Six 2017 highlights from the Virgin Group

2017 has been a busy year for the Virgin Group and all of our companies have been up to many different things. Here are just a few of our highlights from the year…

Virgin Atlantic gave customers on its VS5 flight from London Heathrow to Miami on August 21st a once in a lifetime experience when they chased the solar eclipse. The plane met the path of the eclipse a couple of hundred miles north east of Miami, giving those on board a unrivalled, cloudless view of the natural phenomena. 

Virgin Trains East Coast has spent 2017 preparing for the arrival of its new fleet of Azuma trains, which are set to arrive next year. During this year, the trains have been put through numerous tests and have been spotted on live test runs on the rails. Take a look at the video below to see it in action alongside other iconic trains.

Virgin Media Business had a very busy year as they hit the road in their big red bus for the Voom Tour. They visited cities across the UK with advice for start-ups on everything from finance and funding to PR and marketing. Take a look at the map below to see where they went.

2017 was a big year for DS Virgin Racing as they finished the third season of the FIA Formula E Championship in fourth place in the team standings, with Sam Bird securing a double win at the races in New York City. And the team is off to a good start, with Sam currently in first position in the driver standings after the first two races of season four, which began at the end of the year. Take a look at the highlights from the first races of the new season in Hong Kong.

Virgin Australia took steps towards reducing its carbon emmissions this year when it announced an initiative to trial sustainable aviation fuel through Brisbane Airport’s fuel supply system, continuing its leading role in the use and production of sustainable aviation fuels in Australia. US-based renewable fuel and chemical producer Gevo Inc supply sustainable aviation fuel, or biojet, to the fuel supply infrastructure at Brisbane Airport. In a two-year trial, the biojet (which meets recognised international quality and safety standards) will be blended with traditional jet fuel and supplied on flights departing Brisbane.

And Virgin Hotels broke ground on its new hotel in Nashville, celebrating with country music royalty and live music from an upcoming Nashville star...


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