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Virgin Atlantic, a trading name of Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited and Virgin Atlantic International Limited, was a British airline with its head office in Crawley, England. The airline was established in 1984 as British Atlantic Airways, and was originally planned by its co-founders Randolph Fields and Alan Hellary to fly between London and the Falkland Islands. Soon after changing the name to Virgin Atlantic Airways, Fields sold his shares in the company after disagreements with Sir Richard Branson over the management of the company. The maiden flight from Gatwick Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport took place on 22 June 1984.
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Coronavirus: NHS Nightingale work for Virgin and EasyJet staffVirgin Atlantic and EasyJet appeal to staff to step in and help at the NHS Nightingale hospital.
Coronavirus: Virgin Atlantic to seek bailout in coming daysThe airline is to ask the government for cash to keep going after coronavirus leads to travel slump.
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Virgin Atlantic suspends Shanghai flights over coronavirusVirgin Atlantic has suspended its daily operations to Shanghai for two weeks from Feb. 2 due to the outbreak of coronavirus and a declining demand for flights, it said on Thursday.
Heathrow in talks with union to stop Tuesday’s strikeHeathrow and union officials are locked in talks to avert a strike by airport workers on Tuesday. Monday’s strike was called off on Sunday night, just hours before it was due to begin. Airlines..
Flybe future ‘secure’ after Europe approves rescue bidThe long-term future of Flybe, Britain’s biggest regional airline is “secure” after the European Commission approved a rescue bid involving Virgin Atlantic. The ailing carrier has been acquired..
Cabin fire forces Virgin Atlantic flight to make emergency landingA Virgin Atlantic plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Boston Thursday night after a fire broke out in the cabin. Flight 138 left New York’s JFK airport around eight o'clock headed for..
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Fire on Virgin Atlantic flight forces emergency landing on way to London after phone charger ignitesA phone charger is thought to have triggered a fire which forced a Virgin Atlantic flight headed to London to make an emergency landing. Police explosives teams examined the Airbus A330 after it landed..
Jetliner makes emergency landing in Boston due to fire in cabinSeat fire possibly from cell phone charger battery pack on Virgin Atlantic plane heading from New York to London forced pilots to land; no one was hurt