Virgin Atlantic was founded in 1984 by Sir Richard Branson, 67, and is led by chief executive Craig Kreeger, 58. Last year, sales at the Crawley firm dropped 1% to £2.7bn, in part due to the weakening of the pound relative to the US dollar and a highly competitive market. Last July, it announced that Branson would sell a 31% stake in the business to Air France-KLM — in a deal set to complete in 2019 — which will leave him with 20%.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank16
CompanyVirgin Atlantic
ActivityAirline and tour operator
LocationCrawley
Sales £m2,664
Profit £m91
Year endDec 17
Principal shareholdersVirgin Group (51%), Delta Air Lines (49%)
Staff8,303
Founded1984
Websitewww.virgin-atlantic.com

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