Virginity Lost

800px-n523va_sfo We hear that Virgin America, the US-offshoot of British airliner Virgin Atlantic, is still coming under attack by competitors nearly two years after its debut. It appears as if rival Alaska Airlines — which competes with Virgin America on flights to Seattle — claims Virgin is operating illegally due to its association with billionaire Richard Branson. FYI: Airlines operating in the USA must be majority American owned. Alaska’s folks are suggesting Virgin America violates this regulation and is actually majority owned by Branson and/or Virgin Atlantic back in Britain. Branson’s camp is having none of this, insisting Virgin Atlantic owns just 24 percent of its American sister. Complicated!

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