Etymology[ edit ] The word virgin comes via Old French virgine from the root form of Latin virgo , genitive virginis, meaning literally "maiden" or " virgin "  —a sexually intact young woman or "sexually inexperienced woman". As in Latin, the English word is also often used with wider reference, by relaxing the age, gender or sexual criteria. In the latter usage, virgin means uninitiated. The Latin word likely arose by analogy with a suit of lexemes based on vireo, meaning "to be green, fresh or flourishing", mostly with botanic reference—in particular, virga meaning "strip of wood".
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In , Virgin was given permission to operate from Heathrow following the abolition of the London Air Traffic Distribution Rules TDRs which had governed the distribution of traffic between Heathrow and Gatwick airports since , primarily to bolster the profitability of Gatwick. Airlines without an international scheduled service from Heathrow prior to 1 April were obliged to operate from Gatwick. However, airlines that did not already operate at Heathrow were still able to begin domestic scheduled services there provided BAA, which ran both Heathrow and Gatwick on behalf of the UK government, and the Secretary of State for Transport granted permission. The Civil Aviation Authority also transferred two pairs of unused landing slots that British Airways held at Tokyo's Narita Airport to Virgin to let it increase its frequency between Heathrow and Tokyo from four to six weekly round trips, making it easier for Virgin to compete against British Airways. The then-chairman of BA Lord King called the CAA's decision, which the government had endorsed, "a confiscation of his company's property".
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