Virgin has been synonymous with hot air ballooning since entrepreneur and adventurer Sir Richard Branson became the first to fly a balloon across the Atlantic in 1987.
That year Virgin Airship & Balloon Company was formed to harness the power of balloon advertising for Virgin and other major brands. In 1991 Sir Richard smashed all records again by crossing the Pacific at speeds of up to 245mph.
In 1994 Virgin Balloon Flights Ltd was launched to make the romance and adventure of balloon rides more accessible to the people in the UK. In 2002 Virgin handed the torch to its highly-experienced chief pilot at the time Kenneth Karlstrom to take the brand forward with his own company.
Since then we have grown from flying around 10,000 people a year to over 30,000 making us the largest balloon rides business in the world.
We’re pretty sure you’ll have spotted us in the sky but if not this is what our balloons look like.
As well as caring about our airborne adventurers we also care about making our environment a better place for all. We help to do this by keeping our offices as green as we can and also by getting involved in initiatives such as Worn Again whereby our balloons that have reached the end of their flying life are re-invented and turned into something wonderful.
This blog is where we can tell you what is happening in the world of Virgin Balloon Flights.