Virgin America's Birthday Wish: Enough Profit for an IPO

Virgin America Airlines CEO David Cush at San Francisco International Airport Photograph by Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via Corbis

Virgin America’s first flight was six years ago today, and it marked the start of a financial paradox for the airline: Passengers love its hip ethos and service quality, yet not enough to make the carrier profitable for more than a handful of months.

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