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Virgin Galactic's goal to fly tourists into space as early as this summer is about 12 years later than initially promised by its founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson. But many of its customers, including Gisli Gislason, aren't sweating it.Since its early days, Virgin Galactic specifically set out to win customer loyalty, knowing its attempt to become the world's first commercial spaceline would likely see its share of setbacks. So featuring its top salesman Branson, the company prioritized exclusive experiences for its "future astronauts," building a community that has stayed loyal through years of pushed deadlines and a fatal 2014 crash.More than 600 people from 58 countries have put down a deposit for a 90-minute flight priced at $250,000, up from $200,000 in 2013 .Now, after a crewed SpaceShipTwo test flight to space in December 2018 and another carrying a test passenger in February, Virgin Galactic is inching closer to commercial flight.After consulting with customers, the company went ahead with one of its planned annual Virgin Galactic trips to Necker Island just a few weeks after the crash.Now, after years of huge setbacks and surreal highs, Virgin Galactic's ticket holders are edging closer to their flights.
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