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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

Malala speaking at We Day UK

Malala inspires 12,000 students

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

Read more about it here (PDF 913KB)

We Day 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!

Click here to see the We Day line up


Business Travel Awards 2014

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

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)

Noise Management Strategy

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.

More about our Noise Management Strategy

Cycle India 2013

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)

LanzaTech plant secures leading sustainability approval

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.


More about the approval (PDF 134KB)

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Corporate Entrepreneur

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)

CIITA Sustainability Report 2013

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.

Read the full report here (PDF)

Virgin Unite sustainable fuels article

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

Cycle USA charity challenge

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)

India trip

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)

Oberver Ethical Awards 2013 win

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.

Read the press release (PDF)

Noise Roadmap

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.

More about Sustainable Aviation (PDF 546KB)

Independent article

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.

Read the supplement (PDF)

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!

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)

Intrapreneurs finalist

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

British Travel Awards

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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