9 July 2014: We were voted the runner up for ‘Innovation of the Year’ at the 2degrees Champions Awards 2014 for our ground breaking partnership with LanzaTech on sustainable fuels. Our Head of Sustainability, Emma Harvey was a finalist for ‘Member of the Year’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
16 April 2014: We’ve updated our Sustainability Policy, which sets out our key targets and initiatives for our environmental and community investment activities.
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.
11 March 2014: Twelve thousand students celebrated change with world-renowned speakers!
3 March 2014: We are thrilled to announce that Prince Harry will be attending, and speaking at We Day UK!
20 January 2014: Our Corporate Social Responsibility programme was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Business Travel Awards 2014.
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.
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.
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.
6 November 2013: Our low carbon fuel partner LanzaTech has achieved RSB certification, the most robust sustainability standard possible.
Here's what we've been up to recently ...
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”.
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.
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.
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.
18 August 2013: Our CEO visits India to see first-hand the work we’re doing with our charity partner Free The Children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.