Virgin Express airline takes off, operating services from the UK to Brussels and on to European cities.

V2 Music is created, comprising the UK label, V2 Records and V2 Music Publishing. The Stereophonics and the Kings of Infinite Space are the first two bands signed to the label.

Virgin.net launches as an Internet service provider.

Virgin Trains is launched as the Virgin Rail Group is awarded the CrossCountry rail franchise, which operates InterCity/Express services across mainland Britain.

Richard Branson Launches Virgin Megastore in Times Square

The iconic Virgin Megastores in Times Square opens its doors for the first time.
 

The first V Festival is held in the UK across two different locations in one weekend. It was Jarvis Cocker’s idea apparently.
 

Virgin Atlantic makes its inaugural flights from Heathrow to Washington DC and Johannesburg.

The Virgin Voucher is launched.

Richard Branson shaves off his beard for the launch of Virgin Brides

Virgin Bridges opens its doors... and Richard shaves his beard off, but his wife doesn't like it so he grows it back.