Branson will be the first billionaire to fly to space on a spacecraft that he funded, instead of Bezos.
Virgin Galactic had long planned to fly customers. However, its development program was stalled by several mishaps. One of these was a 2014 test flight accident that claimed the life of a copilot.
Branson, however, has stated repeatedly in interviews that he isn't interested in "racing to space."
During a recent interview, he said that "people have turned it into race." It would be extremely dangerous to call it a race. Once we have checked all boxes, we will go up. Then we will invite some people who signed up to go along with us. But we don't really see it as a race.