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Virgin Atlantic Airways

Virgin Atlantic Airways
AirlineVirgin Atlantic Airways
Commenced operations22 June 1984
Frequent-flyer programFlying Club
Member loungeVirgin Atlantic Clubhouse
Fleet size39 (+28 orders)
Parent companyVirgin Group
HeadquartersCrawley, United Kingdom
Key people
* Sir Richard Branson (President) * Stephen Murphy (Chairman) * Steve Ridgway (CEO) * Julie Southern (CCO) * Steve Griffiths (COO) * Tim Livett (CFO)
Revenue(+) £2,700 million (12 months to 31 February 2011)
Operating income(+) £18.5 million (12 months to 31 February 2011)

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Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited (operating as Virgin Atlantic) is a British airline owned by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group (51%) and Singapore Airlines (49%). It is headquartered in Crawley, West Sussex, England, near Gatwick Airport.

It operates between the United Kingdom and North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia from its bases at London Gatwick Airport and London Heathrow Airport, using a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft. Almost uniquely among major airlines, it operates no short-haul services whatsoever, with its shortest route being from London to Accra. The company holds a CAA Type A Operating Licence to carry passengers, cargo, and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats. In 2010 Virgin Atlantic carried 5.3 million passengers, making it the eighth largest UK airline based on passenger numbers. In the year to February 2010 the airline made an annual operating loss of £132 million on turnover of £2,357 million.

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