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The success of our business strategy requires us to build on our foundations by focusing on the business and leisure markets, and driving efficiency and effectiveness.

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Our mission statement

Our mission statement is simple, yet the foundation of everything we do here at Virgin Atlantic Airways...to embrace the human spirit and let it fly,


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Our story

Virgin Atlantic is a major British success story. From our first leased jumbo to the UK's second largest long haul airline, we've come a long way, and there's still much more to do! Take a look at our story by clicking on the links below...


The eighties...

Back in the early 80s Richard Branson was probably best known for Virgin Records - the legendary record label that signed major names like the Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson and The Human League. In 1984, much to the horror of his directors, Richard announced to the world that a high quality, value for money airline would begin operating within three months. Three months, some licences, staff and an aircraft packed with celebrities later, Virgin Atlantic Airways was born. By the end of the decade we had flown over 1 million passengers and started shaking up services onboard by being the first airline to offer individual TVs to their business class passengers...


Founder of Virgin Atlantic, Richard Branson.


The nineties...

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The noughties...

The Virgin Atantic Clubhouse at Heathrow

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Our awards

We've been winning awards since 1986 and we're honoured to receive them! Take a look at a selection of our awards below...


Awards 2015

Data Storytelling awards
Winner of the Real-time data and automation award

World Travel Awards

Europe’s leading airline to North America

M&IT Awards

Silver – Best airline for groups

Awards 2014

Wearable Technology Show

Smart Technology Award

Future Travel Experience Awards

Best Passenger Assistance Initiative

Travolution Awards

Best Airline Website as voted for by consumers

Awards 2013

Online Retail Awards

Winner of the coveted ORA Prix d'OR (top accolade)
Best Leisure & Travel Website

World Travel Awards 2013

Our London Heathrow clubhouse lounge, crowned winner of Europe's leading airline lounge 2013

BIMA Awards 2013

Commended - Website User Experience

Digital Impact Awards
Bronze - Best use of digital in the travel and leisure sector

Awards 2012

Chartered Institute of Marketing's Travel Industry Group Awards

Travel Brand of the Year

Campaign of Year

Best TV Commercial

Best Press Campaign (Upper Class)

Best Website (VSFlyinghub – our global trade website not VAA.com)

Best Brochure - Little Red Book – our interactive online Flying Club brochure

Travolution Awards

Best Airline Website


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