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Virgin Atlantic Airways
Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. (running as Virgin Atlantic) is an airline that is based in the United Kingdom. Virgin Atlantic is owned by 2 companies, Virgin Group and Singapore Airlines. Virgin Atalntic flies aeroplanes from its main base or hub at London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport to many places like the USA, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Virgin Atlantic flew 5.1 million people in 2007 and made a profit of £46.8 million in 2007.
Where Virgin Atlantic Flies
Virgin Atlantic has lots of partners. Here is a list of them:
Virgin Atlantic has been talking to Lufthansa about BMI. Lufthansa has said that it wants to sell BMI because it is not making enough money. BMI is part of the Star Alliance (a group of airlines that help each other), but Virgin Atlantic is not. If Virgin Atlantic buys bmi, they may join Star Alliance. This means that they can compete against British Airways on the London Heathrow Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport route. British Airways is part of oneworld (a rival airline group).
Virgin Atlantic owns 25 Airbus A340 aeroplanes and 13 Boeing 747 aeroplanes. It also has three orders: one order is for 6 Airbus A380 aeroplanes, another order is for 10 Airbus A330 aeroplanes and the last order is for 15 Boeing 787 aeroplanes. The 787 aircraft should be delivered first in the year 2011. The A380 aircraft should be delivered in the year 2013. The A330 aircraft should be delivered in 2011.
Virgin Atlantic used to have some other aircraft too. It used to own 5 Airbus A320s, 3 Airbus A321s, 1 Boeing 747-100, 22 Boeing 747-200s and 4 Vickers Viscounts. Virgin Atlantic's first plane was a Boeing 747-200.
Inside the Aeroplanes
Economy class is the standard class on Virgin Atlantic aircraft. It is the cheapest part of the aeroplane to travel in. Passengers usually get a free meal, some drinks and a bag with gifts in like a toothbrush. The seats in this class have a maximum pitch of 31 in, but this depends on what aeroplane you go in.
Passengers that use Premium Economy have their own check-in area, get to board before Economy passengers, a drink before the flight, get their own cabin crew and get a better seat. The seat it wider and has a larger pitch.
In November 2006, Virgin made a new seat. It is wider than the old one and has a plug for laptops. It is being put on all planes and now, all Airbus A340s and all Boeing 747s that fly from London Heathrow Airport have the new seats.
Upper Class is the name for Virgin Atlantic's . They do not have a first class service. Virgin says the seats are the biggest lie flat beds on any business class (it is 202 cm long and 84 cm wide), but Air Canada and Singapore Airlines have said this too. The seats have plugs for laptops and iPods.
Upper Class passengers can also have their own chauffeur, check-in, their own security points at some airports, access to the Virgin Clubhouse (a special area, with a bar and seats), a larger for in-flight meals and a bar that passengers can stand up or sit down at in flight.
All the seats on all the aircraft have screens in the back of the seats to provide entertainment for passengers. Most aeroplanes have a newer system where the passengers can choose what they want to watch called V:Port. Older systems called "Odyssey" and "Super Nova" just offer different channels for the passengers to pick from. The screens on the older systems are also smaller.
Other Virgin Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic - Our Destinations - Codeshare Destinations
- "Singapore Airlines New Business Class Seat". Singapore Airlines. http://www.singaporeair.com/saa/en_UK/content/exp/new/businessclass/seatfeatures.jsp?. Retrieved 2010-01-31.