Virgin America to start service between Austin, San Francisco

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by Ellen Braitman / Texas Bloomberg Report

Texas Bloomberg Report

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 7:34 AM

A lot of attention was focused on Houston Monday as United Flight 1 took off for Chicago, restoring the Boeing Dreamliner to service after the fleet's months-long grounding. Passengers included Boeing and United's chief executives.

Speaking of flights from Texas, Virgin America starts service Tuesday between Austin and San Francisco. Local Austin band The Bright Light Social Hour will do a set on board to highlight Virgin's hip, entertainment-focused reputation. Southwest is adding flights between Houston Hobby and Reagan National in D.C. starting Aug. 4.

A call for more details in the fight to take over Dell. The committee working to figure out the company's future asked billionaire investor Carl Icahn to provide more details about his takeover plan. The committee says they can't engage in talks unless the board decides the bid could result in an offer that's better than founder Michael Dell's $24.4 billion plan to take the PC maker private.

AT&T's expanding its home security system to additional cities, including Phoenix and Minneapolis. It's basic "digital life" service includes a home alarm system with higher pricing for packages that include remote video monitoring, door locking and the ability to control lights and temperature.

And the restart of a Phillips 66 refinery in Sweeny is helping send Gulf Coast gas prices down to the lowest in six weeks.

 

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