Sunday, 11 April 2010

Virgin Atlantic


Reservations: 0844 209 7777 (Open 24 hours/day)
Upper Class Reservations: 0844 579 1111 (Open 24 hours/day) If you come through to this number and you are not travelling in Upper Class, your call will be transferred.
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Our rating   5 stars.

Virgin Atlantic are held with high regard both within and out of the aviation industry,  they are a leading airline in terms of customer services,  regularly winning awards from the very passengers that fly them and from the travel industry as a whole.    They have a good safety record and a very good on-time rating, making them a very popular choice.

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Expedia.comHeaded by the vibrant, colourful Sir Richard Branson the airline’s name and aircraft can often be found in the headlines and in films and TV shows.   The airline is and always will be Richard’s baby, and it’s a common sight to see him dishing out drinks and chatting to passengers on-board a flight.
Sir Richard Branson
Break through service,  particularly in the business/upper class cabin has seen the airline become the envy of many a CEO in the business,  which is why more and more people want to fly with the airline.

One not of caution though,  some of it’s holiday flights to the Caribbean do tend to get delayed more frequently than other airlines.

Virgin current fleet includes Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 aircraft. They have also ordered six Airbus A380 aircraft, due to be delivered from 2015. These double-decker aircraft are the world's largest, and will improve service innovations. Ten Airbus A330-300s will also form part of our growing fleet from early 2011, whilst 15 of the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will start operation across our network in 2014 – providing that Boeing can sort out the numerous problems that are evident with the design and build of that type.
Virgin is often seen as a launch customer of a particular aircraft type,  gaining a blast of glitzy publicity,  they then lease, sell or hive off the new aircraft to other airlines, preferring to wait a while before taking new models. 

Virgin Atlantic 747-400 in flight
Back in the early 80s Richard Branson was probably best known for Virgin Records - the legendary record label that signed major names like the Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson and The Human League. In 1984, much to the horror of his directors, Richard announced to the world that a high quality, value for money airline would begin operating within three months. Three months, some licences, staff and an aircraft packed with celebrities later, Virgin Atlantic Airways was born. By the end of the decade we had flown over 1 million passengers and started shaking up services onboard by being the first airline to offer individual TVs to their business class passengers..


Virgin Atlantic Tailfin
In 1992 Richard sold Virgin Music to Thorn EMI and invested the proceeds into Virgin Atlantic, improving on an already great service. In the same year we launched the first super economy service that went on to become our award winning Premium Economy. We spent most of the Nineties buying new planes, expanding our route network and generally breaking new ground in passenger service, both on the ground and in the air. In 1999 Richard sold a 49% stake in the company to Singapore Airlines valuing us at a minimum of £1.225bn. In the same year, for services to entrepreneurship Richard received a knighthood.


Upper Class Suite Seat

The naughties have proved exciting times...

In 2003 came the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s revolutionary Upper Class Suite, the longest and most comfortable flat bed and seat in business class.
The new Virgin Clubhouse at Heathrow opened in March 2006. Amongst the many unique features of the flagship lounge are a cocktail bar, a hair salon, a Cowshed spa, a brasserie and a games room.

In 2007 came the launch of Virgin Atlantic's brand new check in facilities at Heathrow Terminal Three. For Economy and Premium Economy passengers Zone A is now wider, brighter and more spacious, enabling passengers to check-in at kiosks in a faster and more stress-free way. For Upper Class passengers, came the Upper Class Wing which offers a private security corridor so passengers can speed through the terminal to the Clubhouse quicker than ever before.

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In 2008 we operated a pioneering biofuel demonstration with Boeing and engine manufacturer GE Aviation on a 747 between London and Amsterdam. This was the world's first flight using biofuel by a commercial airline. Virgin Atlantic has also ordered 15 of the 787-9 Dreamliners which burn around 27% less fuel per passenger than the A340-300, the aircraft it will replace in the Virgin Atlantic fleet.

In June 2009, Virgin Atlantic celebrated it's 25th anniversary with a series of special fares, campaigns and events in the run-up to its birthday, as well as promoting red hot fares to red hot destinations.

A330 Exterior
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