Virgin Atlantic has reached the “dirty thirties” and as part of the celebration Richard Branson last weekend offered Londoners the chance to drop everything, jump in a taxi and jet off to the Big Apple for a free weekend trip!
The brilliant business man has also successfully launched airlines in three continents, with Virgin Australia and Virgin America going strong alongside Virgin Atlantic. He credits his “amazing staff” for giving Virgin the edge on their competitors. Virgin continue ploughing profits into developing clean fuels and Branson believes the future looks bright for the next 30 years.
I love this story Richard Branson tells of the first ever Virgin flight.
“American Airlines decided to bump all of the passengers on an evening flight from Puerto Rico to the BVI – yours truly included. So I went to the back of the airport, hired a plane, borrowed a blackboard and wrote “Virgin Air, $39 single flight”. I walked around all the stranded people and filled up the plane. As we landed, a passenger said to me: “Virgin Airways isn’t too bad – smarten up the service and you could be in business.”
He was definitely onto something. Here’s to the next 30 years.
Congratulations and Happy Birthday Virgin Atlantic!