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August 31, 2012

Virgin Airlines offers customers free trip to space

     London: In a one of a kind move, British airline Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited has offered free trip to space to the customer who accumulates the most frequent flier points over the next year. Virgin Airlines billionaire boss Richard Branson's space tourism company Virgin Galactic is working on providing would-be astronauts with sub-orbital flights to just outside of the earth's atmosphere, with a price tag of 200,000 dollars. The customer who builds up the most points between now and August 7, 2013 will be given a free flight to space in Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, the Daily Mail reports. The runner-up will be treated to a free zero-gravity flight aboard a modified aeroplane on earth. Virgin Galactic, billed as the world's first commercial 'spaceline', has carried out successful test flights using SpaceShipTwo, but it is yet to fly any tourists into space. Over 500 people have paid deposits to secure a place on a 200,000 pound trip, the paper said.
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