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.
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December 13, 2008 |
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.
May 19, 2007 |
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.
July 19, 2007 |
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.
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 19, 2012 |
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.
April 30, 2009 |
Virgin America, the upstart carrier founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, began flying between Orange County's John Wayne Airport and San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday for as little as $49 one way. The launch of the low-fare service began with a glitzy party on the airport tarmac where celebrities, such as rapper MC Hammer and the cast of reality show "The Real Housewives of Orange County," welcomed passengers on the first flight from San Francisco.
January 28, 2009 |
A new skirmish in the West Coast airfare wars has erupted in Orange County, where upstart Virgin America and low-cost behemoth Southwest Airlines are battling for travelers with some of the lowest priced tickets in recent memory.
April 24, 2010 |
Holden Caulfield was a flâneur . That's not generally how we think of him, this archetype of adolescent alienation, this detester of phonies, this poor little lost boy whose voice - by turns knowing, childlike, cynical and bereft - drives J.D. Salinger's iconic 1951 novel, "The Catcher in the Rye. " Yet, from the moment, about a quarter of the way through the book, he arrives by train at Manhattan's now-demolished original Pennsylvania Station building,...
November 3, 2013 |
Let's admit it: Almost no one listens to the safety instructions that flight attendants give at the start of each flight. Even the airlines know it. That is why so many have tried to enliven their safety messages. Over the last week, Virgin America and Delta Airlines have unveiled new safety videos that are shown to passengers to get the message across in an attention-grabbing way. Delta's new video has a holiday spin, featuring Christmas elves, Santa Claus, snowmen, and Alex Trebek from the television game show "Jeopardy.