Virgin Atlantic Airways

Virgin Atlantic Airways
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Virgin Atlantic Airlines Information

IATA
VS
ICAO
VIR
Callsign
VIRGIN
Founded 1984
Commenced operations 22 June 1984
Hubs
  • London-Gatwick
  • London-Heathrow
Frequent flyer program Flying Club
Member lounge Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse
Fleet size 37 (+31 orders)
Destinations 35
Parent company Virgin Group
Headquarters Crawley, England
Key people Sir Richard Branson (President)
Stephen Murphy (Chairman)
Steve Ridgway (CEO)
Website www.virgin-atlantic.com

Virgin Atlantic Airlines History

Virgin Atlantic Airways is a British airline. It is owned through Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group (51%) and Singapore Airlines (49%). And it has its head office in Crawley, West Sussex, England, near London Gatwick Airport.

It works between North America and United Kingdom, the Middle East, Australia, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean from chief bases at London Heathrow Airport and Gatwick. The corporation holds CAA type operating License to transmit passengers, mail, and cargo on aircraft with 20 or additional seats. In February 2009, the airline carried 5.77 million travelers and formed a yearly profit of £68.4 million on revenue of £2,580 million.

Virgin Atlantic Airways History

In the year of 1986, Virgin Atlantic Airways added a new Boeing 747 and began a planned course from the Gatwick to Miami.  Other airlines were obtained and ways launched from Gatwick to New York-JFK (1988), Tokyo (1989), Los Angeles (1990), Boston (1991), and Orlando (1992). And in the year of 1987 service was begun between Dublin and Luton using Viscount turbo-prop airline, but this was reserved around 1990. And In the year of 1988, Club Air worked two Boeing 727 aircraft for Virgin. And they were chartered from the Eastern Airlines to provide the Luton to Dublin way. These were reserved about 199/

In March 2000 Virgin group vended 49% of airline holding’s corporation to Singapore Airlines for £600.25 million. The Virgin Group owns the remaining 51%.
After two years it became the primary airline to employ Airbus A340-600.

On 31st October, 2005 it operated civilized aid lease flight to resources of Pakistan, Islamabad with 55 tones of assist for affected through earthquake in Pakistan.

Virgin Atlantic Airways volunteered Boeing 747 for a trial of biofuels. In February 2008, it flew from Heathrow to Amsterdam, with no passengers, and 20% of power for one engine offered during plant-based biofuels. And the airline stated it expected to use biofuels derived from algae.

Virgin Atlantic Airways Destinations

Virgin Atlantic Airways operates the long-haul voyages with 75% from London Heathrow, with several remnants from Manchester Airport and London Gatwick with one cyclic flight from Glasgow International Airport.

Virgin Atlantic Airways Code share Agreements

Virgin Atlantic has code share agreements with the following airlines:

  • Air China
  • Air Jamaica
  • All Nippon Airways
  • BMI
  • V Australia
  • Continental Airlines
  • Jet Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • Virgin Blue
  • Bulgaria Air

Virgin Atlantic Airways Partners

Besides to above airlines, Virgin Atlantic has joint venture association with:

  • Air New Zealand
  • All Nippon Airways
  • Gulf Air
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • LIAT
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • US Airways

Virgin Atlantic Airways Head Office

Virgin Atlantic Airways has its head office “The Office”, which is situated in Business Quarter of Crawley, West Sussex, England, close to London Gatwick Airport. Before founding of its existing headquarters, it had its headquarters in Ashdown House on High Street in Crawley.

Virgin Atlantic Airlines Fleet

Virgin Atlantic Current Fleet

Aircraft Total Orders Options Passengers
(Upper/Premium Economy/Economy)
Engines Entry Into Service Exit From Service
Airbus A340-300 6 0 0 240 (34/35/171) CFM CFM56 1993-1998 2013
Airbus A340-600 19 0 0 308 (45/38/225) RR Trent 500 2002-2006 N/A
Airbus A380-800 0 6 6 TBA RR Trent 900 2013- N/A
Boeing 747-400 13 0 0 452 (14/58/380)
451 (14/58/379)
344 (54/62/228)
GE CF6 1994-2003 N/A
Boeing 787-9 0 15 8 TBA RR Trent 1000 2013- N/A

Virgin Atlantic Retired Fleet

Transatlantic Fleet

Aircraft Total Notes
Airbus A320 4 Operated by Virgin Sun.
Airbus A321 2 Operated by Virgin Sun.
Boeing 747-100 1 G-VMIA named 'Spirit of Sir Freddie' after airline legend Sir Freddie Laker.
Boeing 747-200 11 G-VIRG was Virgin's first aircraft.
Vickers Viscount 4 Operated for Virgin by British United Air Ferries.

Virgin Atlantic Airlines Destinations

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to Australia ( Adelaide),

from London Heathrow or Manchester.

Singapore Airlines (Economy or Business Class via Singapore).

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to USA (Albany)

From London Heathrow via Newark on flight VS001/2.

Continental Airlines (Economy or Business Class)

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to USA (Atlanta)

from London Heathrow via Newark on flight VS001/2.

Continental Airlines (Economy or Business Class).

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to Australia (Brisbane)

From London Heathrow or Manchester.

Singapore Airlines (Economy or Business Class).

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to South Africa (Cape Town)

From London Heathrow via Johannesburg on flight VS601/2.

South African Airways.

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to USA (Cleveland)

From London Heathrow via Newark on flight VS001/2.

Continental Airlines ( Economy or Business Class).

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to USA (Detroit)

From London Heathrow via Newark on flight VS001/2.

Continental Airlines ( Economy or Business Class).

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to South Africa (Durban)

From London Heathrow via Johannesburg on flight VS601/2.

South African Airways.

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to South Africa (East London)

From London Heathrow via Johannesburg on flight VS601/2.

South African Airways.

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to Australia (Melbourne)

from London Heathrow or Manchester

Singapore Airlines (Economy or Business Class).

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to Newark (New York)

From London Gatwick and London Heathrow.

Continental Airlines ( Economy or Business Class).

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to USA (Norfolk)

From London Heathrow via Newark on flight VS001/2.

Continental Airlines ( Economy or Business Class).

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to Australia (Perth)

From London Heathrow or Manchester.

Singapore Airlines (Economy or Business Class via Singapore.)

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to USA (Phoenix)

From Virgin Atlantic services to Las Vegas, Los Angeles or San Francisco.

US Airways.

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to South Africa (Port Elizabeth)

From London Heathrow via Johannesburg on flight VS601/2.

South African Airways.

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to USA (Providence)

From London Heathrow via Newark on flight VS001/2.

Continental Airlines ( Economy or Business Class).

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to USA (Raleigh Durham)

From London Heathrow via Newark on flight VS001/2.

Continental Airlines ( Economy or Business Class).

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to USA (Richmond)

From London Heathrow via Newark on flight VS001/2.

Continental Airlines ( Economy or Business Class).

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to USA (Rochester)

From London Heathrow via Newark on flight VS001/2.

Continental Airlines ( Economy or Business Class).

Virgin Atlantic Destinations - Flights to Singapore

Fom London Heathrow or Manchester.

Singapore Airlines (Economy or Business Class).

Virgin Atlantic Airlines Destinations in Africa

  • Kenya
    • Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport)
  • Mauritius
    • Mauritius (Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport) [seasonal]
  • Nigeria
    • Lagos (Murtala Mohammed International Airport)
  • South Africa
    • Cape Town (Cape Town International Airport) [seasonal]
    • Johannesburg (OR Tambo International Airport)
Virgin Atlantic Destinations in Asia

East Asia

  • China
    • Hong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport)
    • Shanghai (Shanghai Pudong International Airport)
  • Japan
    • Tokyo (Narita International Airport)
Virgin Atlantic Destinations in South Asia
  •  
    • Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport)
    • Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport) [ends 2 May]
  • India
Virgin Atlantic Destinations in Southwest Asia
  • United Arab Emirates
    • Dubai (Dubai International Airport)
Virgin Atlantic Destinations in Europe
  • United Kingdom
    • Glasgow (Glasgow International Airport) [seasonal]
    • London
      • (London Gatwick Airport) Hub
      • (London Heathrow Airport) Hub
    • Manchester (Manchester Airport) Focus City
Virgin Atlantic Destinations in North America

United States

  • California
    • Los Angeles (Los Angeles International Airport)
    • San Francisco (San Francisco International Airport)
  • Florida
    • Miami (Miami International Airport)
    • Orlando (Orlando International Airport)
  • Illinois
    • Chicago (O'Hare International Airport)
  • Massachusetts
    • Boston (Logan International Airport)
  • Nevada
    • Las Vegas (McCarran International Airport)
  • New Jersey
    • Newark (Newark Liberty International Airport)
  • New York
    • New York City (John F. Kennedy International Airport)
  • Washington, D.C. (Dulles International Airport)
Virgin Atlantic Destinations in Caribbean
  • Antigua and Barbuda
      Antigua (VC Bird International Airport)
  • Barbados
    • Bridgetown (Grantley Adams International Airport)
  • Cuba
    • Havana (José Martí International Airport)
  • Grenada
    • Grenada (Point Salines International Airport)
  • Jamaica
  • Kingston (Norman Manley International Airport)
  • Montego Bay (Sangster International Airport)
  • St Lucia
  • Vieux-Fort (Hewanorra International Airport)
  • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Tobago (Crown Point Airport)
Virgin Atlantic Destinations in Oceania
  • Australia
    • Sydney (Kingsford Smith International Airport)

Virgin Atlantic Airlines Accidents and Incidents

  • Due to jam in main landing gear of an Airbus A340-300 G-VSKY an emergency landing took place (on 5 November 1997) at London Heathrow Airport and the air-craft was safely evacuvated. Five passengers and two crew members escaped with minor injuries

  • Due to the problem in the fuel control computer system of Airbus A340-600 aircraft (G-VATL), while travelling from Hong Kong to London, caused a loss in fuel supply between tanks and lost the power supply to the left-outboard engine as well it effected the right-outboard engine and the air craft crew diverted the flight to Amsterdam for safe landing.

 

Virgin Atlantic Airlines Phone Numbers

Department Contact Details Opening Hours
Reservations (from U.S.) 1 800 821 5438 24 Hours
Automated Flight Information (from U.S.): 1 800 821 5438 24 Hours
Flying Club (from U.S.): 1 800 821 5438 24 Hours
Reservations (from U.K.). 08705 747 747 24 Hours
Flying Club (from U.K.): 0870 161 6059 24 Hours

Virgin Atlantic Airlines Baggage

Country Phone No.s
London Heathrow 0870 190 4470
London Gatwick 0870 190 4470
Manchester 0870 190 4470
USA 1 800 880 6253
HongKong 852 21802120
Shanghai 008621 68355680
Johannesburg 002711 929 6000
Cape Town 002721 9341775
Delhi (268) 462 0528
St Lucia (758) 454 8186
Barbados (246) 420 1956
Sydney (02) 9667 8926