Virgin America, the airline whose operating certificate was denied by the U.S. government because it was deemed to be a foreign entity, and thus in violation of law mandating American ownership of domestic airlines, isn’t giving up. (Background here.)
The CEO of the airline, Fred Reid, is pitching the airline’s comforts, especially the seatback entertainment system (I’m amused by the chat room feature), which is pretty nice. But he’s not just marketing the airline’s offerings. He can’t, after all. They don’t fly anywhere yet. So he’s asking people to sign a petition at their website, letVAfly.com.
As dumb as I think protectionism is for the airline industry, the law is the law, and the airline hasn’t done enough, it seems, to convince regulators otherwise. Their ownership structure is absurdly convoluted (hat tip to CrankyFlier). How will a petition, even if it’s signed by thousands of people salivating for better inflight entertainment or 110V power sockets, help get this airline off the ground? That doesn’t change their ownership structure.
In any case, the video below offers the cabin tour. What do you think?