Sir Richard Branson
Having started Virgin as a mail order record retailer in 1970, Richard founded Virgin Records. After the first Virgin artist, Mike Oldfield, released ‘Tubular Bells’, Virgin Records went on to sign household names from the Sex Pistols to The Rolling Stones. There are now more than 40 Virgin companies worldwide in over 35 countries.
Richard has challenged himself with many record breaking adventures, including the fastest ever Atlantic Ocean crossing, a series of oceanic balloon journeys and kitesurfing across the Channel. He has described Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, as being “the greatest adventure of all”. Richard has nearly 40 million followers on social media and blogs regularly on issues ranging from entrepreneurship to the environment and adventure to purpose.
Virgin Atlantic first took to the skies in 1984, instantly shaking things up and attracting plenty of attention. Richard Branson’s enthusiasm and cheeky personality reflected the airline’s promise: we don’t do ordinary.
Since then Virgin Atlantic have become the UK’s second largest carrier, helping customers to fly and connect all around the world, with non-stop transatlantic routes including New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Delhi and Johannesburg. Plus, thanks to the joint venture with Delta, Air France and KLM, over 350 cities across North America, Europe and the UK have now become accessible.
Today Virgin Atlantic’s purpose is to embrace the human spirit and let it fly. This stems from our deeply rooted values – optimistic, inclusive and adventurous. Abiding by these daily ensures we remain a ‘Business for Good’, helping to develop as innovators and providing customers with unique experiences.
Turning an ordinary like into an extraordinary love is one mission, with the other being ‘Change is in the Air’ – a new sustainability programme, which sees Virgin Atlantic working with a number of charity partners and encouraging customers to offset their carbon.
So step on-board, receive a warm, personalised experience and connect with the world around you.