Cheap Virgin Atlantic Flights

Virgin Atlantic Airways, which is part of the Virgin empire of quirky British billionaire Richard Branson, is known for its long-haul routes from the United Kingdom (where it’s based) to North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Virgin is headquartered in Crawley, England, and its main hubs are London’s two main international airports – Heathrow and Gatwick. It has a smaller hub at Manchester Airport. The ownership of Virgin Atlantic is split between Branson’s Virgin Group, which holds 51%, and Singapore Airlines, which holds 49%.

Virgin Atlantic, the ninth largest airline in the United Kingdom in terms of passenger traffic, flies to more than 30 destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia and the Caribbean. Approximately half of Virgin’s flights leave from London Heathrow Airport, the rest leaving from London Gatwick Airport (with the exception of the daily service from Manchester to Orlando and weekly service from Manchester to Barbados and St. Lucia). Virgin is also set to begin seasonal service from Glasgow to Orlando in 2007.

The Virgin Group also has several other airline companies under its umbrella, including Virgin America (set to begin flying in 2007), Virgin Nigeria Airways (based in Lagos) and Virgin Galactic (for when the public can pay for flights into space).

Largely due to Branson’s colorful personality, Virgin’s airplanes have had humorous names and paint jobs over the years, including the slogan, “Mine’s Bigger Than Yours” painted on the back of the world’s longest passenger plane.

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