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March 3, 2008 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
For years, JetBlue Airways Corp. turned up its nose at flying out of Los Angeles International Airport, saying that LAX was too big, too crowded and, well, that it just preferred to operate out of smaller hubs. Then out of the blue last month, the low-cost carrier stunned LAX officials by asking for gates there. Moreover, it wanted them in Terminal 6 next to Virgin America, the airline started by eccentric British billionaire Richard Branson. It was no surprise to industry observers.
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BUSINESS
April 14, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
The U.S. government requested more data about British billionaire Richard Branson's role in Virgin America Inc., delaying the U.S. carrier's plans to start flights this year. Virgin must submit more details about its ownership and financing before it will get permission to begin operations, the Transportation Department said. Burlingame, Calif.-based Virgin America is part owned by Branson's Virgin Group Ltd.
BUSINESS
July 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Virgin America began selling airline tickets Thursday but found sales slowed by an apparent hacker attack on its website, the company said. Spokesman Gareth Edmondson Jones said the airline was trying to fix the problem and identify the culprits. The airline's inaugural flights are scheduled to take off Aug. 8 from Los Angeles International Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and arrive at roughly the same time in San Francisco, which will serve as Virgin America's hub.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2008 | Dan Weikel, Weikel is a Times staff writer.
Virgin America is interested in providing service at John Wayne Airport, which has experienced a significant drop in passengers this year because of an unprecedented economic downturn in the airline industry. Abby Lunardini, a spokeswoman for Virgin America, said Friday that the San Francisco-based carrier applied for slots at the Orange County airport in October, but the airline has not decided whether to begin service yet. "We are exploring our future expansion opportunities.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Bay Area-based start-up airline Virgin America won final approval Friday to take to the skies in the United States. Federal regulators approved the company's revised plan to operate U.S.-based commercial flights after the company made numerous concessions, including replacing its chief executive, to allay concerns about the foreign ownership stake of Richard Branson's London-based Virgin Group. Virgin America, based in Burlingame, Calif.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2007 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
In a move that could trigger lower fares on one of the nation's busiest routes, a new airline inspired by British billionaire Richard Branson is making Los Angeles one of its first stops. Virgin America plans to announce today that it will begin flying passengers Aug. 8 with five flights daily from Los Angeles to San Francisco and five return trips. The decision is good news for Southern California travelers who can expect lower fares -- at least temporarily -- to several popular destinations.
BUSINESS
August 9, 2007 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2010 | By ROBERT LLOYD, Television Critic
"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.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Low-cost airlines that cut out many of the extras might not be expected to get high marks for service - just as fast food is unlikely to win culinary awards. But J.D. Power & Associates' 2012 Customer Service Champions did not include long-established carriers such as Delta Air Lines, United Airlines or American Airlines among the 50 companies from various industries that won the distinction this year based on value, service and other measures. Instead, the report listed low-cost carriers Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways and San Francisco upstart Virgin America as the only airlines to win the award.
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