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Virgin America

Virgin America
AirlineVirgin America
Commenced operationsAugust 8, 2007
Airline hubSan Francisco International Airport
Focus citiesLos Angeles International Airport
Frequent-flyer programelevate
Fleet size40
Company sloganA Breath of Fresh Airline
HeadquartersBurlingame, California, U.S.
Key peopleC. David Cush (CEO)
Donald J. Carty (Chairman)
Holly Nelson (CFO)
Richard Branson (Minority owner)

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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." 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; Black Canyon Capital LLC owns 75% of the capital stock and is responsible for appointing two-thirds of the voting members of the board of directors. 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 Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Virgin Galactic or any other companies that share the Virgin brand name. However, on June 3, 2009, Virgin America established an interline agreement with Virgin Australia's international subsidiary airline V Australia, which allows Virgin America customers access to V Australia's trans-Pacific long haul network between Australia and the United States, and allows V Australia passengers access to Virgin America's network within the U.S. In addition, the airline has established additional interline agreements such as Emirates and South African Airways.

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