A Boeing 747 operated by Virgin Atlantic Airways takes off at London Gatwick Airport in Crawley, United Kingdom, in January. (Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

A Boeing 747 operated by Virgin Atlantic Airways takes off at London Gatwick Airport in Crawley, United Kingdom, in January. (Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

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