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WALLPAPER names VIRGIN ATLANTIC as having worlds fastest airport CHECK-IN


Virgin Atlantic, one of the world’s leading long-haul airlines, was awarded with the ‘Fastest Airport Check In’ accolade at the exclusive Wallpaper
Awards last night.

This accolade follows the opening of Virgin Atlantic’s new Upper Class Wing at London Heathrow in November 2007, which enables business class passengers to whizz from their limos, through a dedicated security channel and into the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in a matter of minutes.

Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic said:

“We are thrilled that our brand new Upper Class Wing at Heathrow has been named as the world’s fastest airport check in by Wallpaper. Since the Upper Class Wing opened in November, our Upper Class passengers have been bowled over by how quickly they can get through to our Clubhouse from arriving at the airport – so far we believe the record to be about 3 minutes!

“This achievement is a tribute to our inhouse design team and Foster+Partners who are responsible for the design and build of the new airport check in.”

Sara Henrichs, Travel Editor of Wallpaper, said:

“Virgin Atlantic has unveiled the fastest and most enjoyable check in we’ve experienced. Virgin Atlantic is definitely putting in the groundwork for returning to the days when flying was glamorous!”

For further information please contact the Virgin Atlantic Press Office on 01293 747373 or visit


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