Virgin America, Inc.
is a United States
-based low-cost airline
that began service on August 8, 2007. The airline's stated aim is to provide low-fare, high-quality service for "long-haul point-to-point service between major metropolitan cities on the Eastern and West Coast seaboards.""," The San Francisco Chronicle
, March 19, 2006. San Francisco International Airport
is Virgin America's principal base of operations and sole hub. Virgin America's frequent flyer program
Elevate runs on a "dollars spent versus miles accrued" model.
Virgin America, though the brainchild of British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson
, is a U.S. airline. By law, no more than 25% of a U.S. airline may be owned by foreign interests and must be under the "actual control" of U.S. citizens;See "" (Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking), 71 FR
26425, May 5, 2006. The remaining 25% of the company is owned by Virgin Group
, which also licenses the Virgin brand to the airline.
Virgin America, headquartered in Burlingame, California
, is separate from Virgin Atlantic
and as such is under no obligation to work with Virgin... Read More