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Future fuel

20 September 2016: Our LanzaTech low carbon fuel project achieves breakthrough. 

> Read the press release here 

> Read an interview with Emma Harvey, our Head of Sustainability, on our blog here

sustainability report

Our latest results

14 July 2016: Today we're releasing our annual sustainability report. For all the latest on how we're doing against our targets as well as some great case studies, click the link below.

> Read the report here

fuel efficiency captain study

Flying efficiently

20 June 2016: We carried out an exciting project with our captains and academics on how we can be more fuel and carbon efficient. Read the press release here (78KB).

> Read summary report here (278KB)

business travel awards

We won!

18 January 2016: We've scooped the Business Travel Award 2016 for Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.

> Read more here

our new year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions

01 January 2016: In this month's Vera magazine we talk about our New Year's resolutions.

> Read more here (PDF 1.7MB)

round up pf 2015 news

Highlights of 2015

01 December2015: We take a look at the big news of 2015. 

> Read more here (PDF 1.9MB)

Sustainable food

Feel good food

01 November 2015: In this months Vera we focus on the food and drinks we serve to our customers. 

> Read more here (PDF 1.8MB)

Free the children fundraising

Thank you

01 October 2015: Thanks to your generous support, we've raisied £3.3million for our charity partner Free The Children.

> Read more here (PDF 1.5MB)

Free the children scholarship

Waste not want not

01 September 2015: Ever wondered where your old blankets and headsets go? Read all about our recycling initiatives in this months Vera.

> Read more here (PDF 2.6MB)

Free the children scholarship

Trip of a lifetime

01 August 2015: One of our Free The Children scholarship trip winners, Fabian, tells us all about his journey to India this summer.

> Read more here (PDF 1.3MB)

NATS win award

Sustainable aviation wins

07 July 2015: NATS' (The UK's air traffic management operator) have won Business in the Community's 'Engaging customers in Sustainability' award.

Read more here (opens in a new window)

latest sustainability page in Vera

Sustainability factor

01 July 2015: Our latest edition of Vera tests your knowledge of our Change is in the Air programme. How will you fare?

> Take our quiz here (PDF 1.3MB)

sustainability report out now

Report out now!

25 June 2015: Our annual sustainability report is available to download now. Including record low carbon emissions and updates on all our activities. Click below for our full and summary reports.

> Get the report here (PDF 10.5MB)

Nepal Emergency Appeal

Nepal Appeal

01 June 2015: Our onboard Change for Children appeal and our people raised £37,173 in just two weeks for Save the Children’s Nepal Appeal.

> Read about the appeal here (PDF 300KB)

Vera magazine one water special

Wonderful water

01 June 2015:  This month's Vera magazine takes a look at our partnership with One Water.

> Click here for the full article (PDF 3.2MB)

Virgin atlantic cargo helping victims of cyclone pam

Soles 4 Souls

12 May 2015:  Our cargo team worked with Soles4souls, Carnival Australia and Virgin Australia to help provide aid to victims of Cyclone Pam.

> Click here for the full article (PDF 326KB)

Vera focuses on We Day UK 2015

Vera this month

01 May 2015:  Our onboard magazine Vera focuses on this years We Day UK.

> Click here for the full article (PDF 2MB)

One water annual review figures

Charitable suppliers

10 April 2015:  Five years on, we look at the impact we've had across Africa thanks to our supplier One Water.

> Click here for the full article (PDF 205KB)

Vera sustainability page April edition

Our people

01 April 2015: We shine the spotlight on people across the business and how they're delivering sustainability.

> Click here for the full article (PDF 1.1MB)

Change for Children collection bags

Our giving in 2014

16 March 2015: In 2014 we donated a huge £1,433,433.17 to charity.

> Click here for the full article (PDF 977KB)

Martin Sheen speaking at We Day

We Day UK 2015

09 March 2015: 12,000 students and teachers attend the UKs 2nd We Day at Wembley Arena.

> Click here for the full article (PDF 923KB)

Adopt a village in verag magazine this month

What's on Vera

01 March 2015: We take a look at our Adopt a Village programme in this months Vera Magazine.

> Click here for the full article (PDF 1.2MB)

Change is in the air Vera page

Our newest edition

01 February 2015: In the spotlight this month is our brand new 787. Showcasing all her sustainable features, click below for a tour of our newest aircraft.

> Click here for the full article (PDF 827KB)

change for children donation box competition

And our winner is…

09 January 2015: Congratulations to Mariame, our winner of the Change for Children donation box competition. Look out for her design in a Clubhouse near you.

> Click here for a sneek peek (PDF 27.6MB)

our noise management strategy annual update

Flying more quietly

15 December 2014: Our Annual Noise Management Strategy Update is out now. Find out more about how we've performed against are objectives.

Click here to view our strategy

sustainable fuels roadmap

Fuels roadmap out now

02 December 2014: Sustainable Aviation has launched the Sustainable Fuels UK Roadmap. Headlines include potential for a 24% reduction in aviation CO2 by 2050.

Click here to view the roadmap (PDF 3.92 MB) (opens in a new window)

Lanzatech top the 50 hottest companies in Bioenergy

Lanzatech top the chart

11 November 2014: Our sustainable fuels partner, Lanzatech, has been voted #1 in Biofuels Digest Hot 50 Companies in Bioenergy.

Click here for the press release (opens in a new window)


Our 787 scoops award

5 November 2014: We have won the Quiet Mark Award of Distinction at The Noise Abatement Society, John Connell Awards. Our noise management strategy and new fleet of 787-9s helped us clinch the prize.

> Click here for the press release (PDF 331 KB)


Sustainability Report '14

4 November 2014: Our new sustainability report is out today. Covering everything from our carbon footprint to our community investment programme.

> Click here for the full report (PDF 11.7 MB)


Win a quiet flight

3 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)

carbon neutral carbon offsetting credit

Carbon offsetting

1 November 2014: We’re partnering with The Carbon Neutral Company on our carbon offsetting scheme. To find out more about offsetting your flight, click the link below.

Offset the carbon from your flight here (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)


787-9 gains quiet status

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)


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)

UK scholaship students meet their judges in India

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)

Fuelling the Future Discussion Paper

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

Runner-up at 2degrees

9 July 2014: Our sustainable fuels partnership was voted runner up for ‘Innovation of the Year’ at the 2degrees Champions Awards. Emma Harvey (Head of Sustainability) was a finalist for ‘Member of the Year’.

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

Little boy picking fruit

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)

CIITA video

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

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)

2degrees Champions Awards 2014 shortlist

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

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.

> See our Sustainability Policy (PDF 391KB)

Free The Children logo

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

Malala inspires at We Day

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

> Read more about it here (PDF 913KB)

We Day speakers

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

Business Travel Awards

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

Visit Business Travel Awards (opens in a new window)

Delivering aid to the Philippines

Aid for 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)