Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Unlike a virgin: New airline at PHL

For the archives, here are Inquirer and Daily News stories about the launch of Virgin America flights between PHL and the West Coast and the celebrations that followed, at the airport and last night at the Hotel Palomar. Here's hoping all the Hollywood glamour accompanying the arrival here yesterday is not a passing fad.

Unlike a virgin: New airline at PHL

For the archives, here are Inquirer and Daily News stories about the launch of Virgin America flights between PHL and the West Coast and the celebrations that followed, at the airport and last night at the Hotel Palomar. Here's hoping all the Hollywood glamour accompanying the arrival here yesterday is not a passing fad.

In the mantime, does the Virgin America service make it more likely that PHL will also be on the route map of Virgin Atlantic, the bigger and better-known name in Richard Branson's galactic empire? Probably not, any time soon. What Branson said in decades past in response to that question likely still holds ... we'll think about PHL-London flights but in the meantime, trundle 80 miles up the NJ Turnpike to Newark, V-Atlantic's original North American airport. V-Atlantic also flies to Washington, practically surrounding PHL with service.  

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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