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January 18, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Virgin America Inc., a start-up airline vying for clearance to begin U.S. flights, changed agreements with minority owner Richard Branson's Virgin Group Ltd. in an effort to meet U.S. ownership requirements. Branson's closely held Virgin Group will cede veto authority over some business decisions and put voting shares of the carrier under a U.S. trustee, Virgin America Chief Executive Fred Reid said. The carrier also eliminated foreign investors in two funds that make up the majority of its U.S.
December 28, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Virgin America Inc., an airline partly owned by British billionaire Richard Branson that hoped to offer low-cost service out of the Bay Area, failed Wednesday to get U.S. government permission to begin flights within the United States. Virgin America must revise its ownership and corporate structure so that it is at least 75% owned and controlled by U.S. citizens before it can start service, the Transportation Department said. "Virgin America's close relationship with the U.K.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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