British entrepreneur Richard Branson, founder and president of Virgin Atlantic Airways , said on Tuesday he believes it is unlikely that all big U.S. airlines will survive for the next 12 to 18 months.

Branson also told Reuters in an interview that Virgin Atlantic is interested in launching flights between Australia and Tokyo's Haneda Airport, which is currently undergoing a major expansion, in the next 12 to 18 months.

(Reporting by Mariko Katsumura)