It's a big show of support of Detroit, as well as Virgin Atlantic's continued growth in the U.S., post Delta's investment.
Cruising isn't something that the newbie can get into without extensive help. It's unlikely Virgin could do anything here without Veitch. While his $300M+ payday wasn't guaranteed before, he may walk away with something similar if the court sees things his way.
Privatization of UK rail lines has played out well for companies like Virgin, but it has yet to deliver value to the people riding the trains.
Branson may be a thorn in Southwest's side, but he's a charming one.
Cowdray is right to point out the complexity of global corporations and other shady investments, but that doesn't mean people are misguided by making connections between bad laws in one part of the world and economic decisions they make at home.
This is a portrayal of Branson, Missouri that you've never seen, and Missouri tourism officials are worried about how the destination will be portrayed in the documentary. Still, the filmmakers caution that those who rule out a future for Branson may be proven wrong. We'll see.
Branson may have little day-to-day influence over his Virgin brands, but what he says about tourism can move the needle like few others.
Branson's far-flung business interests do give him claim as a global citizen -- as does owning his very own island. We can think of moves by other airline execs -- like $20 million dollar golden parachutes -- to get more worked up about.
This -- namely commercial flights for tourists in suborbital space -- is actually going to happen in the next couple of years. One small step for man, and one giant leap for Richard Branson, and competitors.