Virgin Atlantic

Founded
1984
Type
Full Service Carrier
Fleet size
45
Destinations
30
Passengers per year
N/A

Virgin Atlantic is a British long-haul airline that mainly operates flights across the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. The airline wants to be the world’s most irresistible brand. 

Organization

Virgin Atlantic is for 49% owned by the airline Delta Air Lines, for 31% by Air France-KLM and for 20% by Virgin Group. The airline has over 8,500 employees. Virgin Atlantic is likely to join Skyteam alliance in the near future, since its two largest shareholders, Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM are both Skyteam members.

Parent company
Delta Air Lines, Air France-KLM, Virgin Group
Frequent Flyer Program
Flying Club

History

Virgin Atlantic was founded by Randolph Fields and Alan Hellary in 1984 as British Atlantic Airways. Soon after, the two got in touch with British entrepreneur Richard Branson, who bought 25% of the airlines’ shares with the condition that the airline needed to change its name to Virgin Atlantic Airways. In that same year, the airline operated its first flight from London Gatwick Airport to New York Newark Airport. In the years that followed, Virgin Group (owned by Richard Branson) acquired all remaining shares of the airline and the airline grew rapidly by opening many new routes. In 1999, 49& of the airlines’ shares were sold to Singapore Airlines, these shares were later taken over by Delta Air Lines in 2012. In 2019, Air France-KLM acquired 31% of Virgin Group’s shares, which caused that Virgin Group was no longer the largest shareholder.

Quick facts

  • The brand Virgin was founded by Richard Branson, who is also the founder of the famous record label Virgin Records.

Baggage

Economy and Premium Class passengers that fly with Virgin Atlantic are permitted to bring 1 piece of cabin luggage with a maximum weight of 10 kg. Upper-Class passengers can bring 2 pieces of hand luggage with a combined maximum weight of 16 kg. Please be aware that 1 piece can not weight more than 12 kg. In addition, every passenger can bring 1 personal item on board. The amount of allowed hold luggage depends on the travel class. Economy Light passengers need to pay an additional fee to bring checked luggage while Economy Classic travellers can bring 1 piece of 23 kg. Economy Premium passengers are allowed to bring 2 pieces of checked luggage with each a weight limited to 23 kg while Upper-Class passengers can bring 2 pieces limited to 32 kg each.

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In-flight Wi-Fi

Virgin Atlantic offers in-flight Wi-Fi on almost all aircraft at additional costs. Please consult website Virgin Atlantic for more information.

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