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October 23, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Antitrust Suit Filed Against British Airways: Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. took the action in U.S. District Court in New York, claiming $325 million in damages for unfair competition. Among its allegations, Virgin cited abuse by British Airways of its dominance and extensive network to manipulate travel agent and corporate programs, and incentives to deny Virgin business and limit consumer choice.
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TRAVEL
September 25, 2005 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
SLASHING staffs, coach-class perks and other expenses may be just the ticket for financially strapped airlines these days. But there's at least one place where some carriers are pouring on the cash: airport lounges for members and premium passengers. Several airlines are opening larger, more luxurious facilities with sybaritic touches such as showers, spa treatments and crystal chandeliers.
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TRAVEL
September 25, 2005 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
SLASHING staffs, coach-class perks and other expenses may be just the ticket for financially strapped airlines these days. But there's at least one place where some carriers are pouring on the cash: airport lounges for members and premium passengers. Several airlines are opening larger, more luxurious facilities with sybaritic touches such as showers, spa treatments and crystal chandeliers.
NATIONAL
June 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A New York-bound jetliner was diverted to Canada after sending out a false hijacking alarm. It landed in Nova Scotia and later flew on to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Canadian fighter jets escorted Virgin Atlantic Airways' Flight 45 to Halifax International Airport. Canadian law enforcement officials inspected the plane. Airline spokeswoman Brooke Lawer said the transponder sent out a false alert.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Virgin Atlantic Airways scrapped plans to install bright red urinals shaped like women's open lips at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, saying it had received complaints they were offensive. A Virgin spokesman said the company received several dozen complaints from people and groups including the National Organization for Women.
NEWS
January 9, 1995
A London-bound Virgin Atlantic Airways flight was delayed several hours Sunday night after a man, an apparent stowaway, was found in a lavatory as the plane was ready to take off from Los Angeles International Airport, police said. The trespasser, whose name was not released, was escorted from the plane in handcuffs. The 400-plus passengers aboard the sold-out flight left the 747 and waited for several hours while a security search was made of the jumbo jet, police said.
BUSINESS
August 19, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Delta-Virgin Atlantic Deal Totters: Four months after Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways announced a partnership that would give Delta access to London's Heathrow Airport, the two are preparing to abandon linked flights. Delta does not have the right to fly passengers there and had hoped to get around that by buying blocks of seats on Virgin flights and selling them as Delta tickets.
NEWS
August 18, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
A company owned by Virgin Airlines chief Richard Branson apologized after a game based on the 1996 massacre of 16 children and their teacher in Dunblane, Scotland, was found on an Internet site accessed through Virgin Net. Ivan Izikowitz, technical director of London-based Virgin Net, said the company did not know that the site contained the material and removed it as soon as it was discovered.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Airbus Industrie on Friday won orders from Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic for a total of 26 planes worth $4 billion, scoring a victory over Boeing Co. on the very day that it acquires McDonnell Douglas Corp. Virgin Atlantic said it will order 18 aircraft worth $2.6 billion, nearly doubling the size of its fleet and tipping the balance of that fleet in favor of the European aircraft consortium. Air Canada announced its intent to order eight planes in the A330/A340 family worth $1.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Virgin Atlantic Airways scrapped plans to install bright red urinals shaped like women's open lips at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, saying it had received complaints they were offensive. A Virgin spokesman said the company received several dozen complaints from people and groups including the National Organization for Women.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A veteran Virgin Atlantic Airways pilot was jailed, facing a charge that he showed up drunk to fly a planeload of almost 400 passengers to London. The airline said Richard George Harwell, 55, an American living in England, had a spotless record during 14 years at Virgin.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2001 | Associated Press
British airline Virgin Atlantic said it plans to offer luxury flights on small business jets, a service it is calling Virgin Jetset. Although plans are still in an early stage, Virgin hopes to open Jetset routes from London to New York, Washington and Los Angeles in aircraft that would carry no more than 18 people, the company said. The smaller jets would fly faster and higher--at 45,000 feet instead of the usual 35,000 or so--to avoid congestion below.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2000 | PETER PAE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The governing board of Airbus Industrie may vote as early as next week to begin making the world's largest passenger plane, launching its boldest challenge yet to Boeing Co.'s stranglehold on large commercial aircraft. Virgin Atlantic Airways said Friday that it is ordering six of the new 550-passenger planes for $3.8 billion, which Airbus officials said provided the minimum number they require to begin production of the next-generation super-jumbo jet.
NEWS
August 18, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
A company owned by Virgin Airlines chief Richard Branson apologized after a game based on the 1996 massacre of 16 children and their teacher in Dunblane, Scotland, was found on an Internet site accessed through Virgin Net. Ivan Izikowitz, technical director of London-based Virgin Net, said the company did not know that the site contained the material and removed it as soon as it was discovered.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Airbus Industrie on Friday won orders from Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic for a total of 26 planes worth $4 billion, scoring a victory over Boeing Co. on the very day that it acquires McDonnell Douglas Corp. Virgin Atlantic said it will order 18 aircraft worth $2.6 billion, nearly doubling the size of its fleet and tipping the balance of that fleet in favor of the European aircraft consortium. Air Canada announced its intent to order eight planes in the A330/A340 family worth $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1996
Hundreds of Los Angeles-bound airline passengers who had been stranded in a remote arctic town were flown to New York on Saturday, where they were able to board other flights to Los Angeles, officials said. The 368 passengers on the London-to-Los Angeles Virgin Atlantic flight landed Friday in Iqaluit in the Northwest Territories of Canada so that a passenger who had suffered a heart attack could be taken to a hospital.
NEWS
January 9, 1995
A London-bound Virgin Atlantic Airways flight was delayed several hours Sunday night after a man, an apparent stowaway, was found in a lavatory as the plane was ready to take off from Los Angeles International Airport, police said. The trespasser, whose name was not released, was escorted from the plane in handcuffs. The 400-plus passengers aboard the sold-out flight left the 747 and waited for several hours while a security search was made of the jumbo jet, police said.
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