Sunday, 25 February, 2018


Alaska, Virgin America Granted Single Operating Certificate

Melba Vasquez | 12 January, 2018, 17:34

Alaska completed its takeover of Virgin America in December 2016 but said there would be no immediate differences for passengers flying with the two airlines after the award of the operating certificate.

It's another last for Virgin America - the Federal Aviation Administration's approval of a single operating license with Alaska Airlines Thursday officially signals the end of Virgin flights.

As of April 25, consumers who try to book a flight via Virgin America's website or app will be redirected to Alaskaair.com.

As Alaska Airlines continues to roll out changes to its brand and product, it does plan to adopt many of our favorite Virgin America elements, including mood lighting (blue lighting will replace the iconic purple lighting), music, and enhanced in-flight entertainment.

"This is a big moment for our company". Since then, a tremendous amount of work and planning has been done to align the operating policies and procedures of the two carriers, which is part of the thorough regulatory requirements established by the FAA to achieve a single operating certificate. "We're now recognized as a one airline in the eyes of the FAA". The company is also working to supply iPads to Virgin America pilots, Alaska says. More than 10,500 frontline employees have been trained on the updated policies and procedures.

There has been a steady flow of accomplishments on integration. Officials of Alaska Airlines maintain that they plan to incorporate and continue numerous popular features of Virgin America, such as its brash interior lighting effects and varied electronic entertainment options. Alaska Airlines said it expects to consolidate its operations control center in Seattle by March.

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