Welcome to my return trip report on Virgin Atlantic!
A brief history of Virgin Atlantic
This airline is a British airline, based in Crawley England has been established since 1984.The original name of this airline was British Atlantic Airways and was renamed to Virgin Atlantic Airways after some issues between 2 shareholders of this company. The first flight for this airline took place in June 1984, London Gatwick to New York Newark Airport. Richard Branson entered this partnership before the airline was renamed to Virgin Atlantic. After much negotiations between him and Randolph Fields, Fields has his stake reduced to 25%, with the name being renamed and also became the first CEO of the company. However, things didn't work out for him and his stake was brought out and things ended ugly as his situation with the company ended up in the high court.
Richard Branson had the majority of the build up to this airline with a leased Boeing 747-200 starting operation and he declared that if the airline fail to make a profit within a year, he will withdraw his airline from the market. Fortunately for the airline, it succeeded and with the help of the sister's company, Virgin Records, the airline was able to finance a 2nd lease Boeing 747. Gradually, the airline expanded with more aircraft joining the fleet and the expansion of the network. More aircraft such as the BAC 1-11, Boeing 727 and Vickers Viscount were either leased or purchased 2nd hand joined the fleet of Boeing 747, operating on shorter routes within Europe and Britain.
Now, the airline is competiting well with British Airways, operating a strong fleet of Airbus A330-300, (-900) (coming in August 2022), Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft. The airline has also wet-leased some Airbus A321 (Converted Freighter) to operate on short routes. With a 49% stake from Delta Airlines, both airlines have a reciprocal relationship which give consumers flying on both airlines more choices to fly on, with both airlines code-sharing with each other's routes, earning miles on each other's frequent flyer program, sharing lounges and other benefits which help attract the frequent flyers, making it very competitive against their rivals.
I was offered this amount (below) to upgrade to Upper Class and it is an insane amount of $ to upgrade on this relatively short flight in my opinion.
I wasn't able to do the online check-in as they need to verify my final destination (not the movie) and I have to do that in person with the airport staff.
Day of departure
The famous TWA hotel, I had a last look at it before making my way to terminal 4.