Cost-cutting and its transatlantic tie-up with Delta Air Lines helped Virgin Atlantic return to the black last year, making profits of £14.5m before tax and exceptional items, on sales of £2.9bn. Founded by Sir Richard Branson, 64, and led by chief executive Craig Kreeger, 55, it flew more than 6m passengers in 2014. In October, the airline took delivery of the first of its fuel-efficient Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, flying between London and Boston. Seven more are to follow in 2015 as part of its fleet regeneration programme.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank12
CompanyVirgin Atlantic
ActivityAirline and tour operator
LocationCrawley
Sales £m2,928
Profit £m68
Year endDec 14
Principal shareholdersVirgin Group (51%), Delta Air Lines (49%)
Staff9,231
Founded1984
Websitewww.virginatlantic.com

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