Virgin Atlantic Airways came into being, when Richard Branson, who was earlier, involved in music records business and had a company by the name 'Virgin Records', decided to enter airlines business. Virgin Atlantic’s forerunner, British Atlantic Airways, operated flights from the UK to the Falkland Islands, starting in 1982. Branson bought British Atlantic Airways and the new airlines - Virgin Atlantic Airways - began its operations on June 22, 1984. The airline's inaugural flight was between London and Newark Liberty.
Virgin Atlantic Airways is a British private airline, operated by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. The Group holds 51% share of the airline, while 49% share is held by Singapore Airlines. Headquartered in Crawley, West Sussex, England, Virgin Atlantic Airways operates from its main hubs at London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport. Apart from its main hubs, it also has a small base at Manchester Airport.
Their fleet consists of Boeing 747-400, Airbus A340-600, Airbus A340-300, A330-300 and Boeing 787-9. Sir Richard Branson announced in March 2016 that The Spaceship Company would partner with Boom Technology to develop supersonic jets capable of travelling between London and New York in three and a half hours. He confirmed that Virgin Atlantic had options on 10 of the aircraft.
Virgin Atlantic Airways operates scheduled flights to a number of destinations in Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. In Asia, the airline flies to People's Republic of China, India(to Delhi), Japan and Dubai. In Europe, the airline operates scheduled flights to its home country - United Kingdom (to London, Glasgow and Manchester). The airline also flies to Caribbean and United States of America. In Oceania, it flies to Australia.