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Virgin Atlantic, a trading name of Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited and Virgin Atlantic International Limited, is a British airline with its head office in Crawley, England. The airline was established in 1984 as British Atlantic Airways, and was originally planned by its co-founders Randolph Fields and Alan Hellary to fly between London and the Falkland Islands. Soon after changing the name to Virgin Atlantic Airways, Fields sold his shares in the company after disagreements with Sir Richard Branson over the management of the company. The maiden flight from Gatwick Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport took place on 22 June 1984.

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EasyJet cuts jobs; Norwegian Air losses deepen [Video]

EasyJet cuts jobs; Norwegian Air losses deepen

EasyJet says it will cut up to 30% of posts in preparation for a shrunken air travel market, while Norwegian Air says losses have deepened just days after it completed a financial rescue. Julian..

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Virgin Atlantic to cut more than 3,000 jobs [Video]

Virgin Atlantic to cut more than 3,000 jobs

Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to axe more than 3,000 jobs and end its operations at Gatwick. The airline said it will reduce its workforce by 3,150 people - equivalent to more than a 30% cut.

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Why British Airways doesn't want a bailout [Video]

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Domestic air travel down 70%, recovery likely to be slow [Video]

Domestic air travel down 70%, recovery likely to be slow

Domestic air traffic is down 70% globally and the recovery over the coming six months is likely to be slow, the industry's representative body IATA said on Tuesday. Ciara Lee reports

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Virgin Atlantic won't survive without government help - Branson [Video]

Virgin Atlantic won't survive without government help - Branson

Virgin Atlantic won't survive unless it gets government aid, says founder Richard Branson. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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Virgin Atlantic plane brings hundreds of thousands of PPE items from China to UK [Video]

Virgin Atlantic plane brings hundreds of thousands of PPE items from China to UK

Sixteen tonnes of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been flown from China to the UK on a cargo-only Virgin flight. The flight was chartered by the NHS and the Department of Health and Social..

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Virgin Atlantic repatriation flight from Mumbai touches down at Heathrow Airport [Video]

Virgin Atlantic repatriation flight from Mumbai touches down at Heathrow Airport

Virgin Atlantic flight VS355 arrives at London Heathrow, carrying the first UK nationals from India’s capital city, Mumbai, back to the UK. It is among the first of the UK government repatriation..

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Coronavirus: Branson to sell Galactic stake to prop up Virgin

The billionaire hopes to raise $500m to support his businesses including Virgin Atlantic.
BBC News - Published

Coronavirus: Virgin Atlantic to cut 3,000 jobs and quit Gatwick

The airline will axe a third of its workforce in response to the "severe impact" of coronavirus.
BBC News - Published

Virgin airlines in trouble on two continents

Sir Richard Branson says he is not asking for a handout, but a commercial loan to save the airline.
BBC News - Published

Coronavirus: NHS Nightingale work for Virgin and EasyJet staff

Virgin Atlantic and EasyJet appeal to staff to step in and help at the NHS Nightingale hospital.
BBC News - Published

Coronavirus: Virgin Atlantic to seek bailout in coming days

The airline is to ask the government for cash to keep going after coronavirus leads to travel slump.
BBC News - Published

Coronavirus: Virgin Atlantic admits flying near-empty planes

The carrier has seen a fall in bookings due to the coronavirus outbreak.
BBC News - Published

Virgin Atlantic suspends Shanghai flights over coronavirus

Virgin Atlantic has suspended its daily operations to Shanghai for two weeks from Feb. 2 due to the outbreak of coronavirus and a declining demand for flights, it said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Plane fire: Virgin Atlantic flight makes emergency landing

Police believe portable phone charger may be to blame for the fire on the Virgin Atlantic flight.
BBC News - Published