Category: The VX Files

Stories from the sky and notes from our Virgin America Teammates.

My Day with Richard

Posted by Sean H. on 04.06.14

This week, we bring you a blog post written by one of our teammates, Annette, who had the opportunity to spend the day with Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson through a Virgin competition for Teammates. Annette is a Virgin America Guest Services Teammate (GST) in Las Vegas. Here is her story: Jan 28th is...

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The Rosies Go to Washington

Posted by Jill F. on 03.29.14

  Today we honored five incredible women who paved the way for generations of female workers in the U.S. with a very special red carpet send-off. We paid tribute to five of the original “Rosie the Riveters,” who worked at San Francisco’s local Kaiser Shipyard during World War II, headed to Washington D.C. to meet...

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The Importance of Being (Refresh)ed

Posted by Sean H. on 03.28.14

Virgin America’s annual Refresh program is in full swing with more than 1,300 of the company’s 2,700 teammates already having attended the two-day event. Everyone from pilots and InFlight teammates (ITMs) to our airport-based guest services teammates (GSTs), to our maintenance team and our headquarters staff, is brought together to re-group, refocus and reconnect. During...

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A Plane By Any Other Name

Posted by Madhu U. on 03.17.14

Unlike many other airlines, every one of our 53 Airbus A320-family aircraft has a name. No, this isn’t just the tail number, which our aircraft must have by law. These names are like the names of ships, a unique identifier, and many were sourced from our travelers through contests and partnerships. Last week, we asked...

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Announcing our Honorary Kid Captain

Posted by Monzie A. on 03.11.14

We have a lot of amazing Jetset Kids, but recently we noticed that one little guy was flying above the rest. Meet Chace, aspiring pilot, Virgin America super-fan and all around cool kid. On Thursday, Chace visited our #LAXLoft to get a look at some of “his” planes. What made this visit unique wasn’t that...

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#ButterByMoodlight Takes the Cake

Posted by Jill F. on 03.04.14

Last month, we put a very important decision in the hands of our guests: which custom flavor of Humphry Slocombe ice cream will be added to our First Class menu. We hosted a day of rigorous taste testing at SFO and asked you to tweet us the hashtag of your favorite flavor: #ButterByMoodlight, #CoconutBlondAmbition, or #RedHotBanana. Foodies...

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A Century of Flight

Posted by Sean H. on 02.27.14

Photo courtesy of Brian Blanco/AP Images for IATA On January 1, 2014, commercial aviation marked its 100th anniversary. In 1914, an industry was born when Tony Jannus flew a Benoist airboat from St. Petersburg, Fla., across the bay to Tampa, a 23-minute journey with only a single paying passenger, Abraham C. Pheil. And what a...

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#PlanePitch Perfect

Posted by Sean H. on 02.19.14

One of the things I feel makes Virgin America unique is the potential to socialize on our flights. Don’t get me wrong, because every now and then I love to put my headphones on and zone out to an on-demand film on Red™. But with our Seat-to-Seat Delivery Feature and Seat-to-Seat chat functions, guests are...

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Plane Spoken

Posted by Madhu U. on 02.14.14

All industries use specialized jargon that’s indecipherable to the outside world. The airline industry is no different. In fact, some might say the airline industry is more prone to using dense jargon than most. To help you understand this business we love, we’ve put together a by-no-means comprehensive list of some of the more interesting...

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