Clean water isn’t a luxury
19 May 2014: Donations made by our customers to our onboard Change for Children appeal has provided over 19,920 people with clean water.
2degrees Champions Awards 2014 shortlist
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.
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.
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.
Malala inspires 12,000 students
11 March 2014: Twelve thousand students celebrated change with world-renowned speakers!
Prince Harry to attend We Day UK!
3 March 2014: We are thrilled to announce that Prince Harry will be attending, and speaking at We Day UK!
Business Travel Awards 2014
20 January 2014: Our Corporate Social Responsibility programme was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Business Travel Awards 2014.
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.
Our first ever 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.
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.
LanzaTech plant secures leading sustainability approval
6 November 2013: Our low carbon fuel partner LanzaTech has achieved RSB certification, the most robust sustainability standard possible.
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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”.
Our 2013 Sustainability Report
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.
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.
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.
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.
Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech Named 2013 Observer Ethical Award Winner - Business Initiative!
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.
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. This can be achieved through the development and introduction of quieter aircraft alongside the implementation of better operating procedures and improved land-use planning.
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.
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.
Sustainable Biofuels Awards
13 March 2013: We have won the 2013 Sustainable Biofuels Award in the Sustainable Aviation sector.
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.
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.