Articles tagged “richard branson”

Virgin Galactic Moves Closer to Shuttling Tourists to Space After Test Flight

Virgin Galactic Moves Closer to Shuttling Tourists to Space After Test Flight

Associated Press

It counts as progress that nobody died when Virgin Galactic tested its rocketship this time. It's still unclear when, if ever, expensive suborbital flights will become a reality for wealthy vacationers, especially considering the demonstrable safety risks.

2 months ago

Richard Branson Believes Supersonic Air Travel Is the ‘Next Big Thing’

Richard Branson Believes Supersonic Air Travel Is the ‘Next Big Thing’

Angus Whitley and Jason Kelly, Bloomberg

Richard Branson has a history of making bold predictions that don't turn out quite right. If – and it's a big if – supersonic jet travel makes a comeback, commercially viable flights are decades away.

4 months ago

The UK Government May Re-Nationalize London-Edinburgh Rail Route

The UK Government May Re-Nationalize London-Edinburgh Rail Route

Christopher Jasper and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Stagecoach's problems show the difficulty in running a franchise on the UK's fractured rail network. The public and some politicians want reform but it seems the government is happy to tinker around the edges rather than make wholesale changes.

4 months ago

Richard Branson Sold Virgin Atlantic as Competitors Like Norwegian Usurped Its Role

Richard Branson Sold Virgin Atlantic as Competitors Like Norwegian Usurped Its Role

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

Virgin Atlantic may have taken a step back as transatlantic competitors surged but the airline has one asset that everyone wants: those slots at Heathrow. Meanwhile, what does it say about Delta's joint venture with Virgin Atlantic if the latter still finds itself in such a weak position?

11 months ago

Richard Branson Aims to Ride Virgin Galactic Into Space in 2018

Richard Branson Aims to Ride Virgin Galactic Into Space in 2018

Bruce Einhorn, Bloomberg

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, which suffered a fatality in 2014, is losing the space race to Jeff Bezos-backed Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Of course, it's all very early, though.

12 months ago

Richard Branson’s Latest Travel Project Is a Caribbean Dive Site

Richard Branson’s Latest Travel Project Is a Caribbean Dive Site

Justin Ocean and Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Let's just hope scantily clad women in bikinis won't be making an appearance at the grand opening.

1 year ago

Opinion: Virgin and Richard Branson Have a Problem With Women Nobody Talks About

Opinion: Virgin and Richard Branson Have a Problem With Women Nobody Talks About

Jason Clampet, Skift

We are fans of Virgin products and we think that the brand's founder does good work. But we'd also like to see a workplace relatively free of the type of sexist images it promotes at launch events and anywhere else the founder shows up.

1 year ago

Branson Says Several Suitors Vying for Virgin Australia Stake

Branson Says Several Suitors Vying for Virgin Australia Stake

Angus Whitley and Rishaad Salamat, Bloomberg

Lamenting the potential loss of the Virgin America brand after Alaska Airlines acquired it last month, Branson will conceivably do what he can to make sure the same scenario doesn't come to pass with Virgin Australia.

2 years ago

The Death of Virgin America’s Brand and the Aftermath of the Alaska Airlines Sale

The Death of Virgin America’s Brand and the Aftermath of the Alaska Airlines Sale

Marisa Garcia, Skift

First let's get the record straight, we were totally wrong about Delta wanting to add Virgin America as a boutique property to its collection. In the end, Alaska Airlines got it and we’re just not sure what Alaska will do with it; it would seem Alaska isn’t sure either.

2 years ago

Richard Branson Really Wants Millennials Onboard Virgin Cruise Line

Richard Branson Really Wants Millennials Onboard Virgin Cruise Line

Bill Faries, Bloomberg

Not a bad idea, but let's wait until he actually delivers the ships before millennials start sending in their deposits. If Virgin Hotels is any indication, we may be waiting long past 2020 for the next hot demographic to sign up.

3 years ago

Virgin Australia Pays Branson Extraordinary Royalties to Keep Brand Name

Virgin Australia Pays Branson Extraordinary Royalties to Keep Brand Name

David Fickling, Bloomberg

Amid a rough cost-cutting war in Australia, Virgin Australia is hedging its bets by putting the Virgin brand before all other assets as it attempts to attract customers and maintain profitable airfares.

3 years ago

Richard Branson Gets First Tour of Virgin Atlantic’s First Dreamliner

Richard Branson Gets First Tour of Virgin Atlantic’s First Dreamliner

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Virgin Atlantic is making a big bet on these Dreamliners. The airline's entire fleet currently stands at around 40, and within four years as it takes delivery of these new 787s, the Dreamliner will constitute more than half of Virgin Altantic's fleet.

4 years ago