2011

Virgin Blue, V Australia, Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue rebrand to become Virgin Australia

Richard Branson dives in to the River Thames as Virgin Active sponsors the London Triathlon and takes over the Esporta chain in the UK.

Virgin Wines pop their cork across Australia.

Virgin Mobile US launches its 24/7 music streaming service – Virgin Mobile Live

Virgin Radio International launches an Edmonton station.

The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship opens in Jamaica. 

Oceanic

Virgin launches Virgin Oceanic, a deep sea exploration submarine. 

Virgin Galactic dedicates and names its new home, the Galactic Gateway to Space at Spaceport America, the world's first purpose built commercial spaceport. Richard and his kids abseil down the side of the building, naturally.

 

Virgin Books publishes Richard Branson’s fifth book ‘Screw Business As Usual’.

Virgin Media introduces TiVo to the UK TV watching public and begins roll out of its 100Mb broadband service.

Fire breaks out on Necker Island and the main house is burnt down. Guest Kate Winslet helps saves Richard’s mother from the fire.

Virgin Media introduces TiVo to the UK TV watching public and begins roll out of its 100Mb broadband service.

Fire breaks out on Necker Island and the main house is burnt down. Guest Kate Winslet helps saves Richard’s mother from the fire.

Holly Wedding

Richard’s daughter Holly marries fiancé Freddie Andrews on Necker Island where the main house once stood. The ceremony also marks the beginning of the rebuild project.

Virgin Atlantic announces the development of a world-first low carbon aviation fuel with just half the carbon footprint of the standard fossil fuel alternative.

Virgin Galactic signs a deal with NASA to undertake research missions on SpaceShipTwo and selects former USAF test pilot Keith Colmer as the first astronaut pilot to join the flight team.

Virgin Hotels announces that its property venture has purchased the Old Dearborn Bank Building in downtown Chicago in an all-cash transaction.

International airlines V Australia and Pacific Blue are relaunched under the Virgin Australia brand.

Virgin Money UK agrees to buy Northern Rock from Her Majesty’s Treasury.

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