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VIRGIN ATLANTIC 787 DREAMLINER BOSTON COMPETITION (opens in a new window)

Win a quiet flight

03 November 2014: To celebrate our award-winning Dreamliner becoming the first Quiet Mark awarded aeroplane, we are giving a pair of round trip tickets to Boston to one lucky winner.

Click here to enter our competition (opens in a new window)

VIRGIN ATLANTIC ANNOUNCES HSBC TO JOIN UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP IN DEVELOPMENT OF LOW CARBON FUEL (opens in a new window)

HSBC joins partnership

24 October 2014: HSBC is joining our exciting partnership with LanzaTech in preparation for a world-first flight using a ground-breaking low carbon fuel.

Read the press release here (PDF 80KB) (opens in a new window)

VIRGIN ATLANTIC 787 AIRCRAFT RECEIVES QUIET MARK AWARD RECOGNITION  (opens in a new window)

Quiet 787-9 wins award

15 October 2014: We have become the first ever airline to be awarded the prestigious Quiet Mark certification, for our new fleet of Boeing 787s.

Read more here (PDF 185KB) (opens in a new window)

UN CLIMATE SUMMIT IATA AND ICAO ISSUE JOINT DECLARATION (opens in a new window)

UN Climate Summit

23 September 2014: IATA issued a joint declaration along with ICAO to announce the aviation industry’s commitment on actions to deal with climate change.

Read the full agreement here (PDF 420KB) (opens in a new window)

UK scholaship students meet their judges in India (opens in a new window)

Inspiring trip to India

12 August 2014: Michelle writes about her amazing trip in India to meet the 30 lucky scholarship winners and the communities we are supporting.

Read about it here (PDF 945KB) (opens in a new window)

Fuelling the Future Discussion Paper (opens in a new window)

Fuelling the Future

13 July 2014: A discussion paper published by Sustainable Aviation calls for a review of the UK government’s sustainable aviation fuels policy.

Read Fuelling the Future here (opens in a new window)

2degrees Champions Awards 2014 runner-up (opens in a new window)

Runner-up at 2degrees

9 July 2014: We were voted the runner up for ‘Innovation of the Year’ at the 2degrees Champions Awards 2014 for our partnership with LanzaTech on sustainable fuels. Our Head of Sustainability, Emma Harvey was a finalist for ‘Member of the Year’.

See the full list of winners here (opens in a new window)

Little boy picking fruit (opens in a new window)

1,200 fruit trees for India

30 June 2014: In the last six months our team has raised a massive £147,351.26. Of this £50.160, is for our fruit tree campaign in India.

Read more about it here (PDF 960KB) (opens in a new window)

CIITA video (opens in a new window)

Our new animation

1 June 2014: Narrated by Sir Richard Branson, this 3.5 minute animation shows what we're doing to reduce our environmental impact and to support communities in need.

Watch it on YouTube here (opens in a new window)

Girl drinking clean water from newly installed water source (opens in a new window)

Clean water isn’t a luxury

19 May 2014: Donations made by our customers to our onboard Change for Children appeal has provided more than 19,920 people with clean water.

Read more about it here (PDF 934KB) (opens in a new window)

2degrees Champions Awards 2014 shortlist (opens in a new window)

Virgin Atlantic shortlisted

1 May 2014: We’ve been shortlisted for two awards - ‘Innovation of the Year’ for our partnership with LanzaTech and ‘Member of the Year’ for our very own Head of Sustainability, Emma Harvey.

See the shortlisted entries here (opens in a new window)

Sustainability Policy (opens in a new window)

New Sustainability Policy

16 April 2014: We’ve updated our Sustainability Policy, which sets out our key targets and initiatives for our environmental and community investment activities.

Click here to read the Sustainability Policy (PDF 391KB) (opens in a new window)

Free The Children logo (opens in a new window)

Our amazing partnership

7 April 2014: Since our partnership began in 2010, Free The Children has captured the hearts, minds and imaginations of our people, our passengers and also thousands of students across the UK.

Watch this short video to see how (opens in a new window)

Malala speaking at We Day UK (opens in a new window)

Malala inspires 12,000 students

11 March 2014: Twelve thousand students celebrated change with world-renowned speakers!

Read more about it here (PDF 913KB) (opens in a new window)

We Day speakers (opens in a new window)

Prince Harry attending We Day UK!

3 March 2014: We are thrilled to announce that Prince Harry will be attending, and speaking at We Day UK!

Click here to see the We Day line up (opens in a new window)

Business Travel Awards 2014 logo (opens in a new window)

Business Travel Awards

20 January 2014: Our Corporate Social Responsibility programme was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Business Travel Awards 2014.

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Delivering aid to the Philippines  (opens in a new window)

Delivering aid to the Philippines

4 January 2014: We delivered 13 tonnes of supplies including medicines and health kits to the Philippines. Our onboard appeal also raised over £32,000.

Read all about it here (PDF 16KB) (opens in a new window)

Noise Management Strategy (opens in a new window)

Our first Noise Management Strategy

27 November 2013: Today we are announcing an aviation-first, becoming the only airline to set itself robust noise targets and publish a strategy for delivering on those targets, in a fully peer-reviewed Noise Management Strategy.

More about our Noise Management Strategy (opens in a new window)

Cycle India 2013 (opens in a new window)

Cycle India 2013

12 November 2013: The bikes had brought us all together. It was truly an amazing experience that everyone will take away and cherish for years to come.

More about Cycle India (PDF 3.6MB) (opens in a new window)

LanzaTech plant secures leading sustainability approval (opens in a new window)

LanzaTech secures leading sustainability approval

6 November 2013: Our low carbon fuel partner LanzaTech has achieved RSB certification, the most robust sustainability standard possible.

 

More about the approval (PDF 134KB) (opens in a new window)


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Corporate Entrepreneur (opens in a new window)

Corporate Entrepreneur Awards 2013 finalist

23 October 2013: Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech are announced a ‘Future Is Here’ finalist at the 2013 Corporate Entrepreneur Awards. Judges said: “This is a hugely ambitious project with the potential to change the face of the aviation industry”.

Read the press release here (PDF) (opens in a new window)

CIITA Sustainability Report 2013 (opens in a new window)

Sustainability Report 2013

16 October 2013: Our Change is in the Air Sustainability Report 2013 is online. It’s a progress update of our key initiatives in our sustainability programme.

Read the full report here (PDF) (opens in a new window)

Virgin Unite sustainable fuels article (opens in a new window)

Sustainable fuels for aviation. Getting ready for take-off!

23 September 2013: Emma Harvey, Head of Sustainability, explains our award-winning approach to sustainable aviation fuels and how we are innovating towards the routine use of low carbon fuels, as a key part of our Change is in the Air sustainability programme.

Photo: Picking up our Observer Ethical Award for ‘business initiative’. Courtesy of Anna Gordon.

Read the Virgin Unite article here (opens in a new window)

Cycle USA charity challenge (opens in a new window)

Cycle USA challenge

12 September 2013: 52 riders assembled on Boston Common to cycle over 250 miles, across four states in four days, from Boston to New York.

More about Cycle USA (PDF 532KB) (opens in a new window)

India trip (opens in a new window)

Craig Kreeger’s visit to India

18 August 2013: Our CEO visits India to see first-hand the work we’re doing with our charity partner Free The Children.

Read about his amazing trip (PDF) (opens in a new window)

Oberver Ethical Awards 2013 win (opens in a new window)

Observer Ethical Award Winner

13 June 2013: We're thrilled to have won the 2013 Observer Ethical Award for our business initiative with LanzaTech, recognising our partnership to commercialise low carbon, cost-competitive aviation biofuels.

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Noise Roadmap (opens in a new window)

Experts demonstrate that UK aviation noise will not increase with near doubling of flights

23 April 2013: The UK aviation cross-industry association, Sustainable Aviation, launched the industry’s first Noise Road-Map today, demonstrating that noise from UK aviation will not increase with greater flights over the next 40 years.

Read the Noise Roadmap press release here (PDF 546KB) (opens in a new window)

Independent article (opens in a new window)

Our sustainable fuels programme - coverage in The Independent

23 April 2013: Major breakthroughs in the war on carbon. Richard Branson and Suzanne Hunt offer their insight on the steps being taken to lead the aviation industry into a more sustainable future.

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Sustainable Restaurant Association

World-first for airline meals

02 April 2013: We’re delighted to announce a world-first, pioneering partnership with the Sustainable Restaurant Association, which will see all our worldwide caterers being assessed against a consistent set of wide ranging criteria, to improve the sustainability profile of our onboard food and drink.

Read about our partnership with Sustainable Restaurant Association

Intrapraneurs finalist - vote now! (opens in a new window)

Sustainable Biofuels Awards

13 March 2013: We have won the 2013 Sustainable Biofuels Award in the Sustainable Aviation sector.

Read about our award (PDF 140KB) (opens in a new window)

Intrapreneurs finalist (opens in a new window)

Intrapreneurs finalist

18 February 2013: Emma Harvey, Head of Sustainability at Virgin Atlantic, is one of 15 finalists in the 'League of Intrapreneurs - Building Better Business from the Inside Out' awards for our sustainable fuels programme.

Read the 'Sustainable fuel solutions for aviation' competition entry (opens in a new window)

British Travel Awards (opens in a new window)

Business Travel Awards

21 January 2013: Our CSR programme was 'Highly Commended' in the Business Travel Awards. For more information, see our Change is in the Air Sustainability Report Autumn 2012, on our homepage.

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