Shai Weiss, CEO Virgin Atlantic Airways – Keynote interview “seeing the word differently: people, purpose, planet.”
Shai Weiss, CEO Virgin Atlantic Airways joined Henry Harteveldt for an interview at World Aviation Festival 2023. In this 30-minute interview, Shai discussed the factors behind joining the SkyTeam Alliance, the United Kingdom (UK) economy, Heathrow, new aircrafts, sustainability, leadership, inclusivity, and more.
Shai positioned Virgin Atlantic Airways as a leader, right at the forefront of change. One area this was explored in depth in the interview was with regards to inclusivity. Unafraid to depart from convention, Shai discussed the changes the airline has introduced relating to gender and presentation. The airline allows employees to choose not to wear makeup if they prefer, celebrates men wearing makeup if they choose, and encourages employees to pick their uniform based on the gender they identify with.
In what can be a very traditional industry, the airline is pioneering a shift towards diversity, inclusivity, and innovation.
Strong, bold, and exciting Shai speaks candidly about a range of industry related problems.