N.V. Virgin Express S.A. was an airline created within the Virgin Group. It operated flights mainly to southern Europe from its hub at Brussels Airport. The airline has merged with SN Brussels Airlines to form Brussels Airlines which started operations in 2007.
Virgin Express started in 1996, when the Virgin Group (with chairman Richard Branson) bought the Belgian leisure airline EBA (EuroBelgian Airlines) and rebranded it into Virgin Express. The airline soon concentrated on low-budget scheduled flights out of its Brussels hub, and became a major competitor for Sabena and later SN Brussels Airlines. In 2004, the Virgin Group sold its assets to SN Brussels Airlines, and both airlines were integrated. In 2006, SN Brussels Airlines and Virgin Express announced their fusion into a single company, named Brussels Airlines.