1980s

1981

We get in to gaming... Virgin Games

Virgin Games is launched (later to become Virgin Interactive), releasing video games for classic systems such as the Amiga, the ZX Spectrum, the Amstrad CPC and the C64.

1982

Richard Branson courts the pink pound and buys Heaven in London – the superclub that brought gay clubbing in to the mainstream.

1984

Virgin takes to the air for the first time...

1985

Virgin Holidays arrives. Not content with just getting people there in style, we want to keep them there in style. For around two weeks or so, anyway.

1986

Miami anyone?

Virgin Atlantic buys another Boeing 747 to launches its second route from Gatwick to Miami.

1987

The Virgin Airship and Balloon Company (later to become Virgin Balloon Flights) takes off. It becomes quite hard to keep Richard’s feet on the ground… 

1988

Virgin Megastores opens new stores in Glasgow and Paris. 


Virgin Hotels (later to become Virgin Limited Edition) launches an exclusive hotel range with the purchase of properties in Edinburgh, North Yorkshire and Hampshire.

Virgin Atlantic flies from Gatwick to New York JFK for the first time

1989

Tokyo-bound

Virgin Atlantic launches its route to Tokyo.

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