Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Happy 21st Birthday Virgin Atlantic  
User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 8667 posts, RR: 57
Posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3395 times:

Happy 21st Birthday Virgin.....

I'm usually a critic of Sir Richard Branson, but behind the smoke and mirrors is an excellent airline that in all but three of its 21 years has made a profit.

The best (in my opinion) aviation newsletter http://www.abtn.co.uk in the UK sums up the airline well:

"many (including your editor) were sceptical as to the success of the new project.... Never have so many been proven wrong, with today’s Virgin Atlantic a major force in international long distance air transport, with a current fleet of 32 aircraft and the mighty Airbus A380 on order. When Cuba, Montego Bay and Dubai are added to the route network later this year Virgin Atlantic will serve 30 airports allaround the globe."

1984 seems like a long time ago

British Caledonian was a powerful second force to BA.
Pan Am ordered the Airbus A310 and the recently unveiled A320.
For the first time a twin-engine passenger jet was allowed to fly non-stop across the Atlantic, an El Al Boeing 767.

Happy Birthday Virgin.

The world is really getting smaller these days
11 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25340 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3366 times:

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Matteo Zanzi - SpotIT

Happy birthday Virgin Atlantic Airways!

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4108 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3356 times:

Happy Birthday to them! Hope they can continue the success for many years to come,

Sam Smile

Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlineIb16uk From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3203 times:

Happy birthday Virgin Atlantic

Im nearly 6 months older than VS !!


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13841 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3196 times:

I have taken VS in October 1985 EWR-LHR(?)-EWR, May 1987 (LHR-EWR) and Dec 1995 (EWR-LHR-EWR), all on 747's. I remember my first flight with VS was on their first a/c, the 'Virgin Flyer' (scrapped out a few years ago). Last August, my then 17 year old neice flew VS EWR-LHR-EWR on A-340's They were always a bit more fun to be flying with than BA or the other majors and liked the little goodies packs even coach pax were given. Their competitive pricing, fun attitude and quality service has kept them in business and growing. They also have been a good influence on the airline industry around the world.
VS started when they took over the 'discount airline' slot for EWR-UK flights (originally to LGW, from BCal in 1984). Congrats to 21 years of service - now they can drink in the USA!  champagne 

User currently offlineErikwilliam From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 2152 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

will VS ever come to SoutAmerica, maybe GIG, or GRU??The only competition from LHR is BA and RG, and BA is doing pretty well.

Dida, Cafu, Lucio, Roque Junior, Roberto Carlo, Emerson, Ze Roberto, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Adriano, Robinho, Ronaldo
User currently offlineMD11junkie From Argentina, joined May 2005, 3152 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3174 times:

Congrats VS on the 21st aniversary! Keep those awesome A340 and 747 flying in those amazing colors!

Cheers! wave 
Gastón - The MD-11 Junkie

There is no such thing as Boeing vs Airbus as the queen of the skies has three engines, winglets and the sweetest nose!
User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3163 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 4):
VS started when they took over the 'discount airline' slot for EWR-UK flights (originally to LGW, from BCal in 1984).

BCal was never, never a "discount airline" or a LCC! At that time the service on BCal was far superior to BA, which was then state owned. BCal had to compete against BA, despite not having access to LHR and without any state subsidies that BA received.

I think you must be confusing BCal with Peoplexpress and possibly Laker Skytrain. Rumour has it that SRB decided to go into the airline business as he found the Peoplexpress booking line constantly engaged, so thought there must be a demand for low-cost flights between LGW and EWR.

Laker Skytrain went bust and Peoplexpress soon disappeared when it was acquired by CO. That was when the original Virgin flights commenced, aimed at the back packers rather than the business passengers that they have today.

MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
User currently offlineMr AirNz From New Zealand, joined Feb 2002, 974 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3127 times:

A 21 year old british virgin..... yeah right!  wink 

User currently offlineAtco2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3027 times:

Happy Birthday Virgin, 21 today!

Many happy returns  bigthumbsup 


Hey, you want to go out for pizza and some sex? What, you don't like pizza?
User currently offlineAirNZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2980 times:

A Very Happy 21st Birthday Virgin Atlantic!

A superb and high quality airline which still considers, and appreciates, it's passengers. Looking forward to my next flight to Sydney shortly, and many more to come!

User currently offlineNZ1 From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 2319 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2958 times:

It doesn't seem like 21 years. Good on you VS. When are you going to serve AKL??


Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Virgin Atlantic 21st Birthday Livery! posted Sun Apr 10 2005 01:38:16 by IntheKnow
Virgin Atlantic Fleet Questions. posted Sun Nov 26 2006 02:00:41 by CX747
James Bond And Virgin Atlantic posted Fri Nov 24 2006 01:53:40 by SQ_EK_freak
Virgin Atlantic´s 747-400´s posted Sun Nov 19 2006 22:06:03 by Qantas744ER
Happy 21st - Another Overdose Of Irish Aviation! posted Fri Nov 10 2006 20:08:28 by Kaitak
Virgin Atlantic With 757? posted Fri Nov 10 2006 13:05:05 by Columba
Virgin Atlantic At Orlando (MCO) posted Mon Oct 30 2006 07:59:38 by Kaitak744
Virgin Atlantic Flight Escorted To Land By F18 posted Sun Oct 29 2006 09:36:11 by HARLEYF150
Virgin Atlantic Makes H1 Profit Of US$28M / £15M posted Fri Oct 27 2006 15:57:09 by Singapore_Air
Virgin Atlantic Delays A380 EIS To 2013 posted Thu Oct 26 2006 18:41:04 by N328KF