In the years prior to World War I, Sopwith became England’s premier aviator and established the first authoritative test pilot school in the world. He also founded England’s first major flight school. Between 1912 and 1920 Sopwith’s Company produced over 16,000 aircraft of 60 types. Craig Kreeger, CEO of Virgin Atlantic Airways explained the current activities planned by Virgin Atlantic Airways and discussed the future opportunities and challenges faced. Craig also reflected on his first six months as CEO of Britain’s second largest international airline and offered his perspective on the unique challenges facing UK aviation, as well as the importance of airlines like Virgin Atlantic to the country's economic recovery.  

About the speaker:

Craig Kreeger, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Atlantic Airways

Craig was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Atlantic Airways on 1 February 2013 which has a fleet of 40 long haul aircraft, flying six million passengers a year all over the world. He joins from American Airlines (AA), where he had a 27-year career spanning commercial, financial and strategic roles in the US and around the globe. Craig joined AA in 1985 as an analyst and was appointed Senior Vice President, Customer in 2012. He spent six years in London as Senior Vice President, International and was responsible for AA operations and sales throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific. He has worked on AA joint ventures with British Airways and Iberia across the Atlantic, as well as its partnership with Japan Airlines in the Pacific. Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California at San Diego, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.  

Royal Aeronautical Society
17 July 2013