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%). Its headquarters is in Crawley, West Sussex, England, near Gatwick Airport.
Virgin Atlantic uses a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing widebodied jets and operates between the United Kingdom and North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia from its bases at Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
In 2011, Virgin Atlantic carried 5.3 million passengers, making it the eighth largest UK airline based on passenger numbers. In the year to February 2010, the airline made an annual operating loss of £132 million on a turnover of £2,357 million.