US Dept. of Transportation granted final approval Friday for Virgin America to begin operations, ending a prolonged process in which the airline was forced to revise its certification application to ease concerns it would be under the influence of minority owner Virgin Group, a non-US citizen that has a 25% stake in the airline. While DOT previously had required that CEO Fred Reid step down as part of its tentative approval (ATWOnline, March 21), it agreed to allow him to serve for six more ...

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