Fun with families and firefighters at Heathrow

By: Dave Gunner

July 3, 2016


We had a fantastic time yesterday when we joined our friends at Heathrow Airport for their annual family day. When you are working long shifts, weekends and holidays away from your family it is great to be able bring them to the airport to see what goes on behind the scenes. It was also really good to share the day with colleagues from other airport organisations and find out a bit more about what they do. There is so much fascinating stuff that goes on at airports from runway lights to people looking after wildlife around the airport. There was something for everyone and judging by the smiling faces a great time was had by all. The weather was mostly glorious (we think the Met Office arranged that from their van), the setting unique and the atmosphere really good.

Heathrow Family Day 2016

A big event
The family day takes place at our Heathrow Hangar and the surrounding stands. Families can visit displays by many airport organisations, tour one of our aircraft and see a breath-taking display by the Heathrow Fire Service. They could also look at and sit in a huge array of specialist airport equipment, everything from Follow Me cars to giant snow ploughs. The police were displaying their vehicles old and new from the latest helicopter to a Morris Minor Panda car from the 60s. For the youngest children there was a steam locomotive and an array of bouncy castles and other attractions.

On hand to make things go smoothly were a number of our Engineers, Cabin Crew and pilots and running the show from our Hangar team was Andy Currey, one of our Engineering Managers at the hangar.

Heathrow Family Day 2016

Our pilots, engineers, cabin crew and a giant Pink Panther with Phil Maher, EVP Operations, Virgin Atlantic, Craig Kreeger, CEO Virgin Atlantic,, and John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive Officer Heathrow Airport and some of their families.



Andy Currey briefs the cabin crew team ahead of the aircraft tours.


Our engineers were on hand to answer all those difficult questions about aircraft


As part of the Heathrow Fire Service display some of our cabin crew volunteered to be rescued!


Our charity partner Free the Children were there to talk about the fantastic work they do.






Heathrow Family Day 2016

The police helicopter with a spectacular array of ground equipment


Dave Gunner

Dave is the co-editor of Ruby, the Virgin Atlantic Blog. He has worked at Virgin Atlantic for over two decades. In that time he has amassed some truly epic memories but never lost his fascination with the airline world. Dave's on a mission to bring you some great insights into our people, planes and planet.

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