Virgin Holidays celebrates 25 years

Virgin Holidays celebrates 25 years

Virgin Holidays, the UK’s leading holiday company to Florida, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2010 with its first ever liveried plane. The aircraft, a Virgin Atlantic 747-400, was officially revealed by Virgin Chairman Sir Richard Branson at London Gatwick Airport today before departing to Orlando with over 350 Virgin Holidays customers aboard. In celebration of Virgin Holidays’ status as the UK’s official holiday company to Universal Orlando Resort, home of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - which opens on 18th June and promises to be the hottest new travel destination of the year - the plane features the official logo of the park emerging from an atmospheric cloudscape. Virgin Holidays began services to Florida with a charter service from London to Miami in 1985. Since then, the company estimates it has flown in excess of 10,000 return flights to the Sunshine State, carrying more than 2.5 million customers over 60 million miles. Last year, 100,000 travelled on direct services from Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow, enjoying, on average, 11.5 days of Florida’s unrivalled mix of sun, beaches, theme parks and leisure activities. Amanda Wills, Virgin Holidays Managing Director comments that: “This is an emotional day for us. Twenty-five years is a landmark for any company and it is wonderful to be able to mark the anniversary with this bold statement of our commitment to our founding destination. As the UK’s leading tour operator to Florida, our customers expect us to stay ahead of the game. This aircraft, plus the special benefits our customers can enjoy from our alliance with Universal Orlando Resort, again demonstrates our willingness to innovate to ensure they experience something unique.”

Gary Marshall
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