Henry Smith MP welcomes Crawley-based Virgin Atlantic to Westminster

Members of Parliament as well as the Minister for Aviation, Lord Ahmad attended the event

Henry Smith MP and Lord Ahmad

Henry Smith MP has hosted Virgin Atlantic at an event in Parliament (Tuesday, 21st February) marking their investment in new aircraft and apprenticeship programmes.

Members of Parliament as well as the Minister for Aviation, Lord Ahmad, Virgin Atlantic cadet pilots and cabin crew, and apprentices from both Airbus and Rolls-Royce attended the event.

Henry Smith said of the event “I was pleased to welcome Crawley-based Virgin Atlantic to the House of Commons to celebrate their investment in the Airbus A350-1000, and to learn more about their commitment to a greener fleet.”

“Virgin Atlantic are a global company based on our doorstep – I want to see more and more of Crawley’s young people making the most of the jobs and opportunities that such great British firms have to offer.”

The new aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce engines, will be part of Virgin Atlantic’s investment in a cleaner and quieter fleet.

Designed to be 30 per cent more fuel and carbon efficient than the aircraft it replaces, it’s expected to reduce the airline’s noise footprint at its airports by more than half.

Nathan Stower, Vice President of External Affairs and Sustainability at Virgin Atlantic, also commented  “As a Crawley-based business it was great to have the support of Henry Smith MP for this event, where we were able to highlight how this investment will benefit our customers, the environment, and UK plc.”


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