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FILE - In this April 4, 2019, file photo Richard Branson, of Virgin Group, waves as he arrives on a Brightline train in West Palm Beach, Fla. The partnership between Richard Branson's Virgin and the private Florida passenger train service Brightline, which began with the British entrepreneur's trademark pizazz, has ended quietly with a whimper. Brightline announced in a monthly report that it has ended its affiliation with the Virgin Group and will stop its rebranding to Virgin Trains USA. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

US passenger train company drops Virgin as partner

Aug. 11, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The partnership between Richard Branson's Virgin Group and the private Florida passenger train service Brightline has ended with a whimper, less than two years after it was celebrated with Branson's typical pizzazz. Brightline announced in a monthly report that it has ended...

FILE - In this June 16. 2011, file photo, Richard Branson, president of Virgin Atlantic Airways, attends a news conference in Miami Beach, Fla. Branson announced that Virgin was starting flights between London and Cancun, Mexico. Virgin Atlantic, the airline founded by British businessman Branson, filed Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, for relief from creditors as the virus pandemic hammers the airline industry. The airline made the filing in U.S. federal bankruptcy court in New York after a proceeding in the United Kingdom. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Virgin Atlantic airline files for US bankruptcy protection

Aug. 5, 2020 1:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Virgin Atlantic, the airline founded by British businessman Richard Branson, filed Tuesday for protection in U.S. bankruptcy court as it tries to survive the virus pandemic that is hammering the airline industry. The airline made the Chapter 15 filing in U.S. federal bankruptcy court in New...

Virgin Australia planes are parked at terminal at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Virgin Australia will cut about 3000 jobs as the airline struggles with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Virgin Australia plans to shed staff under new US owners

Aug. 5, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Virgin Australia plans to scale down its operations under new U.S. owners and shed a third of its staff as the carrier adjusts to the pandemic, the nation’s second-largest airline said on Wednesday. The Brisbane-based company in April became the world’s largest...

FILE - This May 25, 2020 file photo shows a Virgin Orbit Boeing 747-400 aircraft named Cosmic Girl taking off from Mojave Air and Space Port in the desert north of Los Angeles. Virgin Orbit says it's determined what caused the failure of its debut rocket launch and is working toward a second flight that will carry small satellites for NASA. The company experienced a premature shutdown of its main rocket engine on Memorial Day moments after the launch vehicle was released from beneath the wing of a modified Boeing 747 off the Southern California coast. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman, File)

Virgin Orbit determines cause of rocket launch failure

Aug. 3, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Orbit said Monday it has determined what caused the failure of its debut rocket launch and is working toward a second flight that will carry small satellites for NASA. The Long Beach, California, company founded by Richard Branson, experienced a premature shutdown of its...

This undated photo released by Virgin Galactic shows the interior of their SpaceshipTwo Cabin during a flight. Highly detailed amenities to enhance the customer experience were shown in an online event Tuesday, July 28, 2020, revealing the cabin of the company's rocket plane, a type called SpaceShipTwo, which is undergoing testing in preparation for commercial service. There are a dozen windows for viewing, seats capable of being customized to each of six passengers and mood lighting. (Virgin Galactic via AP)

Virgin Galactic shows off passenger spaceship cabin interior

Jul. 28, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Passengers flying Virgin Galactic on suborbital trips into space will be able to see themselves floating weightless against the backdrop of the Earth below while 16 cameras document the adventures, the company said Tuesday. Highly detailed amenities to enhance the customer flight...

Today in History

Jul. 18, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, July 18, the 200th day of 2020. There are 166 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 18, 2013, Detroit, which was once the very symbol of American industrial might, became the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy, its finances ravaged and its...

Disney Parks executive to take CEO role at Virgin Galactic

Jul. 15, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Colglazier, a Disney executive, has been appointed chief executive officer of Virgin Galactic as the space tourism company prepares for commercial service. Colglazier has most recently been president and managing director of Disney Parks International, Virgin Galactic said...

Virgin Atlantic raises $1.8 billion before planned restart

Jul. 14, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Virgin Atlantic has raised 1.2 billion pounds ($1.8 billion) from private sources, including from founder Richard Branson, the company said Tuesday, as it tries to rebuild its battered finances following the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic. Branson's Virgin Group will provide 200...