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Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic is a British company founded by Richard Branson in 1984. From their bases in London Heathrow and Gatwick (might not resume flights from this base following the Covid-19 pandemic), the airline offers flights to currently about 30 destinations with its limited fleet of about 35 aircraft due to 2020’s Covid-19 pandemic crisis.

Virgin Atlantic aircraft offer 3 Class configurations – Economy, Premium and Upper Class (with fully reclinable seats).

Virgin Atlantic Baggage Allowance

Baggage allowances may vary according to route and cabin class; always check during your booking process.

Cabin Baggage

Max Weight:

10kg (22lb)

Max dimensions:

23 x 36 x 56cm

  • Only 1 piece of hand baggage / per person in Economy (Light, Classic and Delight) or Premium class.
  • Up to 2 pieces of hand baggage / per person in Upper class (either 12kg for 1 bag or 16kg combined for 2 bags).

Additional small bag such as small backpack, purse, handbag, overcoat, infant’s food are allowed for free on board.

  • Laptops must fit into your hand baggage.

Children’s hand baggage

Babies and toddlers 0-23 months allowed 1 bag up to 6kg.

The same hand baggage rules as an adult is applied to Children aged 2 years +.

Infant’s / children’s foldable pushchairs and car seats is considered as a free addition to your baggage allowance and being placed in the hold. Some foldable buggies are also allowed in the cabin.

Checked Baggage

Max Weight:

23kg (50lb)

Max dimensions:

upto 90 x 75 x 43cm
  • Only 1 piece of hand baggage / per person in Economy (Classic and Delight).
  • No check-in baggage is included in Economy Light class.
  • Up to 2 pieces of hand baggage / per person in Premium (23kg each) or Upper class (32kg each).

Special rules apply on flights from India, Nigeria and Johannesburg. Check the official website for more details.

Different baggage rules may apply if you fly with one of their partner airlines on flights to/from the USA.

Children’s and Infant’s baggage allowance

Same rules as for adults apply.


Airport check-in

  • Open 24 hours – 70 minutes before the scheduled flight
  • Check-in desk closes 60 minutes before departure

Online & Mobile check-in

  • Open 24 hours – 70 minutes before the scheduled flight
  • View, Change or Upgrade your seat
  • Add baggage and print/download your boarding pass to your phone.

Get the App on

Seat Selection

Seat selection is free during check-in in all classes. However, in Economy Light and Classic, there is a £30 fee for Standart seat (£35 on the upper deck) each way if you wish to reserve your seat in advance (more then 24 hours before your flight).


For Exit row seats in Economy Light and Classic, the fees range from £49 (reduced legroom) – £90(upper deck).


In other Classes, the seat selection if free any time.

See the full list of the seat selection fees.


The seat width in Economy class range from 17-17.4 inches (31” seat pitch (34” in Eco. Delight)), in Premium class 18-21 inches (38” seat pitch) and 20-22 inches in Upper Class (possible to recline to bed mode) – 6ft 7.5”



On board service

Inflight meals

Complimentary meals and drinks in all Classes

Inflight entertainment

In-seat touch screen with selection of TV and films

Onboard WiFi

Onboard WiFi available on all aircraft (except one Airbus A340-600 plane) from £2.99 (basic messaging) - £20.99 (unlimited data volume).

Power supply

USB charger available in all Classes on all aircraft, Power socket only in Premium and Upper Class. (in Airbus A330-200 power socket in upper class only)

Airline extras

The airline offers a premium ‘Check your bags in from home’ service from a company called AirPortr on flights from London Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester.

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