Virgin Atlantic is a British airline whose hub airport is located at London Gatwick Airport. The airline was established in 1984 as British Atlantic Airways by its co-founders Randolph Fields and Hellary. Shortly after the airline was renamed to 'Virgin Atlantic' and Richard Branson took over the company. Virgin Atlantic as well as Virgin Holidays is controlled by a holding company, Virgin Atlantic Limited, which is 51% owned by the Virgin Group and 49% by Delta Air Lines.
Virgin Atlantic flies to many destinations including Cancun, Detroit, Dubai, Barbados, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Delhi, New York, Havana, Boston, London, Manchester, Miami, Lagos, Newark, Chicago, Johannesburg, Orlando, San Francisco, Montego Bay, Shanghai, Antigua and Washington.
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Virgin Atlantic has a different baggage policy for carry-on and checked baggage policy. Please bear in mind that passengers travelling in Premium and Upper Class with Virgin Atlantic are entitled to more baggage.
On all its Economy and Premium Economy fares, Virgin Atlantic allows one piece of carry-on luggage, measuring 23x36x56cm and 10kg or under. Additionally, passengers are allowed a small handbag or rucksack.
The Virgin Atlantic baggage allowance for ‘Upper Class’ passengers is two items of hand luggage with a combined weight of 16 kg/ 35 lbs, with no one item exceeding 12 kg/ 26 lbs. Each item must also not exceed the standard dimensions of 23 x 36 x 56 cm.
Babies aged 0-23 months flying with Virgin Atlantic are allowed to bring one carry-on bag weighing no more than 6kg / 13lbs. Children over the age of 2 are allowed to bring the same amount of carry-on baggage as an adult.
Virgin Atlantic allows one 23kg bag on most of its economy fares, free of charge. If you are going on a long trip, Atlantic offers a Ship Your Luggage service, where you can send your luggage pre-flight, and have to lug around your bags on the day of travel.
If you wish to bring your sports equipment with you (e.g. skis, snowboard, canoe) you can take it in place as one of your included bags. Please note that it mustn't weight more than 23kg (50lb).
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All Economy seats come with onboard Wi-Fi, TV and films, complimentary drinks and snacks, in-seat power for your devices, and a choice of a 3-course meal. There are three levels of Economy: Economy Light, Classic, and Delight.
Economy Light means you still get everything you’d expect on a great flight - but at a price, you wouldn’t.
Economy Classic comes with advanced seat assignment included, so there are no worries about paying extra to get the seats you want, next to the people you want.
Economy Delight means you can speed through the airport by using Premium check-in desks, enjoy priority boarding, and get first dibs on overhead storage before settling into your extra legroom seat with 34" seat pitch.
Virgin's Business class, which it calls Premium, comes will numerous extra benefits to make your entire journey as comfortable and seamless as possible. Those extra few inches of space, a glass of bubbly as you board, and a tasty meal served on china crockery with proper cutlery.
Comfortable leather seats let you fly in luxury. A complimentary drink and newspaper will greet you, and, on night flights, you'll be given a Premium amenity kit.
As an Upper-Class passenger, you’ll never have to worry about missing a meeting. After landing, you’ll be one of the first to disembark and one of the first to pick up your luggage.
Upper-Class passengers can take advantage of Virgin's complimentary chauffeur service, and have access to the Virgin Atlantic Upper Class wing at London Heathrow, complete with private access and Clubhouse. Onboard, seats recline fully and convert into beds. Virgin has also worked with innovative chefs to develop an incredible dining experience.
Virgin Atlantic offers its passengers a number of in-flight entertainment on board. Ranging from a variety of movies, music and TV shows - Vera offers handpicked special entertainment each month so you don't miss out on the latest. Recent movies added to Virgin's in-flight entertainment includes 'Don't Worry Darling', 'Easter Sunday', 'Catch the fair one' and 'Tad the Lost Explorer and the Curse of the Mummy'.
Travelling with kids? No worries, with the help of Virgin Atlantic your little one can keep entertained with movies, TV, audio and games suitable for their age. We've also added parental control as part of our in-flight entertainment system, so you can sit back and enjoy your flight.
WIFI is available on Virgin Atlantic flights so you can stay connected and send emails, catch up on the latest social updates or browse through the news. In order to connect to Virgin Atlantic's WiFi you must turn aeroplane mode on and turn off your mobile data.
The food available on Virgin Atlantic flights will depend on the time of your journey, where you're flying to and the cabin class you're flying in. If you have any special dietary requirements, pleas contact Virgin Atlantic at least 24 hours before your flight departure.
When flying Economy class, Virgin Atlantic offers a variety of drinks including soft drinks, wines, beers and spirits. You'll also have a choice of hot main dishes, dessert, bread, butter, cheese and biscuits. A second serve will also be offered, which includes Mile High Tea or breakfast served later during your flight.
When flying in premium, you'll be welcomed onboard with a glass of bubbly. For your main meal, you'll be able to choose from a selection of delicious meals, vegetarian options are available. If you're feeling pecking, then pop over to the onboard Wander Wall - there will be a number of sweet and savoury treats that you can munch on. Depending on the flight journey you'll also be served a second serve - this includes Mile High Tea, a light meal or breakfast before your arrival.
First of all, you'll be welcomed onboard the Virgin Atlantic flight with a chilled glass of Champagne or Sparkling Wine. In Upper class, you'll be able to enjoy fine dining, a deli bar, breakfast options and a selection of high-quality beverages. Virgin Atlantic's four-course menu includes a selection of starters, mains, desserts and finally, a divine cheese course served with port. Feeling peckish? No worries, head over to the bar and select from a range of sweet and savoury snacks or order some picky bits from our Extra Bites Menu.
Virgin Atlantic allows you to check in online and at the airport. Opening and closing times for check-in will vary depending on the method of check-in you choose.
Online Check-in is the fastest, simplest way to check in for your Virgin Atlantic flight. Virgin Atlantic's online check in opens 24 hours before your flight until 70 minutes before departure.
Why not check in online via the Virgin Atlantic mobile app?
Airport check-in desks generally close 60 minutes before departure. This time can vary so we recommend you check the airport guide for your departure airport.
Alternative Airlines advises that you arrive at least 3 hours before your scheduled Virgin Atlantic flight departure time in order to ensure that you have enough time to check in and get around the airport.
Virgin Atlantic's Flying Club lets passengers earn miles on every Virgin Atlantic flight, and spend them on fabulous rewards like upgrades and flights. The programme lets passengers earn Tier Points on flights and move up the tiers, unlocking more benefits as you go.
Find out about the different special services that Virgin Atlantic offers for its passengers. If you require any special assistance, Virgin Atlantic is happy to assist you.
Virgin Atlantic allows children 14 years or older to travel alone. All young adults under the age of 16 travelling alone must present parent or guardian travel consent. If you wish to make a booking for a person under the age of 16, please contact Virgin Atlantic as they guide you with the correct help.
If you or a member of your booking require wheelchair assistance for the airport journey, then please Contact Us as soon as possible. We'll inform the airline that you'll need wheelchair assistance getting to/from your aircraft. Virgin Atlantic's cabin crew is also willing to help you get to and from the toilet door, using the onboard wheelchair.
Virgin Atlantic allows pregnant women up until the 28th week of pregnancy to travel without the need of travelling. If you're expecting a baby and need to travel your 28th and 36th weeks, you'll need to provide a certificate from your doctor stating that you're fit to fly and the date of expectancy. If you're expecting more than one baby you can travel between your 28th and 32nd weeks. as long as you're able to provide a doctor's certificate that you're able to fly without any complications. From your 32nd week of pregnancy, Virgin Atlantic doesn't allow women expecting more than one baby to travel.
Virgin Atlantic flies to many destinations including Cancun, Detroit, Dubai and more. Click on the button below to find out all the destinations it files too.
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The Hub Airport for Virgin Atlantic is Heathrow Airport. Heathrow is a major international airport in west London, England. Heathrow is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom, the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic, and the fifth busiest airport in the world by total passenger traffic. In 2014, it handled a record 73.4 million passengers, a 1.4 per cent increase from 2013.
Heathrow Airport (LHR) operates over 80 airlines which fly to over 185 destinations across 80+ countries. This airport has 4 passenger terminals and a cargo terminal.
Virgin Atlantic operates a fleet consisting entirely of both Airbus and Boeing widebody aircraft. This includes:
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Virgin Atlantic flies to over 30 destinations across the world including Barbados, New York, Delhi, Johannesburg and more. Popular Virgin Atlantic flights usually depart from its hubs at London Gatwick and London Heathrow to destinations across the Americas.
London ✈ Johannesburg
Hong Kong ✈ London.
London ✈ Tokyo
London ✈ Shanghai
London ✈ Montego Bay
Washington ✈ London