Articles tagged “branson”

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Hertz CEO claims many people are trying to “screw up” Dollar Thrifty acquisition

Mark Clothier , Bloomberg

It's good that the FTC is taking its time reviewing Hertz's acquisition of Dollar Thrifty. Consolidation has already harmed competition, and there are lots of moving pieces given the Advantage divestiture.

6 years ago

Virgin Cars? Richard Branson makes move on Advantage rental-car business

Mark Clothier and Sara Forden, Bloomberg

It's an excellent, opportunistic move by Branson to make a bid the same week the very complacent car rental companies announced plans to boost rates on corporate customers.

6 years ago

Virgin’s Branson says spacecraft will launch at Christmas, but staff cautious

Virgin’s Branson says spacecraft will launch at Christmas, but staff cautious

Diana Alba Soular, Las Cruces Sun-News

Sir Richard's enthusiasm can sometimes get the best of him. But his shoot-from-the-hip style has the benefit of pushing the troops further. And considering how far behind they are that's not necessarily a bad thing.

6 years ago

Virgin Atlantic pegs $107 million loss on slow economy and Olympics impact

Chris Jasper, Bloomberg

Virgin is relying on its Delta Air Lines’ tie-up and increased focus on business travel to take it to profitability by 2015.

6 years ago

Virgin’s SpaceShipTwo thrusts engines: Suborbital travel one step closer

Virgin’s SpaceShipTwo thrusts engines: Suborbital travel one step closer

Associated Press

Nothing quite captures the imagination like space, and when you throw Branson into the mix too it'll be hard to dampen the enthusiasm once flights start.

6 years ago

Virgin Galactic space ship completes its 24th test flight in Mojave desert

Virgin Galactic space ship completes its 24th test flight in Mojave desert

Steven Mayer, The Bakersfield Californian

Branson's space ambitions are one step closer now. You have to hand it to him for bringing the common man -- albeit one with hundreds of thousands of dollars -- one step closer to space travel.

6 years ago

Branson protests paying rent for his Virgin Galactic spaceport

Branson protests paying rent for his Virgin Galactic spaceport

Jeri Clausing, Associated Press

Is the once-bullish Branson having second thoughts on his $1 million annual rent obligation as the launch of space tourism drifts farther into the future?

7 years ago

Analysis: Do women have a place at U.S. airlines outside of stewarding?

Analysis: Do women have a place at U.S. airlines outside of stewarding?

Samantha Shankman, Skift

The history of how women ended up serving snacks rather than selecting new routes is one that applies to almost all businesses, but Branson is one of the most outspoken in the industry that sees a need for change.

7 years ago

Branson bets British Airways boss 1 million pounds that the Virgin brand will survive

Branson bets British Airways boss 1 million pounds that the Virgin brand will survive

Mathieu Rosemain and Kari Lundgren, Bloomberg

The Virgin brand is one of the biggest commodity that the airline has to offer and a huge pull in Delta trying to acquire Singapore’s shares to tap into the routes and gates that Virgin serves.

7 years ago

Virgin’s travel branding masks financial performances that are all over the map

Virgin’s travel branding masks financial performances that are all over the map

Dennis Schaal and Sam Shankman, Skift

With acquisition talks with Delta and Air France-KLM under way, Richard Branson could reduce his direct involvement with Virgin Atlantic, but don't expect the Virgin brand to make a quick exit.

7 years ago

Ryanair strips down its cabin crew again for 2013 charity calendar

Ryanair strips down its cabin crew again for 2013 charity calendar

The Daily Telegraph

Ryanair succeeds its sharing suggestive shots of its cabin crew in the name of charity, but other airlines who have shamelessly crossed the line have had their campaigns banned.

7 years ago

Virgin Rail gets its wish to continue running West Coast line, but only for 13 months

Virgin Rail gets its wish to continue running West Coast line, but only for 13 months

Nathalie Thomas, The Daily Telegraph

Virgin’s small success in temporarily getting the line back hasn’t resulted in a long-term contract, but rather a new bidding process. And thirteen months of political meddling are likely to be as much fun as these last few months.

7 years ago