Virgin Atlantic’s birthday bonus

May 26: On the eve of its 25th birthday, Virgin Atlantic announced a pre-tax profit in the last financial year of £68.4million, up from £34.8million the year before.

The results are in marked contrast to British Airways, which posted a record loss. Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, said: “The last financial year has proven to be the most volatile yet in our 25-year history. To increase profits against a backdrop of such a severe recession is an excellent achievement.”

Virgin Atlantic will celebrate its 25th birthday on June 22.

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