The airline was established in as British Atlantic Airways , and was originally planned by its co-founders Randolph Fields and Alan Hellary to fly between London and the Falkland Islands. Soon after changing the name to Virgin Atlantic Airways, Fields sold his shares in the company after disagreements with Sir Richard Branson over the management of the company. It is administratively separate from other Virgin-branded airlines. Virgin Atlantic uses a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft and operates to destinations in North America, the Caribbean , Africa, the Middle East and Asia from its main base at Heathrow , and its secondary base at Manchester. The airline also operates seasonal flights from Glasgow and Belfast. Virgin Atlantic aircraft consist of three cabins: Economy, Premium formerly Premium economy  and Upper Class business.
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Which was why we decided to get into the airline business and try to change things. Sir Richard Branson , as he later became, has started many businesses. They range from Virgin Records, which dramatically cut the cost of owning vinyl, to Virgin Orbit, intended dramatically to cut the cost of launching satellites.