ITV to go behind the scenes at Virgin Atlantic

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Virgin Atlantic aircraft at London Heathrow

Television channels do have a habit of moving in packs.

The BBC goes behind the scenes at John Lewis. Channel 4 follows with a documentary about Liberty.

ITV goes behind the scenes at The Savoy. The BBC follows with a documentary about Claridges,

The BBC goes behind the scenes at London Underground, Channel 5 follows with a documentary about First Great Western. As does Sky with East Coast Trains.

After shops, hotels and railways, the BBC turned to British Airways just a short time ago with A Very British Airline.

And now, Virgin Atlantic, never one to allow British Airways to have it all its own way or hog the limelight, has invited The Garden Productions to film behind the scenes at the airline for ITV.

Whilst details are scant at the moment, it is understood that the documentary will be shown later this year and likely subjects could include the launch of Boeing 787 operations.

Update May 2015: We understand that the documentary will be called “Virgin Atlantic – Up In The Air” and a transmission date is imminent.

Update June 2015: Virgin Atlantic “Up In The Air” will premier on ITV at 9pm on Tuesday 7 July.

Virgin Atlantic launches new Vivienne Westwood uniforms

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Virgin Atlantic Logo (Image Credit: Virgin Atlantic)
Virgin Atlantic Logo (Image Credit: Virgin Atlantic)

Virgin Atlantic officially launched its new Vivienne Westwood uniform collection for Virgin Atlantic pilots, cabin crew and ground staff at the Village Underground in London on 1 July.

The uniforms have been “road tested” by Virgin Atlantic staff for some months and feature sharp cuts and a tailored British look that is particularly flattering to slimmer frames.

The event featured a public appearance by Sir Richard Branson, Vivienne Westwood and a performance by Blondie.

Guests included Tallulah Harlech, Laura Bailey, Jade Parfitt, Mary Charteris, Kelis, Jasmine Guiness, and Matt Smith.

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30 Years of Virgin Atlantic In Pictures (Part 3)

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Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner

As Virgin Atlantic celebrates its thirtieth anniversary later this month, here are more images from the airline’s history.

In the third part of our series, we take a look at the some of the airline’s aircraft past and present:

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30 Years of Virgin Atlantic In Pictures (Part 2)

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Airbus A320 aircraft in Virgin Atlantic “Little Red” livery

As Virgin Atlantic celebrates its thirtieth anniversary later this month, here are more images from the airline’s history.

Whilst Virgin Atlantic’s route network is relatively small compared to its major rivals, when it does launch a new route, the airline can never be accused of not making an entrance:

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30 Years of Virgin Atlantic In Pictures (Part 1)

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Virgin Atlantic aircraft at London Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic celebrates its thirtieth anniversary later this month.

On 22 June 1984, flight VS1 departed London Gatwick for Newark airport, operated by a Boeing 747-200 aircraft bearing the name “Maiden Voyager”. The airline has grown significantly since then. It now flies to approximately thirty destinations worldwide, principally from London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports.

Whilst Virgin has struggled in recent years with the airline losing money for four of the past five years and it suspending a number of routes (Accra, Nairobi, Sydney), it remains one of aviation’s most iconic brands, marketing itself with a confidence and flair that few can match, and is known for punching well above its weight in terms of its profile in the industry.

Flight VS1 still operates to Newark today, but from London Heathrow which is now the airline’s principal base for flights to North America. New York continues to be one of Virgin Atlantic’s most important routes with the airline operating a combined six flights a day (nine if you add Delta codeshares) to Newark and New York JFK airports combined.

Here is the first of a collection of images from Virgin Atlantic’s 30 year history, starting with the launch of the airline in 1984 and its inaugural flight:

(Click here for parts two and three of our collection.

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Virgin Atlantic adds Atlanta & Delta adds Los Angeles in Heathrow shuffle

Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines have announced changes to their schedules between London Heathrow and Atlanta and Los Angeles as part of their transatlantic joint-venture.

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Virgin Atlantic & Delta Air Lines Aircraft (Image Credit: Delta Air Lines)

We have to admit to being a little surprised by this news.

Virgin Atlantic and Delta, partners together in a relatively new transatlantic joint-venture, have announced that they will swap flights between London Heathrow and Los Angeles and Atlanta from 26 October 2014.

Delta will take over one of Virgin Atlantic’s twice daily London Heathrow – Los Angeles flights. Virgin Atlantic will take over one of Delta’s thrice daily London Heathrow – Atlanta flights.

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AA, BA, Delta & Virgin to battle on London – New York

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Delta, American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic & British Airways aircraft at London Heathrow
Delta, American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic & British Airways aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: Heathrow)

If there’s one long-haul route from London that is more coveted than any other, it has to be the London Heathrow to New York route.

In 2013, some 4.2 million passengers flew in both directions between London and New York. This is more than Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami combined.

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Virgin Atlantic’s new safety demonstration “Trip”

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Virgin Atlantic Safety Demonstration Trip
Virgin Atlantic Safety Demonstration Trip (Image Credit: Virgin Atlantic / Art & Graft)

Over the past few years there has been something of an industry in the development of in-flight safety demonstrations that seem designed just as much for sharing on social media as they are for advising passengers of aircraft safety procedures.

The leader in this field has been Air New Zealand and the latest contribution to this genre comes from Virgin Atlantic. Here is its new safety demonstration which will be featured on aircraft from 1 March 2014.

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Virgin Atlantic suspends London – Sydney from 5 May 2014

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Virgin Atlantic aircraft at London Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic has today announced that it is to suspend its daily London Heathrow-Sydney service from 5 May 2014. The airline will continue to fly to Hong Kong, where the Sydney flight currently stops en-route.

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Virgin Atlantic & Delta to operate New York “shuttle”

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Virgin Atlantic & Delta Air Lines Aircraft (Image Credit: Delta Air Lines)

Following the grant of anti-trust immunity by the US Department of Transportation, Virgin Atlantic and Delta have today confirmed they will co-ordinate their schedules to operate a nine times daily shuttle service on the London Heathrow – New York (Newark & JFK) route from 30 March 2014.

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