Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited (operating as Virgin Atlantic) is a British airline owned by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group (51%) and Singapore Airlines (49%).
It is headquartered in Crawley, West Sussex, England, near London Gatwick Airport.
It operates between the United Kingdom and North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia from main bases at Gatwick and London Heathrow Airport, using a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft.
The company holds a CAA Type A Operating Licence to carry passengers, cargo, and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.
In 2009 Virgin Atlantic carried 5.42 million passengers, and in the year to February 2010 made an annual operating loss of £132 million on turnover of £2,357 million.