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US Dept. of Transportation.(NORTH AMERICA Report)

* US Dept. of Transportation granted final approval for Virgin America to begin operations, ending a prolonged process in which the airline was forced to revise its certification application to ease concerns it would be under the influence of Virgin Group in violation of US citizenship laws.

While DOT previously had required that CEO Fred Reid step down as part of its tentative approval, it agreed to allow him to serve for six more months, giving him the opportunity to oversee the launch of a carrier whose certification he has spearheaded since leaving Delta Air Lines in April 2004. …

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