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August 10, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times staff writer
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NEWS
July 17, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Starting next month, Virgin America 's in-flight crew members will sport a new look. The airline, which turns 5 on Aug. 8, plans to roll out new uniforms designed by Banana Republic, with creative input gleaned from a design competition and suggestions from flight crew members too. The buzzwords designers use in describing the wardrobe change: "utility chic. " (Here's a photo gallery of the new look.) The new uniforms are combinations of red, white and black.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2012 | By Shan Li
Virgin America's pilots and flight attendants are going to look a lot more stylish in midair. The airline partnered with Banana Republic to design new uniforms for its 2,000 in-flight and airport crew members that will debut Aug. 8. The uniforms -- which look like pieces that might be worn by a chic world traveler with a penchant for the colors red, black and white -- include apparel for both men and women. Both Banana Republic and Virgin Atlantic will sell clothing items inspired by the new uniforms starting Aug. (for security reasons, the pieces available for sale won't be exact replicas)
TRAVEL
May 20, 2012
THE BEST WAY TO CHELAN, WASH. From LAX, Alaska, Virgin America and United offer nonstop service to Seattle; Southwest and United offer direct service (stop, no change of plane); and Southwest, Alaska, United, Virgin America and Delta offer connecting service (change of plane). Chelan, at the southeast end of Lake Chelan, is about 175 miles east of Seattle, about 155 miles west of Spokane. WHERE TO STAY Campbell's Resort, 104 W. Woodin Ave., Chelan; (800)
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
May 4, 2012 | Bloomberg News
Virgin America Inc., the low-fare airline partly owned by U.K. billionaire Richard Branson, may seek an initial public offering of shares next year should market conditions continue to improve. "We'll be prepared by 2013" to do an IPO, Chief Executive David Cush said in an interview. The timing depends on the carrier's ability to generate a consistent profit and "present a compelling case for our long-term business model," and on investors' appetite for IPOs, Cush said. "We're not tied to any date, and we've got investor patience and sufficient liquidity," Cush said.
TRAVEL
April 1, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
Question: What in the world is going on with airfares? I'm seeing airfares of more than $1,000 to European destinations and about half that for New York and Boston. Say it isn't so. Or at least say it won't last. Answer: I'm getting this question from leisure travelers who are seeing summer fares that may put their vacations on ice. And - are you sitting down? - it's probably not going to get better any time soon. Airfare experts point to three factors that are driving costs.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
At first blush, Ritz-Carlton , Drury Inn & Suites , Four Seasons , Hotel Indigo and Hampton Hotels might not seem to have much in common, other than being places to lay your weary head at the end of the day. Some cater to the high-thread-count crowd; others want to attract those who mind their money but also mind an uncomfortable accommodation. But according to a J.D. Power & Associates study released this month, those lodgings are "customer service champions," which focus on serving the clientele and not the other way around.
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.
NEWS
March 9, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
United and Delta are the latest airlines to replace or upgrade bins to hold more luggage, the Associated Press reports. Expanding bins is a smart way for airlines to set themselves apart, says Henry Harteveldt, who leads airline and travel analysis at Atmosphere Research Group, a market research firm. “Especially if they cater to the business traveler, they're hoping it will give them a small but noticeable competitive advantage” . . . . The Los Angeles Clippers have announced a new partnership with Virgin America . . . .   Brian Head Resort, three hours northeast of Las Vegas in southern Utah, has extended its season a week, to April 15. Look for 25% off spring break lodging and lift ticket deals  here . . . . Yosemite National Park says that Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 within the park)
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