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  • This year, Virgin Atlantic celebrates its 30th anniversary--a notable milestone for any airline to achieve these days. Here, we take a look back to when it all began: a celebratory shot of Sir Richard Branson outside of his plane in 1984.
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  • Sir Richard Branson and friends inside the cabin on the very first flight. Passengers on the inaugural trip included many musicians. Madonna's "Like a Virgin" played on board the first flight, as well as music from Virgin Records' artists like Phil Collins and Culture Club.
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  • The first ever crew onboard the Boeing 747 Maiden Voyager from London Gatwick to Newark.
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  • Deboarding the plane after Virgin Atlantic's first transatlantic voyage.
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  • Richard Branson entertaining the first customers to fly Virgin Atlantic. The airline will fly its first 787-9 Dreamliner, The Birthday Girl, from London to Boston this October. The launch will be followed by a roll out of the rest of the new 787 fleet throughout the year.
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  • Sir Richard Branson pops Champagne outside of the inaugural Virgin Atlantic aircraft.
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  • The very first cabin crew uniform was designed by Arabella Pollen. Over the years, cabin crew have worn four different uniforms. This year will see the 5th designed by Vivienne Westwood.
  • Sir Richard Branson pops open a bottle of bubbly to celebrate Virgin Atlantic's inaugural flight on the Maiden Voyager, June 22, 1984, to an audience of friends, celebrities and members of the media.
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  • Sir Richard Branson seated with his wife, Joan Branson, and daughter Holly inside the cabin of the Maiden Voyager.
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