Virgin Atlantic Airways is a British carrier, in 51 percent belonging to the Virgin Group, and in 49 percent to Singapore Airlines. The history of the creation of the airline dates back to 1982. An American lawyer, Randolph Fields, came up with the idea of opening an airline between the UK and the Falklands after the Falklands War. He named the airline British Atlantic Airways. It turned out, however, that the runway at Port Stanley airport is too short. Subsequent attempts – creating connections between London and New York and Newark – also did not bring the expected result. Randolph Fields finally sold the lines to the founder of the Virgin Group, taking the position of the chairman of Virgin Atlantic.
The first connection was made on June 22, 1984, between Gatwick and Newark, on a leased Boeing 747-200. In 1986, the airline began to fly to Miami, in 1988 to New York, in 1989 to Tokyo, in 1990 to Los Angeles.
In 2000, 49 percent of the carrier's shares were sold to Singapore Airlines.
In the Virgin Atlantic network there are connections to North America, the Caribbean, Australia and Asia. The carrier has eight codeshare agreements with other airlines.