Pilot Profiles: Chris Harrison | Ruby: a blog by Virgin Atlantic
What was it that initially triggered your interest in flying and aviation? Coming from a non-aviation background as a youngster and going on family holidays, I have always wanted to fly. My first long haul flight to Florida was with Virgin Atlantic. There was something magical about the whole idea of flying. Once you decided to follow a career in aviation, what initial steps did you take to turn this ambition into reality? How would you advise somebody who aspires to do the same? I joined the Air Training Corps at 13, completed my Duke of Edinburgh award, flew at various RAF stations with the cadets for free and did numerous sailing qualifications.
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The airline was established in as British Atlantic Airways , and was originally planned by its co-founders Randolph Fields and Alan Hellary to fly between London and the Falkland Islands. Soon after changing the name to Virgin Atlantic Airways, Fields sold his shares in the company after disagreements with Sir Richard Branson over the management of the company. It is administratively separate from other Virgin-branded airlines.