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Virgin Atlantic Awards Top Irish Agents

Virgin Atlantic Awards Top Irish Agents

The importance of the Irish market was reinforced by the presence of Virgin Atlantic Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, Julie Southern, at the airline’s annual Irish Agents Awards Dinner, held at the Morgan Hotel in Dublin last week.

The ever-popular Terry Smith, fresh from his winning performance at the F-Factor event in London, was in fine fettle at the event.

Julie Southern told the agents that Virgin had introduced its new Airbus A330 on the London Gatwick and Manchester to Florida routes and that passenger reaction was very positive. The A330 has the latest seats and the latest IFE system, together with new menus.

She also said that the carrier plans to spend £56 million upgrading its current Gatwick fleet of B747s to the same standard as the new A330.

The carrier is also planning new routes to Mexico.

The winning agents were as follows:

American Holidays

Atlas Travel / AMEX

BCD Travel

Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Cassidy Travel

Club Travel

Ebookers

ETravel

FCm Travel Solutions

Sunway

Tour America

Trailfinders

Travel Counsellors

Travel Focus

TravelPaths

USIT

World Travel Centre

Virgin Awards 8015

Virgin Awards 8021

Virgin Awards 8029Rhona McCann, FCm Travel Solutions; John Cassidy, Cassidy Travel; Julie Southern and Janice Scott, Virgin Atlantic Airways; and Dave Hyamms, Trailfinders.

Virgin Awards 8009Martin Hannigan, American Holidays; Rhona McCann, FCm Travel Solutions; and Tara Flanagan, Sunway.

Virgin Awards 8010Noel McAuliffe, Travel Focus,and Bernie Whelan, Travel Counsellors.

Virgin Awards 8027

The Four Amigos: Noel McAuliffe, Travel Focus; Andrew Huntly, Virgin Atlantic Airways; Dave Hennessy, Tropical Sky; and Terry Smith, Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Virgin Awards 8023

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

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