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Changes to air passenger duty (APD)

Virgin Atlantic is pleased to confirm we will be refunding Air Passenger Duty already paid for children under 12, booked to fly in the economy cabin on or after 1 May 2015. We will update our website in the next day or so with details on how impacted customers can apply for an APD refund.


Thank you for making Flying Club #1

We’d like to thank our Flying Club members for helping us become the #1 international frequent flier program and #2 international carrier for business travellers. Read the entire report by Fortune and Travel and Leisure here.

LA Clubhouse

We’re pleased to unveil our plans for bringing our award-winning Clubhouse concept to Los Angeles International Airport.

Set within a relaxing space overlooking the Hollywood Hills, the new 4,000 square foot lounge will become our 11th Clubhouse and is due to open in spring 2015.

Created by our in-house design team, in partnership with Slade Architecture, the space is set to take its design cues from nature. Think sculptural lines and glimmers of gold inspired by that famous Los Angeles sunshine. Our team is also working with California-based artists, whose work will be shown alongside pieces from up-and-coming British artists. In common with all the airline’s Clubhouses, the space will allow us to make our customer’s experience as special on the ground as it is in the air.

The food and drink concept will allow guests to taste and share several dishes, creating a relaxed, sociable atmosphere. The food itself will take inspiration from clean, healthy west coast living and at the apothecary-inspired bar, cocktails will be the main event. Healthy juices infused with seeds and spices will be on offer, along with a shot on the side for those who like something a little stronger.

We’re keeping the design under wraps for now but look forward to sharing more as we countdown to the opening early next year.

Free WiFi in London

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Free WiFi in London

Leave the roaming charges at home - we've got you covered. Data roaming charges can be expensive, which is why we're offering free WiFi to MasterCard® cardholders, when you travel to London through February 15, 2015. With free WiFi, London's an even bigger hotspot.

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Our latest Delta partnership news

From 26 October 2014, Delta will begin operating one of two daily Heathrow-Los Angeles flights currently operated by Virgin Atlantic. This new Delta service will mark the airline’s first nonstop flight between Los Angeles and London Heathrow and is Delta’s seventh nonstop destination between London and the United States. In return, Virgin Atlantic will begin operating one of Delta’s three daily Heathrow-Atlanta flights. The new services will expand the award-winning service offered by both carriers to its customers as well as provide greater choice for travel between the U.K. and North America. The two airlines will codeshare on each other’s operated services, maximizing the customer appeal of the joint schedule.



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Important information for customers travelling from the UK to the USA

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.

Meet Sunny and Herbie

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 by a fully-qualified guide dog who is an experienced flyer, traveling with her owner. 

Trainee guide dogs are now able to travel on Virgin Atlantic's Little Red flights between Manchester and Heathrow to help familiarize themselves with the airport envirgonment 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 longhaul 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 traveling by air with their canine companions."

Tricia Williams, Customer Services Directior at Manchester Airport said, "We strive to give all our passengers at Manchester Airport the best possible experience from check-in to take off so we 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 traine guide dogs in the future."

Guide Dog's Transport Policy offer 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 guide dog owners extra confidience that their dog will be familiar, relax 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 worldwide routes 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 Yok 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."


A Royal Recap

This June, Virgin Atlantic - in partnership with MasterCard® - invited some of our top credit card holders and Flying Club members to a spectacular all inclusive three-day VIP trip to the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. There they played on one of golf’s most legendary courses before The Open Championship, received insider tips and attended a golf clinic with Paul Azinger.

Five lucky Flying Club members also won the chance to join them through our “Most Virgin Atlantic Golfer” contest, where we asked members to submit stories telling us why they played with the most passion, panache and personality.

We asked you to vote one of our five as the fairest of the fairway. So who is our sultan of swing? We’d like to introduce you to Dean, our winner and Most Virgin Atlantic Golfer. Read on to learn more about him and his Patrons Day experience at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, from snapping a serious selfie to his favorite challenge on the green.


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Changes to Heathrow Terminal 1 Little Red lounge access

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:

  • Y and J class bookings on Little Red
  • Connecting Upper Class customers
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold members

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.

WIFI connectivity onboard

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!

Mumbai opens its state-of-the-art new Terminal 2

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.

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Choosing your seat - important changes

We're making some changes to our advance seat assignment process.

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