Virgin Lightships Inc, a subsidiary of the Virgin Group of Companies, was formed in 1989 as an airship operator, purchasing the first of four A-60 Lightships in 1990. They were purchased in 2002 by the America Blimp Corporation. It is now owned by the Van Wagner Airship Group. The blimps are flown for advertising. One of their blimps is the Met-Life Snoopy.