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To comply with new security requirements from the US Government customers travelling from the UK to the US may be subject to additional searches and questions. Customers may be asked to turn on personal electronic or battery powered devices in order to demonstrate how they work. If, when requested, you are unable to turn your device on, you will not be able to travel with your device.
To help avoid delays to your journey please ensure you arrive at the airport with all your devices fully charged. We would like to thank you for your co-operation.
Passengers flying from Manchester to Heathrow on Virgin Atlantic Little Red were joined by furry friends taking their first ever flight this week.
As part of a new agreement between Virgin Atlantic and Guide Dogs, two trainee guide dogs and their handlers flew down from Manchester to London to help them on their first steps to becoming experts at leading at 35,000 feet. They were joined a fully-qualified guide dog, who is an experienced flyer, travelling with her owner.
Trainee guide dogs are now able to travel on Virgin Atlantic’s Little Red flights between Manchester and Heathrow to help familiarise themselves with the airport environment and to become accustomed to flying on a plane. This is an important step of guide dog training to help blind or partially sighted owners who wish to travel by air and Little Red is the first airline to offer the opportunity from Heathrow Airport.
Geraldine Lundy, Passenger Accessibility Manager at Virgin Atlantic said: “We do everything we can to help make flying accessible for anyone. Customers are already able to travel with fully qualified assistance dogs on Virgin Atlantic’s long haul and Little Red services. By enabling trainee guide dogs to take a trip on our Little Red service we’re hoping that more people will feel confident travelling by air with their canine companions.”
Tricia Williams, Customers Services Director at Manchester Airport said: “We strive to give all of passengers at Manchester Airport the best possible experience from check-in to take off so really welcome this new initiative, which will be a massive benefit to a great deal of people. We hope it proves to be a huge success and look forward to welcoming more trainee guide dogs in the future.”
Guide Dogs’ Transport Policy Officer John Welsman said: “We’re delighted to have this agreement in place with Virgin Atlantic. Many of our guide dog owners need to travel by plane regularly either for work or leisure, so the opportunity to prepare a guide dog while it’s in training is invaluable. It gives a guide dog owner extra confidence that their dog will be familiar, relaxed and happy on a flight, which means they can travel on their own terms.”
People who require assistance dogs can travel with their fully qualified assistance dog on Virgin Atlantic’s worldwide and Little Red domestic service. Those that wish to travel with their assistance dog should contact Virgin Atlantic’s special assistance department prior to flying.
Guide dog owner Hetal Bapdora recently flew Virgin Atlantic to New York with her guide dog Nessie and said: “She was treated like royalty, the cabin crew couldn’t do enough for her and having guide dogs in training on flights means more guide dog partnerships will have the great experience we did.”
Our cargo consisted of medical supplies and newborn infant survival kits.
Super Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest tropical cyclone to ever make landfall with sustained wind speed at landfall of 195 miles per hour with wind gusts of up to 235 miles per hour and a surge in sea level during the storm of 13 feet.
The impact is classified by the World Health Organisation as Category 3, the highest — making it one of the worst disasters in recent history, on par with the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the Haiti earthquake in 2010.
14.1 million people were affected, more than 13% of the country's population with a death toll of more than 6,000. There are 1,800 people missing, 27,000 injured, 4.1 million displaced and 1.2 million homes destroyed.
Most immediate threats to survivors (in order of urgency): Lack of safe drinking water, no shelter, untreated injuries and illnesses, insufficient food, lack of sanitation and personal hygiene items, lack of household supplies like fuel.
Among the cargo we carried were 234 ‘newborn kits’. These carry essential items for babies in their first few weeks of life and were sent to Tacloban, one of the places worst hit by Tyhpoon Haiyan. Given to mothers on their first postnatal visit after delivery, the kits are designed to last each infant for at least one month, helping to reduce the risk of severe infection.
We're in the midst of running broadband trials on some of our long haul flights. You might have had the chance to use the WIFI onboard Lady Love, Diamond Girl or Champagne Belle. If you have, we'd love to hear what you thought. If you've yet to use the service, if you're travelling onboard one of these aircraft there will be a seatback flyer with information and instructions for use.
We're planning on rolling this service out across more of our fleet this year, so we'll keep you posted!
We’re pleased to announce a new benefit change for customers travelling on Virgin Atlantic Little Red from London Heathrow Terminal 1. From 1 March 2014, eligible customers will be offered a £10 Costa Coffee card instead of an invitation to the Servisair Lounge.
This change has come about as a result of customer feedback. Costa Coffee is located in a prime site in the gate area in T1, adjacent to our desks, so it’s extremely convenient for our customers. And they’ll now be able to choose their own refreshments from a wide range of sweet and savoury snacks and drinks.
To clarify, eligible customers are:
Eligible customers can collect their £10 Costa Coffee card at the Little Red desk at Gate 8.
All domestic Y & J class bookings, connecting Upper Class customers and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold members will still be able to use the 3rd party lounges in Edinburgh (Servisair Lounge), Aberdeen (Servisair Lounge), and Manchester (Escape Lounge). And they’ll still receive their £10 Costa Coffee card at Heathrow Terminal 1.
Mumbai Airport has opened its brand new Terminal 2, which all airlines including Virgin Atlantic, moved in to on Wednesday 12 February.
The new Terminal 2 building in Mumbai Airport is spread over 400,000 sq metres and will increase the airport’s capacity to 40 million passengers and handle 1.50 million tonnes of cargo a year, from the 30 million passengers and 639,063 tonnes it handles now.
On arrival into Mumbai, you'll be greeted by a 3km stretch of artwork which depicts Indian history, Bollywood film culture and the city of Mumbai, with walls painted up to 18 metres high and can be seen from every floor in the terminal. Previous arrival immigration congestion has been addressed with the introduction of 76 desks and the number of baggage carousels in the arrivals hall has also increased, which will help alleviate baggage delays in busy times.
Virgin Atlantic Little Red, our UK domestic service, is a great way for you to connect to Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. With great value fares and full service flights, a Little Red can get you a long way!
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