History of Airline
Virgin Atlantic airline was founded in
the year 1984. It later commenced to offer its services on 22nd June
1984. It is a British airline. It started its operations as British Atlantic
Airways by its founders Alan Hellary and Randolph Fields to fly between London
and the Falkland islands. Fields had disagreements with Sir Richard Branson
over management issues and sold his shares. The airline changed its name from
British Atlantic Airways to Virgin Atlantic Airways
The airline uses a mixed fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircrafts. These are wide wide-bodied aircrafts which carry a lot of people and cargo, making the airline a favourite for many. It started using Boeing aircrafts in 2014 and has been purchasing more of them ever since. Its fleet is operated by Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited and Virgin Atlantic International Limited. It has 38 aircrafts in its fleet.
It has a main base in London Heathrow. It also has a secondary base in London Gatwick. From these bases it operates to and from Asia, Africa, North America and other countries in Europe such as Germany, France and Italy.
In 2008, Virgin Group sold 49% stake of
the airline to Singapore Airlines. Later in the year, Singapore confirmed that
the airline was underperforming. This continued up to the year 2010 when it
went back to its feet. In the year 2015 the airline made a profit of 80.1
million euros which was 3% higher than the year 2014. In 2016 they made a
profit of 187.3 million euros which was a 62% increase in profit from the
previous year. In 2016 they had carried 5.4 million passengers
In 2014 though, the airline was considering temporarily terminating domestic flights. This is because they were causing them heavy losses as there was low seat occupancy yet the cost of fueling the planes was very high.
Virgin Atlantic Airways has several licenses. It has Civil Aviation Authority Type A operating licenses. These are licenses AOC 534 and AOC 2435. These licenses enable and allow the airline to transport or ferry people, cargo and mails. They also allow the airline to operate planes with more than 20 seats.
The airline operates with planes
divided into three class cabins. There is the economy, premium economy and
upper class cabin. Economy class does not have many special features. It is
operated by average travelling passengers. The premium economy is lavish in
style. It has wide seats and enough legroom
The airline uses light weight aircrafts which reduce fuel consumption. This reduces greenhouse gas emission. Smaller aircrafts in the airline also use biofuels to reduce the greenhouse effect. This is very safe as passengers are safer as biofuels are less flammable.
With over 9000 employees, the airline requires
a good management that handles the company well and still continues making
tremendous profits. Virgin Atlantic Airways has a functional structure to
There is Craig Krieger, chief
executive. Shai Weiss, vice president and chief commercial officer. Philip
Maher, executive vice president of operations. Mark Anderson, executive vice
president in charge of travellers and customers. Dan Langford, senior vice
president in charge of technology
By the year 2016 December it had over 9580 employees. These employees consist of managers, flight attendants, captains, pilots, nurses, engineers, directors and technicians. They operate from different parts. Some are in the main and secondary base while others are in their designated work posts in different locations such as London, Lagos and Johannesburg.
FUTURE OF THE AIRLINE
The airline has quit a bright future
ahead of it. It is planning to expand
its operations to the Asian market
Their flights from United States to the
United Kingdom are likely to increase. This is because business between the two
countries is growing day by day, most people preferring to travel using Virgin
Atlantic Airlines as they offer professional services, providing amicable
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