Virgin Atlantic flights

Born in 1980 from of the imagination of entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson; legendary record label mogul who signed some of the greats including the Rolling Stones and The Human League, Virgin Atlantic has gone on to become one of the most well-respected and prestigious airlines in the skies. Its Flying Lady livery is based on the WWII era Varga Girls.

After a celebrity packed maiden flight, Virgin Atlantic now whisks travellers to hundreds of destinations across the globe, providing some of the most luxurious travel in the world. Its Upper Class service is hard to beat! The company’s mission statement; embrace the human spirit and let it fly!

The following information is correct as of August 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy. 

Why fly with Virgin Atlantic

How to Check In

Online check-in is possible for all Virgin Atlantic flights. It opens 24 hours before flight departure and closes two hours before take-off. Mobile check-in is available to anyone with a smartphone, enabling passengers to check-in, select their seats and save a paper free boarding pass. Check-in the old fashioned way, at the airport, from 4 hours to one hour before departure. A twilight check-in is an option at Gatwick Airport, open until 9pm the evening before departure

Baggage Allowance and Fees

Baggage allowance depends on the class of travel. Economy and Premium Economy passengers are entitled to one piece of hand-luggage weighing up to 6 kg and measuring no more than 23cm x 36cm x 56cm. Upper Class passengers may take two bags weighing up to 16kg in total. Infants are given an allowance of a 6kg bag. Check-in baggage fro Economy passengers is one bag weighing up to 23kg. Premium Economy offers a two bag allowance with a maximum weight for each bag of 23kg. Upper Class passengers may place three bags in the hold, weighing no more than 32kg each. Oversized bags carry a fee of £40 while bags that are overweight by between 23 and 32kg will incur a charge of £30.


Seats can be selected at booking or check-in free of charge. Just visit the Manage My Booking section of the Virgin Atlantic website. For more space, the adjacent seat can be freed up for a cost of £60, while seats offering 3 inches more legroom come in at £20 each way. Exit row seats cost £30 to book each way.

Booking Fees

Anyone requiring a paper ticket be sent them will incur a charge of £25. A 1.5% booking fee is applied to bookings paid for by credit card.

Service on Board

Economy in-flight service on Virgin Atlantic is some of the best in the business with a free bar service, complimentary meals, a seat back TV with video games consoles and a choice of hundreds of movies, games, TV and radio programmes. Kids get free packs of goodies to keep them entertained, while transatlantic customers receive a handy amenity kit. Premium passengers benefit from all these services and more with dedicated check-in and boarding facilities, pre-flight drink and priority baggage reclaim. The menus are slightly more luxurious offering fresh fruit and exotic beverages. Upper Class passengers can revel in the luxury of some of the longest flat-bed seats of any business class airline. Dedicated staff, personal suites, a free bar, crockery, cutlery and meals on demand make upper class seem more like a hotel than a plane.


Virgin Atlantic boasts 82.2% of flights arriving on time in 2013.

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