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Virgin has been in the news a lot lately, so I thought I'd dust off the old lasso and do a quick roundup.

A step closer to domestic service

Virgin America, the new San Francisco-based carrier due to begin flying in August, has received its operating license, an indication that it has passed U.S. aviation safety standards. Now that the airline has cleared the final hurdle, it can gear up to start selling tickets. Reuters has more.

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All business

Various sources, including Business Travel News Online, are reporting that Virgin Atlantic is planning to launch its own all-business-class carrier within the next year and a half. The airline will connect New York with points in Europe, and will compete with other transatlantic all-business-class carriers such as Eos, Maxjet, and Silverjet.

Coming up from down under

If Virgin Blue has its way, Australia-bound U.S. passengers may get another carrier choice soon. According to this ATWOnline article, Virgin's Australia-based airline has filed an application to operate 10 Australia-U.S. flights per week starting in November 2008.

That would pretty dramatically increase the options for passengers, since currently only Qantas and United fly between the two countries.

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