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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.
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BUSINESS
November 3, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
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.
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.
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
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
May 6, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
To celebrate the launch last month of Virgin Atlantic's newly redesigned upper-class section, the British-based airline is giving passengers some extended face time with Richard Branson, the carrier's billionaire founder. Upper-class passengers can order drinks chilled by ice cubes shaped to look like Branson's head and face. Four designers hired by the airline spent six weeks creating the mold for the Branson cubes. Branson founded the Virgin Group, a conglomerate that owns interests in Virgin Atlantic and San Francisco-based Virgin America airlines, among other businesses.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
On the final day of the year, the U.S. Department of Transportation levied fines against two airlines that kept passengers stranded on delayed flights, pushing the number of violations issued against airlines in 2012 to a record. The federal agency recorded 49 violations in 2012, totaling $3.6 million in fines, with the final two coming against Copa Airlines of Panama and California-based Virgin America. The previous high number of fines came in 2011, when the agency levied 47 violations, totaling about $3.3 million.
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