Virgin America expects the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to approve its recent petition to remove the limit governing how many aircraft the carrier can fly. As it has grown, Virgin America has steadily persuaded the government to add to its fleet size limit, which started in 2007 at 22 aircraft, so it has never had trouble adding aircraft to its fleet. But now that the carrier is a public company with a “strong, healthy balance sheet,” it is asking the government to ...

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