March 24, 2010 |
"Fly Girls," premiering Wednesday on the CW, is a reality series that follows five female flight attendants for Virgin America. Let me apologize in advance for the metaphor now arriving at Gate 8: It never gets off the ground. Notwithstanding a few apparently real tears and a bleeped expletive spoken in possibly real anger, the show is made of clearly concocted crises nearly from takeoff to landing, with little to offer beyond a long, though not penetrating, look at its attractive leads.
January 10, 2010 |
Could there be a better advertisement for a brash, young company than to have a network TV series built around it, starring five of its gorgeous female employees and their impossibly glamorous lives? Probably not. The trick for "Fly Girls," then, will be to steer clear of infomercial territory, even though Virgin America serves as the backdrop of the reality show and its de facto sixth cast member. The hip, Richard Branson-backed airline looms large in the upcoming CW series, but the real focus is the massive amounts of melodrama surrounding the single, 20-something flight attendants who live together in a Los Angeles "crash pad" while partying, dating and jet-setting across the country.
December 8, 2009 |
On a wind-tossed desert night, the dream of space pioneers Richard Branson and Burt Rutan to bring space flight to everyone -- at least everyone who can afford it -- drew closer to reality when the pair unveiled the world's first commercial passenger spacecraft. To the strings of an ethereal soundtrack, as dreamlike purple lights played across the runway, the VSS Enterprise rolled into view at the Mojave Air and Space Port, about 95 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Despite the bracing wind-chill factor, hundreds of people who had flown in from around the world to view the craft burst into cheers and applause.
February 28, 2009 |
A new airline started by flamboyant British billionaire Richard Branson inaugurated service between Los Angeles and Australia on Friday, the latest volley in a transpacific fare war that has already cut the price of a round-trip ticket by half.
July 29, 2008 |
A souped-up aircraft that would help boost well-heeled thrill seekers into the outer atmosphere was unveiled Monday, lifting the prospects for travelers to one day fly in a commercial spaceliner. After keeping the project shrouded in secrecy for more than three years, project developers dropped the curtain on the White Knight Two, an odd-looking aircraft with two airplane bodies joined at the wings and resembling a flying catamaran.
February 23, 2008 |
Virgin Galactic, billionaire Richard Branson's space travel venture, plans to order five more spaceships and aims to turn a profit within five years of its commercial launch in 2010, a company official said this week. Prospective space travelers have so far placed deposits totaling more than $31 million for tickets that cost $200,000 each and would give them five minutes in space, said Alex Tai, the company's group director.
January 8, 2008 |
Virgin Atlantic Airways cabin crew called off strike actions over pay after the Unite union reached agreement with the British carrier controlled by billionaire Richard Branson. Two 48-hour strikes, planned for Wednesday and Jan. 16, have been canceled after a two-year pay deal was agreed upon, Virgin said. The deal includes a 4.8% pay increase in the first year and guarantees to keep pay in line with the retail price index in the second year, the airline said.
October 15, 2007 |
boston -- British billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin USA investment firm recently acquired a majority ownership stake in a Waltham, Mass.-based venture called CircleLending that helps manage loans between family and friends and tries to avoid misunderstandings and repayment disputes. CircleLending and Branson plan to announce today in Boston that the venture is being rebranded Virgin Money USA.
August 9, 2007 |
For a moment Wednesday, the shiny new planes seemed like a throwback to an era when flying was glamorous, service was a priority and airline food didn't cost extra. Champagne was flowing. Every seat had a tiny TV monitor of its own. Celebrities strutted through the cabin, which was lighted in cool blue and pink. It looked like an airborne discotheque. Virgin America took off in raucous style Wednesday.
March 6, 2007 |
Random House Inc., the book publisher owned by Bertelsmann, agreed to buy a 90% stake in Virgin Books and signed Richard Branson to a five-book deal. Branson will retain a 10% stake in the London-based company through his Virgin Group Ltd., the companies said. His previous titles include an autobiography and a business book.