Virgin Atlantic Airways Selects ILS to Auction Surplus Inventory for the Second Year in a Row

Inventory Locator Service®, LLC (ILS), the largest and most active e-marketplace for the aviation industry, today announced that it is hosting an online auction of surplus parts for Virgin Atlantic Airways. This is the second auction ILS has hosted for the airline. The auction will begin Tuesday, March 20, at 11:30 a.m. CDST (17:30 GMT), and run for 24 hours.

In an effort to reduce excess inventory, Virgin Atlantic Airways is using ILS to host the online auction, which will consist of one lot containing 3,973 pieces of expendables for A320, A340, B747-200, and B747-400 aircraft. Most of the parts are in New or New Surplus condition, and have full traceability. ILS’ customized online auction solution enables companies to take advantage of ILS’ expertise without the investment in technology.

“ILS was the logical choice to host Virgin Atlantic’s online auction,” said Stewart Williams-Wynn of Virgin Atlantic Airways. “Because of our past success in using ILS’ online auction, we are confident that ILS will provide us with the same exceptional service.”

“ILS is committed to providing our customers with the best products in the industry. The online auction is just one of the many surplus management solutions ILS has designed to help our customers manage inventory and increase profitability,” said Bruce Langsen, president of ILS. “Buyers are able to purchase parts at tremendous cost savings, and Virgin is able to sell surplus inventory that would normally go to waste. It is a good arrangement for everyone involved.”

About Virgin Atlantic Airways

Since it was founded in 1984, Virgin Atlantic Airways has become Britain’s second-largest carrier serving the world’s major cities. Now based at both London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports, it operates long-haul services to twenty-seven destinations worldwide as far apart as Las Vegas and Shanghai.

Virgin Atlantic has enjoyed huge popularity, winning top business, consumer and trade awards from around the world. The airline has pioneered a range of innovations setting new standards of service, which its competitors have subsequently sought to follow. Despite Virgin Atlantic’s growth the service still remains customer-driven with an emphasis on value for money, quality, fun and innovation. Virgin Atlantic has carried more than 50m passengers since it began operations and now employs almost 9,000 people worldwide.

For additional information about Virgin Atlantic Airways, visit or call 203-750-2570.

About ILS

For more than 25 years, Inventory Locator Service®, LLC, a business unit of Aviall, Inc., has provided information via its global electronic marketplace to enable subscribers in the aviation, marine and defense industries to buy and sell parts, equipment and services. Started in 1979, ILS is the first, largest, and most active business-to-business electronic marketplace serving the aviation and marine industries.

ILS subscribers include more than 300 air carriers, 90 government procurement sites, and over 700 repair facilities as well as ship owners, ship operators, ship managers, manufacturers, distributors, and resellers from around the world. Aviation and marine suppliers list over 5 billion parts on ILS databases, which are accessed over 50,000 times each business day. Today, ILS’s services are used by over 20,000 subscribers in 93 countries to buy and sell aircraft and marine parts and equipment.

Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., ILS has offices in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. For additional information about ILS, visit or call 1-901-794-5000.