Bloomberg reports that Richard Branson said his Virgin Atlantic Airways will begin flights from continental Europe to the U.S. in the next couple of years. Currently, Virgin Atlantic flies to the U.S. from the U.K. only. With the open skies agreement in effect, the airline could soon fly trans-Atlantic routes from Paris, Frankfurt and other major European airports. “We’d be delighted to use Virgin America as a feeder,” said Branson. “We’re the same brand and talks will take place, I’m sure, quite soon.” With the new trans-Atlantic routes, Virgin Atlantic will directly compete with Air France-KLM Group, Lufthansa and American Airlines.