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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 …

Virgin America Begins Daily Los Angeles-Honolulu Flights

Virgin America Begins Daily Los Angeles-Honolulu Flights

Virgin America announced the launch of new daily, non-stop service between Los Angeles and Honolulu. The carrier will operate the flights using Airbus A320 aircraft.
Flights will depart Los Angeles International Airport at 10:35 a.m. and arrive at Honolulu International Airport at 1:25 p.m. From Honolulu, flights are scheduled to depart at 2:25 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 10:55 p.m.
Additionally, Virgin America said that it will begin new daily …

Virgin America Launches New Loyalty Program Benefits

Virgin America Launches New Loyalty Program Benefits

Virgin America announced it is introducing new benefits to its Elevate loyalty program. The airline also said that it is adding a new status match offer.
The new benefits allow Virgin America Elevate Silver members to earn 50% more points above base rate of 5 points per $1 spent, up from 25%, while Elevate Gold members can now earn 140% more points above base rate of 5 points per $1 spent, up …

Virgin America, Starwood Partner to Offer Cross-Program Benefits

Virgin America, Starwood Partner to Offer Cross-Program Benefits

Virgin America announced the beginning of a new partnership with Starwood Preferred Guest.
Now, Virgin America Elevate members will earn two points for every one dollar spent on Starwood hotel stays.
Additionally, Starwood Preferred Guest members can exchange Starpoints for Elevate points at a 1-t-1 ratio.
Virgin and Starwood are also offering two packages that members can bid on, namely trips for two to Maui and Honolulu that include seats on Virgin America’s …