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April 30, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Virgin America, California's hip and high-tech airline, is pulling its flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and San Francisco, and flying the airplanes instead to more lucrative corporate travel markets - between Dallas and New York City and Washington. The airline began Philadelphia flights two years ago. It said the service will end Oct. 6. The Burlingame, Calif., carrier said Friday that it had been awarded two gates at Dallas' Love Field by the Justice Department and planned to begin flights in October to New York LaGuardia and Reagan Washington National Airports.
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January 18, 2012 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Virgin America Inc., California's hip and high-tech airline with seat-back touch-screen TVs, wireless Internet, and mood lighting, will begin nonstop flights from Philadelphia to California in April. Passengers can expect fares to drop about 30 percent on routes to Los Angeles and San Francisco, at least initially. Virgin America, a privately held airline 25 percent owned by English billionaire Richard Branson, will begin three daily round-trip flights from Los Angeles on April 4 and two daily round-trip flights from San Francisco, starting April 10. The Burlingame, Calif., carrier is offering introductory one-way fares as low as $129 between Philadelphia and Los Angeles and $149 between Philadelphia and San Francisco, excluding taxes and fees, on its website.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2012
"We enter 2012 stronger and more efficient after two years of simplifying and streamlining our company. " - Bank of America chief executive officer Brian T. Moynihan, on fourth-quarter results showing a $2 billion profit, despite tens of billions of dollars shed from its balance sheet and layoffs of nearly 7,000 employees. "Frankfurt is the most important financial center in Germany, and we have been looking for the past five years for the right opportunity. " - Dechert L.L.P.
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April 30, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
A passenger who flew from Philadelphia to San Francisco was detained on arrival by federal agents after a vindictive flight attendant claimed he had not flushed a lavatory toilet, according to a federal suit. The suit, which seeks $500,000 in damages, was filed last week in the Northern District of California. Salvatore Bevivino, 52, a business manager for Genentech, boarded a Virgin America flight on April 28, 2012. After the plane reached cruising altitude over Indiana, the former Amblerite pushed the call button and asked for a soda.
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July 24, 2011 | By David Koenig, Associated Press
DALLAS - Instead of giving consumers a temporary price break, airlines are grabbing the benefit of lower federal taxes on travel tickets. By Saturday night, nearly all the major U.S. airlines had raised fares to offset taxes that expired the night before. That means instead of passing along the savings, the airlines are pocketing the money while customers pay the same amount as before. American, United, Continental, Delta, US Airways, Southwest, AirTran, and JetBlue all raised fares, although details sometimes differed.
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February 7, 2012 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Alaska Airlines, popular in the Pacific Northwest and known for customer service, will begin daily nonstop flights between Seattle and Philadelphia, starting June 11. The Seattle-based carrier is the second airline to announce it is coming to Philadelphia International Airport in the last month. Virgin America Inc. said in January it would begin nonstop daily flights to both Los Angeles and San Francisco from here, beginning in April. "We are very excited to bring Philadelphia an airline that has distinguished itself among travelers and industry experts," said Philadelphia airport chief executive officer Mark Gale.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
"I learned how to be humble . Because there are a whole lot of smart people, and humility is important. " - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, at the University of Pennsylvania to mark the opening of a new law school building. ? "In other cities, we're generally competing with three or four carriers, and in Philadelphia, we're really only competing with one. You know, my motto in life is, 'Screw it, just do it,' so we give things a try, and, generally speaking, we're successful.
TRAVEL
December 30, 2012 | By Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Airlines have found a way to take the edge off the stress of flying and make a few extra bucks along the way: fancy new cocktails, craft beers, and elegant wines. The drinks advertised in the back of in-flight magazines - or on sleek seat-back touchscreens - are starting to resemble those at the hottest nightclubs. Virgin America offers "Grandma's Coffee," an iced cappuccino with Jack Daniels whiskey, for $9. Its beer selection includes 21st Amendment from San Francisco and Black Star from Whitefish, Mont.
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April 30, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Virgin America, California's hip and high-tech airline, is pulling its flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and San Francisco, and flying the airplanes instead to more lucrative corporate travel markets - between Dallas and New York City and Washington. The airline began Philadelphia flights two years ago. It said the service will end Oct. 6. The Burlingame, Calif., carrier said Friday that it had been awarded two gates at Dallas' Love Field by the Justice Department and planned to begin flights in October to New York LaGuardia and Reagan Washington National Airports.
NEWS
April 30, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
A passenger who flew from Philadelphia to San Francisco was detained on arrival by federal agents after a vindictive flight attendant claimed he had not flushed a lavatory toilet, according to a federal suit. The suit, which seeks $500,000 in damages, was filed last week in the Northern District of California. Salvatore Bevivino, 52, a business manager for Genentech, boarded a Virgin America flight on April 28, 2012. After the plane reached cruising altitude over Indiana, the former Amblerite pushed the call button and asked for a soda.
TRAVEL
December 30, 2012 | By Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Airlines have found a way to take the edge off the stress of flying and make a few extra bucks along the way: fancy new cocktails, craft beers, and elegant wines. The drinks advertised in the back of in-flight magazines - or on sleek seat-back touchscreens - are starting to resemble those at the hottest nightclubs. Virgin America offers "Grandma's Coffee," an iced cappuccino with Jack Daniels whiskey, for $9. Its beer selection includes 21st Amendment from San Francisco and Black Star from Whitefish, Mont.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
"I learned how to be humble . Because there are a whole lot of smart people, and humility is important. " - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, at the University of Pennsylvania to mark the opening of a new law school building. ? "In other cities, we're generally competing with three or four carriers, and in Philadelphia, we're really only competing with one. You know, my motto in life is, 'Screw it, just do it,' so we give things a try, and, generally speaking, we're successful.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Having just arrived in Philadelphia, low-cost airline Virgin America will quickly find itself involved in the debate over the city's planned expansion of Philadelphia International Airport. Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson and chief executive officer David Cush cautiously broached the issue this week, urging a weighing of the dueling priorities of the city-owned airport and its airline tenants. "It's a very complicated balancing act for an airport," said Cush in an interview.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Under California-blue skies and welcomed by cheerleaders, Mayor Nutter and the "Rocky" theme song, the first Virgin America flight from Los Angeles arrived Wednesday at Philadelphia International Airport to inaugurate new daily nonstop service to the West Coast. Virgin, with its trademark mix of sexy and techy, is the first new airline in eight years to begin operations in Philadelphia. The daily flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco will mean an immediate reduction in fares, as competing airlines - especially US Airways - move to match Virgin's prices.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2012 | By Dan Gross
FILMMAKER M. Night Shyamalan , actor Penn Badgley of "Gossip Girl," actors Seth Green and Terrence Howard , and Boyz II Men singer Nate Morris were among celebrities who turned out Wednesday night at Hotel Palomar for a Virgin America airlines party celebrating its launch in Philadelphia. Virgin's chief, Sir Richard Branson , was also at the party and introduced DJ Jazzy Jeff , who spun as Mayor Nutter and wife Lisa danced it up on the floor.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2012 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alaska Airlines, popular in the Pacific Northwest and known for customer service, will begin daily nonstop flights between Seattle and Philadelphia, starting June 11. The Seattle-based carrier is the second airline in the last month to announce it is coming to Philadelphia International Airport. Virgin America Inc. said in January it would begin nonstop daily flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco from Philadelphia beginning in April. "We are very excited to bring Philadelphia an airline that has distinguished itself among travelers and industry experts," said Philadelphia airport chief executive officer Mark Gale.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2012
"We enter 2012 stronger and more efficient after two years of simplifying and streamlining our company. " - Bank of America chief executive officer Brian T. Moynihan, on fourth-quarter results showing a $2 billion profit, despite tens of billions of dollars shed from its balance sheet and layoffs of nearly 7,000 employees. "Frankfurt is the most important financial center in Germany, and we have been looking for the past five years for the right opportunity. " - Dechert L.L.P.
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