Today, at the Farnborough International Air Show, we announced a $4.4 billion order to buy 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. This was a big day for us and the culmination of 18 months’ work by our Finance, Legal, Engineering, Customer Experience and Flight Operations departments. It also marks the beginning of the entry into service programme which will see people from every department in our company working together to bring this exciting project to fruition.
The big announcement today was the responsibility of our Corporate Affairs, Communications and Events teams. With Richard, our CEO and a host of important industry figures present there was no pressure! Here we join them, behind the scenes to see how the day played out.
Richard becomes cameraman and presenter on the flight deck. (360 degree video)
Richard started the day early at our Gatwick Clubhouse with a number of interviews. A trend that was to continue all day.
The Comms team talking tennis with Richard on the bus out to the aircraft.
Treats onboard the A350
Airbus Experimental Test Pilot Malcolm Ridley and Test Pilot Isabelle De Montet-Guerin at the controls for our flight.
Aircraft Lessor Steven F. Udvar-Hazy and our CEO Craig Kreeger
Richard chatting to our Cabin Crew and Pilots onboard the A350
Not exactly Long Haul but most enjoyable nonetheless.
Answering more tough questions at the press conference
Richard taking a Q and A session with our people.
The Virgin Atlantic and Airbus teams
one last photo opportunity before Richard heads off
Last sight of the gorgeous Airbus A350. One of only a couple of aircraft that managed to fly before a storm shut the airshow.
For anyone here expecting to find Virgin Red coin, you’re close. Keep looking and eventually it will dawn on you.