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Frequent Fliers Update: A Message from THE DIRECTOR OF LOYALTY Re: Virgin America Elevate –> Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

It almost seems as if “Director of Loyalty(!)” Stuart Dinnis is simply assuming this takeover will take off.

We’ll see.

All right, read it and weep, or cheer, depending. See below.

And bye-bye “Fly Girls”

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And bye-bye Fly Models:

Victoria's Secret and Virgin America announce that the next generation airline will be the official "Airline of the Angels" for the 2007 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which will air Tuesday, Dec. 4 on CBS. The two brands will also partner to host the first ever supermodel PJ party inflight this November. In this photo from left to right: Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Karolina Kurkova, Miranda Kerr, Selita Ebanks and Izabel Goulart. Photo Courtesy of Victoria's Secret. (PRNewsFoto/VIRGIN AMERICA) (Newscom TagID: prnphotos065466) [Photo via Newscom]

And bye-bye cheeky, peek-a-boo-loving Sir Richard, who, as a foreigner, was prevented from outright owning the majority of American-owned Virgin America:

British billionaire and showman Richard Branson has declared war on Qantas and other rival airlines with the launch of his new fleet of V Australia passenger jets to fly the Australia-US route.

“I wanted to follow-up on the news announced earlier this week that Virgin America has agreed to be acquired by Alaska Airlines. We’ve received an outpouring of support from many of you about your love for the Virgin America brand and the flying experience, for which we are incredibly humbled and grateful. We’ve also received questions about what this means in the short and long-term for loyal flyers like you.

In particular, many flyers have questions about whether there will be an immediate impact on their Points, Status and the flying experience they’ve come to expect from Virgin America. Please know that you will not see any changes during the next several months – and potentially until the end of the year – until the merger receives regulatory and shareholder approval. Furthermore, there will likely be no significant changes to your flying experience for as many as 18 months or more while the two airlines merge into one. Until the transaction is officially approved – typically a process that can take upwards of six months – both airlines will continue to operate independently and there will be no changes to our flight schedules, the Virgin America product and guest experience, Elevate Status levels or your ability to earn and redeem points. Each airline will maintain separate websites, separate guest service teams and distinct frequent flyer programs. If you book a Virgin America flight, you will fly on Virgin America. In short, there will be no short-term changes in what you have come to expect from Virgin America’s award-winning experience.

At the point when the Virgin America Elevate program is merged into the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ program, you should also know there will be no disruption to your earnings or redemptions. Your Points balance and Status level will be honored in Alaska Airline’s Mileage Plan, which has been ranked the #1 airline rewards program by U.S. News and World Report for the past two years. In addition, you will be able to use your Status levels and earned Points across a significantly expanded network – including 114 destinations in North America and 900 global destinations through Alaska Airline’s robust network of international partners. This means that you can continue to fly Virgin America and accrue Points as normal, from now until when the plans combine, and you can be confident that all your points – whether earned prior to or after the transaction announcement – will be reflected in your new or existing Alaska Mileage Plan account.

For more, you can find our latest Q&A on our website. You can also call us on 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (877.359.8474), should you have any questions. Elevate Silver or Elevate Gold members can contact us by calling your exclusive reservation line or send an email to your dedicated email address when you log into your Elevate account.

Thank you for your loyalty and for flying with us. Together, with Alaska Airlines, our intent is to make this integration as seamless as possible and to create the premier airline for West Coast travelers. As airlines both known for our commitment to operational excellence and guest loyalty – we hope to create an even better flying experience across an expanded network.

Sincerely,

Stuart Dinnis
Director of Loyalty
Virgin America

Frisco Loses “Hometown Airline,” “Thousands of Jobs” – Let’s Look at Excessive Hype for SFO the Past Decade – QANTAS and Vaunted A380

Monday, April 4th, 2016

1. Here’s the news:

Alaska Air Agrees to Buy Virgin America for $2.6 Billion

Does this airline deal “make sense?” IDK, we’ll see.

But let’s now take the chance to take a look at the hype over Virgin America nine years ago, when the Mayor of SF boasted of the “thousands of jobs” what would come from our “hometown airline.”

Flip to the next page to see that.

2. What else, oh the already-failed Airbus A380, the “green” plane what was “going to change everything.” From 2006:

These (A380) aircraft are also very efficient.

But no, not at all, not really. Actually, that’s the problem – A380’s aren’t all that efficient.

Now, did it make sense for SFO to prepare for the arrival of the A380 starting 10-20 years ago? IDK, perhaps, since the feds were paying for most of the work. But this plane certainly was not the future of air travel, as should have obvious to anyone a decade ago.

3. What else, oh, QANTAS.

The airline plans to bring its A380 aircraft to San Francisco on a regular basis in the next few years.

Hey, did this work out? No, not at all. In fact, QANTAS completely abandoned SFO a short time later. It preferred Texas(!) and, of course, Los Angeles, for various reasons.

(And that’s the way it’s been since the 1950’s – QANTAS comes to SFO then starts losing money and then it leaves us and then it comes back to us. This really isn’t under the control of any local Mayors.)

Anyway, that’s how things have gone at SFO the past decade.

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A Rare, Non-Military C-130 Over Frisco: Lynden Air Cargo Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules Flying North, To Alaska

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

These are some of the Lockheed C-130 military airplanes I’ve seen over town over the years, but this here Lynden Air Cargo Lockheed L-100 is the first civilian version I’ve ever spotted.

As seen looking south on Laguna:

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Angry, Angry Walrus and the Noose S/He’s Going to Use to Hang You – Alaska Commercial, 350 Cal

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Walruses, walruses everywhere down in the 94104.

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It’s payback time:

News Flash for the SFMTA: The Billion Dollar Per Mile Subway to No Where in Chinatown is In No Way a “Success”

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Here you go, here’s our SFMTA boasting about America’s worst sub-two-mile pork barrel project, calling it a “success” even before it’s finished.

Oh, here you go, SFMTA, here’s the Gravina Island Highway up in Alaska. Would you call it a “success” as well?

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You see, the people building this pork barrel road to nowhere (that will never ever be used by anybody ever) also had a build schedule to meet.

But is it, was it a “success,” do you think, SFMTA bloggers?

In some ways it’s worse than our Central Subway, but in other ways it’s better.

Isn’t that sad, SFMTA?

Harsh: San Francisco is Still Dancing on the Grave of Sarah Palin, Six Years Later – It’s Halloween 2014

Monday, October 27th, 2014

As seen in Corona Heights:

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Assignment Desk: Q. What was Putin’s Buddy Andrey Melnichenko Doing in SF the Past Week? [A. Nothing Good]

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Evil coming at you:

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Evil hitting the road

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How long would you say this ship is – how about way more than a football field?

It’s so big it takes half a million bucks worth of petroleum to fill up its tanks.

It’s so big it needs a bar pilot to board to guide it out of San Francisco Bay, yesterday evening. See?

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All right, MSM, get up to speed on this recent visit here – just keep reading down.

Who did this guy meet with – corporate and government officials, right? Which ones? Why?

What’s that, what about the Ukraine? Indeed, what about Ukraine?

Hey, speak of the Devil:

Another lawmaker said he had been provided photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Andrey Melnichenko, who owns 92 percent of EuroChem’s shares. Putin even made a well-publicized visit to EuroChem’s potash mine in Gremyachinskoye in 2010.”

Hop on it, MSM.

Tracking a Russian James Bond Villain and His Superyacht in San Francisco Waters: Sausalito, Redwood City, What’s Next?

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Get up to speed on Russian “mathematician” and billionaire Andrey Melnichenko and his floating lair “A” here.

This is a few days back, moored at Sausalito. And then you can see he motored south under the Bay Bridge and the San Mateo Bridge to Redwood Shores:

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Where will he go next? Follow along right here.

(Let’s hope his arrival won’t be followed by The Big One ala Zorin.)

And let’s remember that Redwood City was where the US military’s very own stealth ship, the Sea Shadow, used to be moored for all those years. You know, along with its floating barge, so-called HMB-1 (Howard Hughes Mining Barge One), except that was just a cover for Project Jennifer, a plan from 40 years ago to lift Soviet sub K-129 up from the ocean floor. I’m srsly, Comrades.

And oh yeah, this yacht has a secret James Bond-esque escape pod, just as on the star-crossed K-278

He’s Ba-aack! The Ugly “Stealth Yacht” of Russian Billionaire Andrey Melnichenko Just Docked Near Redwood City

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Here it is, the superyacht named “A,” as seen a few years back in the waters of Marin County:

And here it is again in 2014, like right now at this very instant, down in Silicon Valley near Redwood Shores or Redwood City or whatever:

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And here it was yesterday, in Sausalito again, looks like.

This vessel just fueled up its 200,000(!) gallon tank (that’s more than four times as much as MUNI spilled into San Francisco Bay that one time) to the tune of a half a million dollars up north in Washington State.

So, what are Bro et ux doing down in the Valley?

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Send somebody down there and find out. Talk to his hired goons. Ask him about the James Bond-esque escape pod on the yacht. Ask him about what local companies he’s investing in. You know, that whole routine.

Better Know Your FiDi Highrises: “The California Building” at 350 Cal – Walruses Everywhere – Alaska Connection

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

What used to be at 350 California at Sansome was the 160 foot tall Alaska Commercial Building

But in 1979 it was replaced by the 325 foot tall, 23-story California Building (aka Bank of Tokyo Building and the Union Bank Building).

All that’s left of the Alaska connection are these walrus gargoyles.

See?

I am the walrus, no, I’m the walrus, all day long

Look for these friendly critters the next time you’re in the area.