3 March 2014: We are thrilled to announce that Prince Harry will be attending, and speaking at We Day UK! We can’t wait to see how he inspires the youth at We Day to take action in the coming year.
17 February 2014: We are proud to help bring We Day to the UK on 7 March. We Day is more than a one-day event, it brings students together to lead global change and celebrate the change that they’re making in their local and global communities.
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 on a maintenance flight 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… Two completely different lifestyles and cultures. 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 from the Virgin family, assembled in Boston Common to cycle over 250 miles, across four states in four days, from Boston to New York.
18 August 2013: Craig Kreeger, 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.
16 May 2013: We've been announced as finalists in The Observer Ethical Awards 2013 for our programme to innovate away from fossil fuels, including our partnership with low carbon fuel provider LanzaTech.
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.
Released on 08 November 2012
23 July 2012 - Our new fuel management system could save 92,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.