Almost a sure deal: Jet Blue buying Virgin America

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As reported by For Business News, the US airline, JetBlue, is close to a deal to purchase Virgin America.

This would be a major move of two air carriers in the United States to get into the big league.

Travelers have reason to be wary of such mergers. Many of today’s hated airline practices, including adding loads of fees, eliminating hubs and routes, shrinking seat space, and packing planes fuller than ever, can be traced back to the previous round of mergers that saw carriers such as Continental, US Airways, and AirTran disappear.

More as it develops.