommendations addressed to the primary certification bodies for large transport category aircraft (EASA and the FAA), advising on the need for a low fuel warning system for large aircraft. [19]
  • On 15 July, 2006, G-VWKD (an Airbus A340-600), during take off at Hong Kong International Airport, suffered damage because of a tailstrike and was forced to dump fuel in Hong Kong airspace and return to the airport for repairs.

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Slogans

Over the years, Virgin has used many slogans, including:

  • "Mine's Bigger Than Yours"

Written on the back of the Airbus A340-600s because they are the longest passenger aircraft in the world Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340. ...

  • "4 Engines 4 Longhaul"

Originally an Airbus slogan when newer versions of the A340 were built until Virgin inherited the slogan. These were written on the engines of planes, because all Virgin's planes at the time were quad-jets as opposed to BA's long haul twin-jet Boeing 777s and Boeing 767s. The slogan was removed in 2006 because it "had run its course and it was time to move on"—Virgin would later order Boeing 787 twin-jet aircrafts in 2007. The Boeing 777 is an American long-range wide-body twin-engine airliner built by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. ... American Airlines Boeing 767-300 at Gatwick Airport, England. ... The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a mid-sized, wide-body, twin engine jet airliner currently in production by Boeing Commercial Airplanes and scheduled to enter service in November 2008. ...

  • "Avoid The Q"

Used to advertise Virgin's London to Hong Kong to Sydney service. The Q is a double entendre, referring to both queues (with Virgin's online check-in feature) and Qantas, which also operates the same route. Heathrow redirects here. ... Sydney Airport redirects here. ... Queue at US Air Force station in Iraq, for food at a birthday celebration. Queue areas are areas in which people queue (first-come, first-served), that is they wait in line for something. ... Qantas Airways Limited (IPA: ) is the national airline of Australia. ...

  • "Keep Discovering - Until You Find The Best"

Used to promote the London to Dubai service, playing with rival airline Emirates' slogan 'Keep Discovering' Heathrow redirects here. ... Interior view of Dubai International Airport Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB, ICAO: OMDB) (Arabic: مطار دبي الدولي) is the international airport serving Dubai, the largest city of the United Arab Emirates. ... Emirates Airline (shortened form: Emirates) (Arabic: طيران الإماراتTayarān al-Imārāt) is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group. ...

  • "BA can't keep it [Concorde] up!"

Written on the back of G-VFOX during June and July of 2003 after British Airways announced it would retire Concorde the following October. For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ... For other uses, see Concorde (disambiguation). ...

  • "No Way BA/AA"

Used in the late 1990s on several 747-400s to express Branson's displeasure with the proposed British Airways/American Airlines partnership. BA/AA combined held 100% market share on several US-UK routes (e.g. Dallas-Fort Worth to London), and a market share of more than 50% in several more (e.g. Chicago to London, JFK to London). For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ... American Airlines, Inc. ... DFW redirects here. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... OHare International Airport (IATA:ORD, ICAO:KORD) is an airport located in Chicago, Illinois, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of the Chicago Loop. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For the regional airport in Wisconsin, see John F. Kennedy Memorial Airport. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Others Include: "More experience than the name suggests," "Virgin, seeks travel companion(s)," "Love at first flight," "You never forget your first time," "Extra inches where it counts," "Fly a younger fleet," "One call does it all," "Hello gorgeous" and, in a campaign featuring Austin Powers, "There's only one Virgin on this T-shirt (or bus, etc.) baby," and "Twice a day to London" in which Austin Powers is seen riding on the fuselage of a Virgin Atlantic 747. During that time G-VTOP was temporarily named "Austin Powered". The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...


Further reading

  • Gregory, Martyn. Dirty Tricks: British Airways' Secret War Against Virgin Atlantic. New York: Virgin, 2000. ISBN 0-7535-0458-8
  • Bower, Tom. Branson. UK: Fourth Estate, 2001 ISBN 1-84115-400-8
  • Branson, Richard (2006 [2nd reprint]). Losing my Virginity - The Autobiography. Virgin Books Ltd.. ISBN 0-7535-1020-0. 

See also

Virgin America is a U.S. based low-cost airline that began service on 8 August 2007. ... Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd is an Australian low-cost airline and Australias second-biggest airline. ... A Boeing 737 of Virgin Express Virgin Express is an airline which was created within the Virgin Group. ... Virgin Galactic is a company within Sir Richard Bransons Virgin Group, which plans to offer sub-orbital spaceflights and later orbital spaceflights to the paying public. ... Virgin Nigeria Airways Limited is an airline based in Ikeja in Lagos State, Nigeria and operates scheduled international, regional and domestic passenger services. ... The Scaled Composites Model 311 Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer (FAA: N277SF), also known as the Capricorn is an aircraft designed by Burt Rutan which Steve Fossett flew in a non-stop solo trip around the world in 67 hours from 00:47 March 1, 2005 UTC until March 3, 2005. ... V Australia is a long haul international airline owned by Virgin Blue Holdings Limited, expected to begin flights between Australia and the west coast of the United States in the last quarter of 2008. ...

References

  1. ^ Operating Licence
  2. ^ Virgin Atlantic Airways – Company Overview (PDF). Virgin Atlantic Airways. Retrieved on 2008-04-03.
  3. ^ West Sussex County Times, Friday, January 20, 1984 Page 1
  4. ^ 2003 UK Airline Statistics. UK CAA. Retrieved on 2008-03-09.
  5. ^ 2006 UK Airline Statistics. UK CAA. Retrieved on 2008-03-09.
  6. ^ "First biofuel flight touches down". 
  7. ^ a b Losing my Virginity - The Autobiography., Branson, R., Virgin Books Ltd., London, 2006 (2nd reprint), p. 362
  8. ^ Virgin Atlantic fleet. Planesregister.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-10.
  9. ^ Goldstein, Steve. "Virgin Atlantic to delay A380 deliveries until 2013", Dow Jones MarketWatch, October 26, 2006. Retrieved on 2006-10-26. 
  10. ^ "Virgin Reveals Dreamliner order", Airliner World, June 2007, p. 4. 
  11. ^ Virgin Atlantic Press Release dated 24 April 2007
  12. ^ AIRwise.com, 18 October, 2007 - Virgin Atlantic In Talks Over 10 Long-haul Planes
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ "James Bond Seeks Out Virgin Atlantic for "Casino Royale" Assignment," Virgin Atlantic press release, 4 July 2006.
  15. ^ Virgin selects Trent 1000 for 787s Flight Global, 03/03/08
  16. ^ Virgin Atlantic 744 seating configuration 4. Retrieved on October 20, 2007.
  17. ^ Expedia Travel Manager Resource Center
  18. ^ Singapore Airlines "The largest full-flat bed in Business Class"
  19. ^ Airbus A340-642, G-VATL. UK AAIB. Retrieved on 2007-07-26.

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