Virgin America has gotten big enough to come under the Transportation Department’s on-time reporting rules, and will begin to report its data for the first time in 2012, according to a technical directive from the DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Regionals Atlantic Southeast and Mesa will no longer be required to report, though Mesa has said it will report voluntarily.

ExpressJet, which had been reporting voluntarily in 2011, will be required to report in 2012.

The on-time reporting rule is mandatory for airlines that generate 1% or more of scheduled-service domestic passenger revenue. That works out to $766.4 million.

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