Book: VIRGIN ATLANTIC. John Balmforth. 2009. Fully Illustrated. Hardback.

'VIRGIN ATLANTIC' by John Balmforth.

First edition 2009. Midland Publishing / Ian Allan, Surrey England.

Laminated Pictorial Hard Covers. No Jacket. Measures: 8.5 by 11.25 inches. 96 pages, glossary, bibliography. Fully i llustrated with colour photographs.

2009 marked the 25th anniversary of Virgin Atlantic’s maiden flight from Gatwick to Newark in the USA, although the origins of the company are slightly older,

dating back to the formation of British Atlantic Airways in 1982.

BAA was originally conceived as an airline flying between Britain and the Falkland Islands following the war of 1982, but problems with the airfield at

Port Stanley meant that the airline never started this service and attention turned to linking the UK with North America.

At this point Richard Branson got involved and joined with BAA's founder Randolph Fields in a business partnership to launch the fledgling airline.

On June 22, 1984 Virgin Atlantic operated its inaugural scheduled air service between London Gatwick and Newark Liberty using a single, leased Boeing 747-200

(G-VIRG) formerly operated by Aerolineas Argentinas.

The contents & hard covers are in near mint, AS NEW condition.

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