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How To Travel On Virgin Atlantic Airlines With Your Bike

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Traveling on Virgin Airlines with your bike, To take a sports item on top of your checked in baggage allowance, you might need to pay for an extra bag. 

If you’re taking it as your checked in baggage, but it weighs more than 23kg (but less than 32kg) there’ll be an overweight baggage charge.

Economy Light tickets don’t include a checked bag, so be mindful of that when you book. 

You can find out how much it will cost to bring your additional or overweight baggage here

If your sports equipment meets all the requirements set out below, just head to the airport. You don’t need to contact us to give us any warning. If it’s bigger than that or it weighs more than 32kg, you won’t be able to check it in as baggage – but our friends at Virgin Atlantic Cargo may be able to help you out.

Baggage Allowance Virgin Atlantic Airlines

If you’re planning a cycling trip and only your own ride will do, you’ll be glad to know you can bring your bicycle with you, as part of your baggage allowance – as long as it doesn’t weigh more than 23kg. Your board musn’t exceed our standard dimensions of 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75″ x 30″ x 26″) and 23kg in weight.

This applies to non-motorised bicycles (including tandems), which should be transported in a protective bike box or bag – which you will need to provide yourself.

You should also take the following measures to protect your trusty steed:

  • Partially deflate the tyres to reduce the risk of damage. 
  • Turn the handlebars so they’re in line with the frame. 
  • Remove any attachments, including pedals. 
  • Ensure the gearing is especially well protected. 
  • Protect the frame with bubble wrap.

As with all your luggage, we’ll treat your bicycle with lots of care, but note that we can’t consider compensation claims for cosmetic damage such as paint chips. We recommend you specifically insure your bicycle for extra peace of mind.

Number of bags being checked inEconomy LightEconomy Classic & DelightPremiumUpper Class*OverweightOversized*
Bag 145 GBP / 60 USDIncludedIncludedIncluded65 GBP / 100 USD200 GBP / 300 USD 
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When Did Virgin Atlantic Airlines Start

Its started life in 1984 but the name was originally British Atlantic Airlines. The first flight that was planned by the co-founders Richard Branson, Randolph Fields and Alan Hellary was planned to fly between London and the Falkland Islands. Things changed, the name was changed to Virgin Atlantic Airways and Fields had disagreements with Branson.

This resulted in Fields selling his shares to Branson and parting their ways. The maiden flight from Gatwick Airport to Newark International Airport took place on 22 June 1984. The cost of the flight from the UK to the USA was around £300, initially Branson was actually selling his airline tickets out of his Virgin music stores. The first flight was a leased secondhand Boeing 747.

How Much Does a Flight From the UK To The USA Cost Today

Amazingly today you can still get a flight with Virgin Atlantic for round the same £300.

Richard Branson is a very keen cyclists himself, however, it doesn’t always end well. November 2021 he suffered a colossal crash while cycling on the British Virgin islands.

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