Trading under the name of Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited, Virgin Atlantic is a British airline majority-owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. The airline shares are split between the Virgin Group that owns 51% of the airline and Delta Air Lines who own 49%.
Operations take place using a mixed fleet of Airbuses and Boeing wide-body jets between the United Kingdom, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia; all from the airline’s main base at London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. There is also a secondary base located at Manchester, and then a seasonal base at Glasgow. Since 2013, Virgin Atlantic has operated domestic flights also known as ‘Little Red’ within the united Kingdom; this service has been managed separately from other Virgin-branded airlines.
The airline holds a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Type A Operating Licence which permits it to carry passengers, cargo and mail on an aircraft with 20 or more seats.
Expanding its alliances, Virgin Atlantic has partnered with Air China, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Cyprus Airways, Delta Air Lines, Gulf Air, Hawaiian Airlines, Jet Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Transaero Airlines, Virgin America and Virgin Australia for their operations.
Offering a mix of different aircraft from the ‘jumbo’ Boeing 747 to the little red Airbus A320, Virgin Atlantic also has plans to add the innovative new Boeing 787 to their fleet from late in 2014. The lush interior and on-board hospitality is the source of this airline’s popularity over the years.
With its main flights to South Africa landing only in Cape Town and Johannesburg, passengers can book their selection of Economy Class Premium Economy Class, and Upper Class tickets. If you’re flying a night-flight, you can expect one of Virgin Atlantic’s amenity kits to make your travels a little more comfortable. Economy Class travels include meals, drinks, in-flight entertainment and headsets. Premium Economy offers priority boarding with a separate check-in area, and passengers can look forward to a wider seat with more legroom that supplies laptop power, as well as additional services such as pre-flight drinks and newspapers. Upper Class does not operate a traditional business class or first class but rather a combination that includes a 6-inch fully flat bed, in-seat laptop power, power leads and an in-flight bar.
Little Red (UK domestic): 1 piece of luggage up to 23kg each
Economy Class: 1 piece of luggage up to 23kg each (Expect on flights between the UK and India, the US and Canada and India, the US and South Africa and the UK/US and Lagos the allowance is 2 bags).
Premium Economy Class: 2 pieces of luggage up to 23kg each (Except on flights between the UK/US and India, and between the US and Canada and India the allowance is three bags).
Upper Class: 3 pieces of luggage up to 23kg each.