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An A321neo with the 'More to Love' tail is seen at Airbus' Hamburg facility (Photo: Tobias Gudat)

First Airbus A321neo with Alaska Tail Makes Appearance in Hamburg

The Virgin America brand is gradually fading away. Since the announcement that Alaska would acquire Virgin America in a deal valued at $2.6 billion, the airline has been working to merge both brands, including future plans for Virgin's fleet of 67 Airbus narrow-body aircraft. In March of 2017, Alaska said that they plan to retire the Virgin America brand by 2019, meaning that Virgin America signage, logos, and branding would be phased out. The airline did state, however, that they plan…

Sources: Virgin America’s Final Day of Operation Slated for mid-January

According to two sources familiar with Alaska Airlines' acquisition of Virgin America, the airlines will fly under one single operating certificate as early as  Jan. 11, 2018. This move will officially close out the Virgin America callsign, "Redwood," and the carrier will be seen as Alaska Airlines in the eyes…

Virgin America Flights to be Operated by Alaska in April…

After purchasing Virgin America for $2.6 billion in 2016, Alaska Airlines will switch all Virgin America flights to Alaska operations on April 25, 2018. Alaska was cleared by the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice in December of 2016 to continue with the acquisition of Virgin America,…

Alaska Airlines Launches Service from San Jose, Calif. to Austin…

On Monday, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines commenced daily nonstop service from San Jose, Calif. to Austin and Tucson. With the addition of these flights Alaska will offer nonstop service to 18 destinations in the form of 31 daily departures from San Jose International Airport, more destinations than any other airline serving…

How Virgin America Disappeared From LaGuardia Overnight

The Virgin America and Alaska Airlines acquisition is well underway, and it is beginning to resonate around the combined airline's system. Perhaps one of the most noticeable changes occurred Saturday night at New York's LaGuardia airport where crews could be seen converting Virgin America branding into Alaska signage. [caption id="attachment_15202" align="aligncenter"…

Qantas Quickly Approaching Its Foreign Ownership Ceiling

Given the airline’s continued growth and resurgence in stockholder value, Qantas revealed that foreign owners now control 46.73 percent of its shares, just shy of its 49 percent cap on foreign ownership. Qantas, which also owns subsidiaries Jetstar Airways and Qantas Freight, has been more bullish this year on news…

Alaska Airlines Likely to Stick With All-Boeing Fleet

After the completion of the Alaska Airlines and Virgin America merger, many travelers worried about their frequent flyer miles or if their city would still be served. However, the aviation enthusiasts wondered, what will Alaska do with all those Airbus aircraft that Virgin America currently operates? Bringing together an exclusively…

Taking a Ride Onboard the World’s First Revenue A321neo Flight

The morning of a much-anticipated trip is always the best. Anticipation is at its zenith, excitement is at full throttle, and all an avgeek like myself can do is countdown the minutes until it is time to leave for the airport. Of course, this morning was the whole reason I…

Virgin America Becomes World’s First Airbus A321neo Operator

On Thursday, Virgin America took delivery of their first Airbus A321neo aircraft, becoming the initial operator for the Airbus narrow-body airplane. The New Engine Option (NEO) aircraft is powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A power plants, which reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by approximately 15 percent. The engines also provide a…

Alaska Airlines to Keep Virgin America Gates at Dallas Love…

Last week, Alaska Airlines confirmed that it plans to continue the operation of flights out of Dallas Love Field after its acquisition of Virgin America last year. As a part of the purchase, Alaska inherited Virgin America's two gates at the urban airport. Due to the Wright Amendment, Love Field…