Virgin Atlantic, a trading name of Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited and Virgin Atlantic International Limited, is a British airline with its head office in Crawley, United Kingdom. Their network expands to more than 360 destinations worldwide, through our global interline and trucking partners. The airline along with 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. It is administratively separate from other Virgin-branded airlines.
Virgin Atlantic took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 in October 2014, becoming the first European airline to fly the variant. Virgin's order was first announced on 24 April 2007, and is for a total of 17 aircraft, with options on five more. Virgin Atlantic also has an order for the Airbus A380-800, with delivery due in 2018. The final Virgin Atlantic A340-300 flight was made on 9 April, landing at Heathrow early on 10 April; 7 A340-600s remain in service. Virgin Atlantic uses a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft and operates to destinations in North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia from its main bases at London Heathrow and London Gatwick, and its secondary base at Manchester. The airline also operates flights from Glasgow, and seasonal flights from Belfast. The airline's A330s, in three-class layout, have been stationed at Heathrow Airport since April 2012.Virgin Atlantic uses a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. All the Boeing 747-400s are based at Gatwick and Manchester and operate routes to Orlando, Las Vegas and the Caribbean (Gatwick only); Airbus A330-300s are also used on selected routes from Gatwick to the Caribbean. The Airbus A330-300s also operate from Manchester to New York-JFK, Boston, Atlanta and San Francisco, Glasgow and Belfast International Airport offer a seasonal route to Orlando using Boeing 747s.
Virgin Atlantic aircraft operate with a three-class cabin configuration: Economy, Premium Economy, and Upper Class - the business class product. Premium Economy has a separate check-in area, priority boarding and a wider seat with more legroom. Upper Class features a seat that converts into a fully flat bed and access to chauffeur drive. Virgin Atlantic was the first airline to offer personal entertainment for all passengers in all classes. Virgin Atlantic operates ten lounges worldwide. It has nine 'Clubhouse' locations - London (Heathrow and Gatwick), New York-JFK, Newark, Boston, Washington D. C., San Francisco, Los Angeles and Johannesburg. It also maintains a 'Revivals' arrival lounge in London Heathrow. They are accessible for passengers travelling in Upper Class and Flying Club Gold tier members.