Alaska Airlines announced on Wednesday that it will retire the Virgin America brand sometime in 2019. The Seattle-based airline bought Virgin America last year for $US2.6 ($3) billion with the hope of expanding beyond the Pacific Northwest. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin America, apparently cried when he heard the news. Why? Well, it means he'll be losing money.
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Video: Alaska Airlines changed a flight plan Tuesday just so passengers could see the only solar eclipse of 2016. Now, video of the bonkers in-flight entertainment at 11,000m is up on YouTube.
In anticipation of tomorrow's total solar eclipse — and to meet the requests of diehard eclipse chasers — Alaska Airlines Flight 870 will alter its usual departure time to maximise the view of this rare and spectacular celestial event.