A Look Back: 2013 By the Numbers

Posted by Sean H. on 12.31.13

1 – Number of Elevate Gold members who earned a flight to space on Virgin Galactic  53 – The number of A320-family aircraft that Virgin America flies (with our latest delivered in April 2013 – Jersey Girl – complete with sharklets!) 85+ Million – the number of miles our aircraft flew in 2013 As 2013...

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Virgin America, FAA Test SWIM

Posted by Madhu U. on 12.20.13

The SWIM program running on an Electronic Flight Bag Virgin America recently became the first commercial airline to test a new system for managing aircraft information while in flight. Part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NextGen air traffic control modernization process, the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) system allows pilots, dispatchers and air traffic...

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Year-end Travel Tips

Posted by Madhu U. on 12.18.13

Photo courtesy of San Francisco International Airport We’re in the thick of the holiday season, with Christmas and New Year’s just around the corner. This year, the airline industry forecasts 44.3 million people will travel in the U.S. between Dec. 16 and Jan. 2.   That’s 41,000 more people in airports every day compared with ...

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Top 10 Travel Gifts for Your Frequent Flyer

Posted by Virgin America on 12.18.13

We’re officially in the home stretch of the holiday shopping season, which means we are constantly surrounded by reminders that time is running out.  Retail emails claiming unbeatable holiday deals are flooding our inboxes.  Rather than add to your holiday shopping panic, we thought we’d remove a layer of stress by putting together a top...

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Enter To Win A Palm Springs Getaway

Posted by Virgin America on 12.17.13

Photo credit: Curtis Gregory Perry Palm Springs is famous for its modernist flair.  In February, the city celebrates its rich architectural heritage with Modernism Week, Feb. 13-23, 2014.  To commemorate this annual “celebration of mid-century design,”  we’re giving away prizes between now and Friday, including sending one lucky winner on an unforgettable trip to to...

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Devouring Portland

Posted by Virgin America on 12.13.13

Here’s the thing about Portland, Oregon:  it’s full of crafty, culinary treats. It’s the hub of up-and-coming breweries and where food carts aren’t just a pop-up fad, they’re a full-on dining experience. When I travel, I prefer to eat and drink my way through the city, which is why I’ve assembled a few must-tries to...

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Safety Video Powers Up

Posted by Madhu U. on 12.09.13

Since the launch of our new safety video in October, the Federal Aviation Administration made some changes to its portable electronic devices (PEDs) guidance. Virgin America guests can now use small PEDs from gate-to-gate . To communicate the changes to guests through our safety video, we incorporated some scenes originally left on the cutting room floor,...

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Speakeasy in the Sky

Posted by Sean H. on 12.09.13

As the weather begins to cool, Virgin America is here to wrap you in a cozy wool sweater this winter – metaphorically speaking – with two brand new specialty cocktails courtesy of Morgan Hotel Group. Inspired by Morgan’s boutique hotels, famed mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana developed these drinks for the 21-and-over crowd traveling on Virgin America...

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CHEAT SHEET | AUSTIN

Posted by Virgin America on 12.05.13

It’s time for our next installment of CHEAT SHEETS. We’ve teamed up with Chefs Feed, the Webby Award-winning food guide powered by chef recommendations, to provide you with a shortlist of recommendations of what to eat and drink while you’re in Austin. Be sure to download the free app for more chef recommendations in your pocket....

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