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OPINION
August 19, 2006
THE NATION'S BAN on foreign ownership of U.S. airlines is fast becoming another political sacred cow. Twice during his presidency, George W. Bush has rightly proposed softening the ban in order to attract more overseas investors to the country's financially shaky airlines, and to expand opportunities for American carriers around the world. But both times Congress has loudly rebuffed the president.
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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
NEWS
August 4, 2013
Here's a deal for an LAX-Boston ticket, but you must act by Thursday. American, JetBlue and Virgin America are offering a $298 round trip, including all taxes and fees. It is subject to availability, and you must purchase at least 21 days in advance. You may travel any day of the week through Dec. 18. Info: American , (800) 433-7300; JetBlue , (800) 538-2583; Virgin America , (877) 359-8474 Source: Airfarewatchdog Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel , like us on Facebook @Los Angeles Times Travel.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2007 | Gina Piccalo
BoingBoingTV, the new eclectic online TV show from the creators of the popular website, will be available to passengers on the recently launched Virgin America airlines starting next month. Virgin America, which took off in August, will provide select episodes of the show as part of its in-flight entertainment, which also includes video games, wireless Internet access, seat-to-seat instant messaging and passenger chat rooms.
TRAVEL
April 25, 2010
From LAX, American, United, Delta, Virgin America and JetBlue offer nonstop flights to JFK. US Airways offers connecting flights (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $298. THE BEST WAY TO NEW YORK
TRAVEL
February 10, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO PORTLAND, ORE. From LAX , Alaska, Southwest, Virgin America and United offer nonstop service to Portland. Southwest also offers direct service (stop, no change of plane);connecting service (change of plane) is offered on Southwest, Alaska, Delta, United and American. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $156.
BUSINESS
October 21, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. airline industry has been on a hiring trend lately, but don't expect that to continue too much longer. For the ninth straight month, the airline industry added full-time employees in August, with employment numbers up 2.8% from the same month last year, according to the U.S. Transportation Department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics. In August, commercial passenger airlines employed 388,523 full-time workers in the U.S., up 10,688 workers from August 2010, according to the bureau.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Greyhound might be taking a page from Virgin America's playbook. The national bus company is testing a new Wi-Fi entertainment system that passengers may use with laptops, tablets or smartphones to watch movies and TV shows, play online games or just surf the Web. Greyhound's new service is called BLUE, or Bus Line Universal Entertainment. It's the same system crafted by Lufthansa Systems that Virgin America rolled out last year under the name Red , which utilizes seat-back screens as well as personal devices.
NEWS
September 14, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Hacker Fares sound downright illegal but they're not. Kayak recently coined the term that pops up in its  airline searches along with "nonstops," "1 stop," etc., when you go airfare shopping at the online travel website. Basically, Hacker Fares allow you to book two one-way flights with separate airlines and separate tickets. (Don't confuse this with code sharing, which involves flying on different airlines through inter-airline agreements.) The point, of course, is to save money.
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