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Virgin Atlantic Flights

Virgin Atlantic – Flying in the Face of Ordinary

A British Airline, Virgin Atlantic is a trading name of Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited and has its headquarter in Crawley, West Sussex, England. The airline operates to United Kingdom, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia from its main bases at London Heathrow and Gatwick. Manchester Airport and Glasgow Airport are the secondary bases of the airline. As per the data collected in 2012, Virgin Atlantic carried over 5.4 million passengers making it the 7th largest UK airline in terms of passenger traffic. Virgin Atlantic holds a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Type A Operating License, which permits it to carry passengers, cargo, and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.

History

The Virgin Atlantic Airways was established as British Atlantic Airways in the year 1984 by Randolph Fields, an American-born lawyer, and Alan Hellary, a former chief pilot for Laker Airways. The first flight took off from Gatwick for Newark on 22nd June 1984. The journey of Virgin Atlantis since its inception has been nothing less than a roller coaster where the airline has witnessed many lows and highs and emerged as a success story.

Fleet

As of November, Virgin Atlantic uses a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with an average age of 9.8 years. The airline became the first European airline to fly the variant Boeing 787-9 in October 2014.The ageing Airbus A340-300 aircraft is due to be phased out of commercial service. Currently the fleet of Virgin Atlantic comprises 23 Airbus and 14 Boeing and order for 6 Airbus and 15 Boeing has been placed, delivery of which started from October 2014. 

Awards

The company has received many awards since 1986 and a few of them are mentioned below.

·         Winner of the coveted ORA Prix d'OR (top accolade) in 2013

·         Travel Brand of the Year by Chartered Institute of Marketing's Travel Industry Group Awards in 2012

·         Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Passenger Choice Awards for best in Europe Region in 2011

·         Best Scheduled Airline – Transatlantic and Best Scheduled Airline – Carribean by Travel Agent Choice Awards 2010

·         Best Business/First Class and  Best scheduled Airline - Long haul in 2009 British Travel Awards

·         Leading Transatlantic Airline and Leading Travel Commercial in 2009 World Travel Awards

Routes and Destinations

Presently Virgin Atlantis connects 32 destinations across United Kingdom, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Virgin Atlantic has a codeshare agreement with 16 airports around the world.

Why Fly with Virgin Atlantic?

How to Check-in

Virgin Atlantic offers multiple check-in options to the passengers. Mobile check-in is available between 24 hours and 2 hours before departure and includes options of seat map and seat selection. Online check in can be done on the airline website 2 hours prior to departure and download the boarding pass via e-mail. Option of self check-in at Kiosks is available at UK airport locations and selected airport locations in the US. Passengers need to arrive 2.5 hours before the departure and can check-in up to 9 people in one go. The airline provides a twilight check-in option for those travelling from Gatwick airport and is best for those taking an early flight. For twilight check-in option, passengers need to turn up 50 minutes before boarding the next day with the boarding pass.

Baggage and Allowance

For those travelling within the domestic sector, free baggage allowance is limited to 2 bags of 23 kg each. For international flights, the free baggage 1 bag of 23 kg for economy class, 2 bags of 23 kg for premium economy class and 3 bags of 32 kg for upper class. The baggage allowance of infant is One (not more than 23 kg), plus pushchair and car seat. As hand baggage, guests are allowed to carry one luggage the dimension of which should not increase 23 x 36 x 56 cm (that’s approx. 9 x 14 x 22 inches) and weight limit is 10 kg. Oversized baggage fees are currently GBP 40 for UK departures or USD 60 in US Dollars. For departures outside of the UK and US, the USD 60 fee will be converted to the local currency. Extra baggage, when travelling international, cost USD 85 per extra bag when booking online and $100 when booking at the airport. Charges for extra baggage in domestic sector are $52 per bag when booked online and $60 when booking at the airport.

Seating

At present 3 class configurations are available at Virgin Atlantic Airway – economy, premium economy and upper class. The upper class features a seat that can be fully converted to a bed and has access of chauffer drive. The premium economy class has a separate check-in area and feature wider seats with good legroom. All the class of travel at the Virgin Atlantic Airline offer personal entertainment for all passengers. Once check in opens, 24 hours before the flight departure, guests can choose their preferred seat online for free. However, booking specific seats 336 days before your flight will attract a fee of £25 onwards. Up gradation from a lower class of travel is possible at an additional fee.

Booking Fee

At Virgin Atlantic Airline, passengers have the option of cancelling the booking without penalty within 24 hours of making the reservation. For flights departing from the UK, Virgin Atlantic applies a 1.5% fee to account for the cost charged to the airline when paid by credit card. The fee is refundable on tickets that permit a refund of the fare. In case of date change or cancellation of tickets 24 hours after making the reservation, additional fee will be incurred. A cancellation fee of £30 for changes to flights originating in the UK, US$50 for changes to flights originating in the US or local currency equivalent of US$50 for changes to flights originating in any other region will apply.

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