Virgin Atlantic Airlines (VS) is a British Airline operated by Richard Branson's Virgin Group (51 percent) and Singapore Airlines (49 percent). Headquartered in Crawley, West Sussex, England, Virgin Atlantic Airlines (VS) operates from its main hubs: the London Gatwick Airport and the London Heathrow Airport. The airline has a secondary hub at Manchester Airport. Virgin Atlantic flights operate between United Kingdom, the Caribbean, North America, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Australia.
Destination & Services
Virgin Atlantic Airlines operates scheduled flight services to a number of destinations in America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The airline is covering 35 destinations across the world. Some of the important destinations served by Virgin Atlantic are Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa in Africa China, India, Japan and United Arab Emirates in Asia, United Kingdom in Europe, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cuba, Grenada, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, United States in North America, and Australia in Oceania. Most of the Virgin Atlantic aircraft's have 3 class configurations: Upper Class, Premium Economy and Upper Class cabins.
As of March, 2011, the fleet of Virgin Atlantic Airlines consisted of 39 aircrafts. Specifically, there are 2 Airbus A330-300, 6 Airbus A340-300, 19 Airbus A340-600, and 12 Boeing 747-400.
The Baggage Allowance policy of Virgin Atlantic Airlines for checked-in baggage varies for different Class of travel, for example, for Upper Class the airline it gives permission to carry 3 bags, for Premium Economy Class it is 2 bags, and for Economy Class it is 1 bag per passenger. The dimensions of the bag and weight must not exceed 35.5 x 29.5 x 16ins (90 x 75 x 43cm) and 23 kilograms, respectively. Infants are allowed one bag with a maximum weight limit of 23 kilograms, and one fully collapsible pushchair, as part of the free checked in baggage allowance. Similarly, Virgin Atlantic Airlines allows 2 pieces of hand baggage onboard to Upper Class, and 1 piece onboard to both, Economy and Premium Economy Class travelers.
Virgin Atlantic Airlines History
Originally known as British Atlantic Airways, the airline got its new name in the year 1984. The airline began operations on June 22nd, 1984 with the first flight between Gatwick and Newark with a leased Boeing 747-200 aircraft. In March, 2000, the company sold 49 percent stakes to Singapore Airlines. Since then the airline has grown to be one of the best airlines in the world. Virgin Atlantic Airlines used Airbus A340-600 in June 2002 and became the first airline to do so. The airline celebrated its 25th anniversary in June, 2009 with a series of exclusive offers, events and offered special red hot fares to popular destinations of the world.
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