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Virgin America to Add Extra Flights From Newark to LAX, SFO

Virgin America to Add Extra Flights From Newark to LAX, SFO

Virgin America announced that it plans to increase service from Newark to both Los Angeles and San Francisco starting November 18. At that point, the airline will offer four daily non-stop flights to each of the two cities from Newark Liberty International Airport. It currently offers three to each destination.
Flights will depart Newark at 8 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4:05 p.m., and 5:59 pm., and will arrive at Los Angeles International …

Alaska-Virgin America Merger Moves Forward with Approval from Virgin Shareholders

Alaska-Virgin America Merger Moves Forward with Approval from Virgin Shareholders

As expected, shareholders of Virgin America voted Tuesday to approve the airline’s merger with Alaska Air Group, the parent of Alaska Airlines.
Alaska expects the merger to close in the fourth quarter but it says it has not yet decided how it might incorporate Virgin America’s brand into the combined entity, or whether the Virgin America brand will simply disappear.
The company said that the move was approved by the majority of …

Alaska Air Announces Post-Merger Management Team for Virgin America

Alaska Air Announces Post-Merger Management Team for Virgin America

Alaska Air Group, the parent of Alaska Airlines, announced top post-merger management appointments to lead Virgin America after the deal closes.
Two executives, one from Alaska and one from Virgin, were named.
Ben Minicucci, currently Alaska Airlines’ chief operating officer and president, will serve as the CEO of the Virgin America subsidiary. In addition, Peter Hunt, Virgin America’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, will become the subsidiary’s president and will …

Virgin America Launches LAX-Maui Flights

Virgin America Launches LAX-Maui Flights

Virgin America announced the launch of new non-stop service from Los Angeles, California, to Maui, Hawaii. The carrier will operate the service daily, using Airbus A320 aircraft.
Flights will depart Los Angeles International Airport at 9:35 a.m. and arrive at Kahului Airport in Maui at 12:25 p.m. From Maui, flights will depart at 1:40 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 9:55 p.m.
Virgin America’s A320s are equipped with eight seats in …

T-Mobile to Offer Customers Free Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi and Free Pizza

T-Mobile to Offer Customers Free Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi and Free Pizza

T-Mobile USA announced that it will offer all customers a free hour of Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi in addition to unlimited texting including iMessage, WhatsApp, and Viber, as well as picture messaging during a flight.
In order to use the free hour, a customer must have a valid E911 address on file and must make one Wi-Fi call before boarding. However, customers who do not have Wi-Fi calling can still access the …

Alaska Air, Virgin America Receive DOJ Request for ‘More Information’ to Gain Approval for $2.6 Billion Deal

Alaska Air, Virgin America Receive DOJ Request for ‘More Information’ to Gain Approval for $2.6 Billion Deal

The regulatory approval process for Alaska Airlines’ planned acquisition of Virgin America is moving to the next stage. Both airlines said Monday they had received requests for more information on the proposed transaction from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Alaska Air Group, the parent of Alaska Airlines, announced a $2.6 billion offer to acquire Virgin American in early April.
The two airlines said that the “second request” is a standard part of the …