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PPU: Our Purpose

The PPU is fast becoming the most significant movement to represent professional pilots for over seventy years. As an established union with a clear strategy to deliver what pilots across the UK deserve, we are a looking towards a bright, successful future as the most innovative, progressive, and truly representative pilots’ union anywhere.

Since our launch in 2013, we have evolved to become the representative union for the vast majority of pilots of Virgin Atlantic Airways, while interest from pilots belonging to other airlines continues to grow by the day.

To achieve greater protection of the rights and the working condition of pilots within Virgin Atlantic, we had to confront both BALPA and the airlines themselves.

With the majority of Virgin Atlantic pilots now being members of the PPU, we have the mandate to act, support and lobby for fairer working conditions and greater wellbeing for our members.


"Teamwork is the ability to work together towards a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment forward organisational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results!" 


We plan to expand our membership to pilots all over the UK, from every airline. The more depth we have within the industry, the stronger our negotiating position will be, empowering us to fulfill your needs more effectively, on a personal, local and national level.  

We put the health and wellbeing of our members at the forefront of everything we do. As pilots ourselves, we understand that this job can be both physically and emotionally demanding.

It is pilots who are responsible for the safety of passengers and the efficient functioning of airlines. For an airline to be serious about safety and efficiency, they must put pilots first too.

Our interests begin and end with our members. Persistence and patience are the keys to the PPU’s long-term success. With your commitment to these values, we will be able to make all airlines better places for pilots, and safer places for passengers.

For more information and to join the PPU, click here >

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