Virgin AirlinesIn the 1980’s, Richard Branson, a legendary record producer with clients such as the Rolling Stones and Janet Jackson, decided to start an airline as a subsidiary of his company, Virgin Records. The new British carrier was dubbed Virgin Atlantic Airways, was quickly ramped up over a period of three months, and by 1990 the airline had already flown over a million passengers.
By 1992, Branson sold off his Virgin Music business to fully concentrate on the airline, and plowed ahead in making improvements, such as being the first airline to grant business class passengers the use of their own portable televisions. The company continued to grow throughout the decade, which also saw the launch of the first economy airline service, a precursor to the plethora of discount carriers in existence today.
These days, Virgin Atlantic offers service to 25 different destinations on five continents, from places such as Shanghai, China, to others like Newark, New Jersey. As the airline only offers service to certain large cities around the world, one may end up having to transfer to a different carrier to continue on to the final destination; for example, when flying to Osaka, Japan, one could take a Virgin flight to Tokyo, and then transfer to a Nippon Airways flight to Osaka. Or, traveling to the British Virgin Islands would require flying on Virgin Airways to a nearby city like Montego Bay, Jamaica, and then transferring to another airline for the remainder of the trip.
Check Virgin Airways’ website for information about the company, such as flight times, employment, and cheap airfares for flight tickets, which can be bought online.
A sister company to Virgin Atlantic Airways, this one in Australia, is Virgin Blue Airlines. It was founded by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group in 2000, and is a low cost airline modeled after the original Virgin Atlantic.
Virgin Blue Airlines offers some of the cheapest fares in and around Australia. While it doesn’t fly to faraway places like London or France, Virgin Blue Airlines fares are very competitive on domestic flights in Australia, and to Fiji, New Zealand, and other Pacific Islands.