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February 11, 2014 | Hugo Martín
Virgin America, the California-based airline backed by billionaire Sir Richard Branson, is planning to go public this year now that the air carrier has two consecutive profitable quarters behind it. Investment banks Barclays and Deutsche Bank have been picked to co-lead the initial public offering, which could take place as soon as the second half of this year, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly....
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April 7, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
California-based Virgin America ranked highest among the nation's top 15 carriers in a study that looked at on-time performances, customer complaints and lost bag rates, among other factors. The study, known as the Airline Quality Rating report, also found that the performance of the nation's airlines as a whole improved in 2013 over the previous year. The ratings report was produced by researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University and was based on data collected by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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BUSINESS
July 16, 2012 | By Shan Li
Virgin America's pilots and flight attendants are going to look a lot more stylish in midair. The airline partnered with Banana Republic to design new uniforms for its 2,000 in-flight and airport crew members that will debut Aug. 8. The uniforms -- which look like pieces that might be worn by a chic world traveler with a penchant for the colors red, black and white -- include apparel for both men and women. Both Banana Republic and Virgin Atlantic will sell clothing items inspired by the new uniforms starting Aug. (for security reasons, the pieces available for sale won't be exact replicas)
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April 7, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
California-based Virgin America ranked highest among the nation's top 15 carriers in a study that looked at on-time performance, customer complaints and lost bag rates, among other factors. The study, known as the Airline Quality Rating report, also found that airline performance improved in 2013 over the previous year. The ratings report was produced by researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University and was based on data collected by the U.S.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
For the first time since California-based Virgin America was launched, the airline backed by billionaire Richard Branson has reported an entire profitable year. For 2013, Virgin America's net income was $10.1 million, compared with a loss of $145.4 million in 2012, the airline reported Wednesday. The news comes about a month after sources reported that the airline plans to go public later this year. Virgin America Chief Executive David Cush has previously said he was waiting for the carrier to show a profit for several quarters before initiating a public listing.
NEWS
January 17, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Virgin America announced Tuesday that it would begin flying three daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Philadelphia in April -- bringing more options to fly on the airline deemed best in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure readers.  Flights between Los Angeles and Philadelphia international airports begin April 4. Tickets are on sale now and cost $129 each way, excluding tax and fees. To get that fare, reservations must be made by 9:59 p.m. PST Friday for travel between April 4 and June 15, with some blackout dates.
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January 31, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Groupon Getaways has a deal for travelers in Los Angeles and San Francisco who are bound for Chicago: $39 will get you $100 toward round-trip airfare and free in-flight Wi-Fi on Virgin America . The deal is good only for travel to and from the Windy City by the end of March. Here's how it works: Once you pay $39 via the Groupon sale page, you apply $100 to a single round-trip airfare from L.A. or San Francisco to Chicago -- a savings of $61. The ticket must be purchased from Virgin America at least three days prior to travel by 9:59 p.m. PST Feb. 29; travel must be completed by March 31. Take a minute to read the terms and conditions of the deal on Groupon before you make a purchase.
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February 27, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
With major airlines raising prices three times since the beginning of the year, shopping for bargain air fares will be more critical than ever. Flash sales feature limited dates but they do offer good savings for a quick getaway or weeklong vacation. Here are two sales that end tonight (Monday) from Virgin America and Spirit Airlines. Virgin America: Cheapest fares for this sale are for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from Thursday to March 14. During that period, one-way prices from Los Angeles start at $69 to San Francisco, $89 to Seattle, $109 to Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago, $119 to New York City andWashington, D.C. Sale prices are higher but still discounted for travel March 15 through June 7. Read the fine print for restrictions by destination.
NEWS
May 30, 2011 | By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
For the third year in a row, Virgin America has been named the greenest airline operating commercial flights in the U.S. by Greenopia , a Santa Barbara-based research and eco-consumer advocacy group. Continental Airlines was named the greenest of the major carriers. Delta Air Lines got a nod for showing the most improvement in sustainability in the last year. To measure the overall "greenness" for its recently released ratings, Greenopia looked at factors such as how transparent the company is about its energy consumption; how easy it is for passengers to purchase carbon offsets; how much recycling is done on flights; and how much the company spends to research alternative fuels.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
California-based Virgin America ranked highest among the nation's top 15 carriers in a study that looked at on-time performances, customer complaints and lost bag rates, among other factors. The study, known as the Airline Quality Rating report, also found that the performance of the nation's airlines as a whole improved in 2013 over the previous year. The ratings report was produced by researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University and was based on data collected by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
For the first time since California-based Virgin America was launched, the airline backed by billionaire Richard Branson has reported an entire profitable year. For 2013, Virgin America's net income was $10.1 million, compared with a loss of $145.4 million in 2012, the airline reported Wednesday. The news comes about a month after sources reported that the airline plans to go public later this year. Virgin America Chief Executive David Cush has previously said he was waiting for the carrier to show a profit for several quarters before initiating a public listing.
NEWS
February 24, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Humphry Slocombe has created three funky new ice cream flavors for Virgin America fliers, but only one will make the cut for first-class service. Passengers and fans have until Friday to tweet their favorite -- #ButterByMoodlight (buttery with a blueberry glaze), #RedHotBanana (real Red Hot candies mashed into it) or #CoconutBlondAmbition (vanilla marshmallow fluff meets lemon sorbet). (If you don't recognize this hipster ice cream maker, it's the one that uses Bourbon and cornflakes in its Secret Breakfast flavor.)
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
Round-trip fares to Chicago from LAX drop to $218, including all taxes and fees, on American, United and Virgin America in this week's airfare deal, which is good through April 30. The fare is, as always, subject to availability for travel; the best availability is Mondays-Thursdays. Tickets must be purchased at least 14 days in advance. A minimum stay is not required. Info: American , (800) 433-7300; United , (800) 864-8331; Virgin America , (877) 359-8474. Source: Airfarewatchdog
BUSINESS
February 11, 2014 | Hugo Martín
Virgin America, the California-based airline backed by billionaire Sir Richard Branson, is planning to go public this year now that the air carrier has two consecutive profitable quarters behind it. Investment banks Barclays and Deutsche Bank have been picked to co-lead the initial public offering, which could take place as soon as the second half of this year, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly....
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
Airfares to some parts of Florida this high season have climbed well above $500, so here's a bargain round-trip fare from LAX to Fort Lauderdale on Virgin America for $240, including all taxes and fees. Fort Lauderdale's reputation as a spring-break city for college students dates to 1935, when collegiate swimmers trained there to stay in shape during the Christmas break. Word spread about the town and soon college students were coming to do more than just swim. The crowds that grew unruly in the 1980s, however, are a thing of the past, thanks to stricter laws and code enforcement.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
If bad scheduling puts you on a flight during Sunday's Super Bowl, you might still be able to catch the big game. Travelers on Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airlines and Virgin America will all be able to see the game live free of charge while in the air. On Southwest, fliers can hook up with the airline's onboard Wi-Fi to watch the game on their own devices. On JetBlue and Virgin America, travelers can watch the game for free on seatback screens. Plus, JetBlue fliers will be served buffalo wing-flavor pretzels and can purchase their first glass of wine, beer or cocktail for $1 starting at 3 p.m. Pacific time.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Virgin America is making it easier to befriend other passengers at 35,000 feet. The Burlingame, Calif.-based airline's touch-screen entertainment units on every seat now have a feature that lets passengers buy drinks, meals and snacks for fellow passengers and follow it up with a text message. If you are feeling really charitable, the entertainment system lets you swipe your credit card and open a tab so you can keep the party going throughout the flight. The service was launched last month with the start of a new Virgin America route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2012 | Bloomberg News
Virgin America Inc., the low-fare airline partly owned by U.K. billionaire Richard Branson, may seek an initial public offering of shares next year should market conditions continue to improve. "We'll be prepared by 2013" to do an IPO, Chief Executive David Cush said in an interview. The timing depends on the carrier's ability to generate a consistent profit and "present a compelling case for our long-term business model," and on investors' appetite for IPOs, Cush said. "We're not tied to any date, and we've got investor patience and sufficient liquidity," Cush said.
SPORTS
January 23, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Geno Smith, the New York Jets quarterback who got off a Virgin America flight after he reportedly got into an argument with an attendant before takeoff, has received an apology from the airline, it was announced Thursday. The incident began on the ground at LAX during a flight scheduled for Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Exactly why he was offered the apology is unclear, but the airline issued the following statement via the Jets on the incident: "We believe it was the result of a misunderstanding that regrettably escalated unnecessarily.
TRAVEL
December 22, 2013
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