Alaska Air To Purchase Virgin America From Virgin Group

The North American aviation industry is set for further consolidation with the announcement that Alaska Air, the parent company of Alaskan Airlines, is to purchase rival Virgin America.   Estimated to be worth around USD 4 billion (including existing Virgin America debt and capitalized aircraft operating leases) and subject to regulatory approval, the deal will … Continue reading

Silkair Trials Inflight Entertainment Streaming

Singapore Airlines’ regional subsidiary Silkair has commenced trials of new inflight entertainment streaming technology. One of the airline’s Airbus A320 jets will offer the wireless system on flights to and from its Singapore base.   Partnering Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Silkair will stream movies, television programming and music directly to passengers’ personal devices, including laptops, tablets … Continue reading

Virgin Atlantic Gains Heathrow Slots, Short-Haul Flights To Follow

Virgin Atlantic today announced it will soon begin short-haul services from London (Heathrow). While most airlines begin by flying nearer to home, the Crawley-based airline took a different approach operating inter-continental flights to popular business and holiday destinations instead.   28 years after its founding, the carrier has successfully secured all of the Heathrow slots … Continue reading

Virgin America Begins Flights To Puerto Vallarta

Award-winning, California-based airline Virgin America has launched flights from its base in San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta, with a gate-side fiesta featuring margaritas and mariachi band for passengers on the inaugural flight. Named “Friendliest City” by Conde Nast Traveler attracting over 3 million visitors annually, the city is one of Mexico’s hottest destinations and will … Continue reading

Virgin America Jets Into Chicago

California-based Virgin America has commenced services to Chicago, injecting a dose of healthy competition into the market dominated by legacy carriers. Local officials and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson (dressed as prizefighter “Bruiser Branson”) were at O’Hare International Airport to greet guests arriving onboard the inaugural flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to the Windy City yesterday. … Continue reading