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Richard Branson receives a £550 million wind case out of the sales to Alaska Air of Virgin America, the US low-cost carrier founded by the UK millionaire in 2007. Situated in Seattle, the company said it was willing to $57 (£40) a cut or $2.6 billion in US dollars in Virgin America's purse, which will fly to 21 US and Mexican airports.
The transaction is worth $4 billion, which includes Virgin America's debts and the lease contracts for airplanes. Stocks in Virgin America rose last month according to accounts that the corporation was in sales negotiations. Branson's Virgin Group holds approximately 30% after being listed at $23 per common share in 2014 and valuated at approximately $1.2 billion.
Alaska Air's acquisition means that Branson's share has more than halved in the one and a half years since Virgin America began selling stock to the United States. It has tried to differentiate itself from incumbent U.S. rivals with Branson accents, such as violet cabin lights and aircraft named Virgin & Tonic and Jefferson Airplane.
She is the 9th largest US carrier by number of passengers, with about 1.5% of home air traffic capability, as opposed to 5% for Alaska Air. Mr Branson said he was sorry that the company had been purchased by a rival and that a 25% limitation of holdings to non-US shares restricted his impact on the ruling.
Virgin's VX Holdings holds approximately 18% of the common share capital and the remainder of Branson's non-voting equity interest. However, Branson argued that Virgin America had urged the remainder of the U.S. aircraft manufacturing community to improve customer services, which he said were having a gloomy period before his firm rocked the ship.
"When more and more carriers began to consolidate and grow and concentrate more on the result, air travel in the USA became a terrible one. In spite of our efforts to keep our carrier from traveling, Virgin America has introduced new competitive pressures, lower rates, and a strong emphasis on providing a more pleasant border sensation in the US," he posted in a Monday newsflash.
In 2014, Virgin America achieved a pre-tax income of 61 million US dollars on a turnover of 1.4 billion US dollars, according to the financial statements published in February. When McGee Airways operated a three-seat aircraft from Anchorage in the early 1930', Alaska Air made an unofficial move towards Virgin America at the end of 2015 and got involved in a battle with competitors like JetBlue.
Air said Virgin America would give the company a greater presence in California by expansion into San Francisco and Los Angeles and increase its competitiveness with the major U.S. carriers. Alaska will also be granted more slot space at US northeastern aerodromes such as Ronald Reagan Washington and John F Kennedy and LaGuardia in New York.
The Alaska Islands have a fair value of about 10 billion dollars and fly from more than 100 major airports in the USA, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico. Branson, whose assets are valued at 4. GBP. 4bn, made his assets in Record Busines before focusing on airline companies when he founded Virgin Atlantic in 1984 to acquire British Airways on UK /USA services.
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