Virgin America Named Official Airline of The Women's Conference

The Only California-based Airline Sponsors Conference Hosted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver; Features Exclusive Conference Content on Red

San Francisco – August 24, 2009 –Virgin America, the California-based airline that is reinventing domestic air travel, will help bring together speakers and attendees for The Women’s Conference on October 26-27, 2009, in Long Beach, California. As the Official Domestic Airline of the Conference, Virgin America is flying many of the event’s world-renowned speakers to Los Angeles, hosting a presence on the event floor, and bringing some of the airline’s staff to the event — including many of the start-up carrier’s female leadership, pilots and crew. Virgin America is the only California-based airline and is one of the fastest growing start-up carriers of all time. The airline has created over 1500 mainly California-based jobs since its launch.

This year’s two-day conference is expected to bring together more than 20,000 women, and will feature an extraordinary lineup of speakers, including Virgin Group Founder and President Sir Richard Branson, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, noted journalist Katie Couric, singer Alicia Keys, and many more. Virgin America’s in-flight team members will be staffing a demonstration on the event floor of the carrier’s unique features, including its fleetwide internet service and Virgin America’s award-winning touch-screen Red™ In-Flight Entertainment platform.

“As the only California-based airline, we are proud to once again participate in an event known around the world for bringing together newsmakers and opinion leaders whose stories have empowered positive change in people’s lives,” said Virgin America Vice President of Planning and Sales, Diana Walke. “In keeping with our home state’s entrepreneurial and progressive spirit, Virgin America’s mission has been to reinvent flying with cutting-edge technology and amenities. In true California fashion, this conference brings together innovators from all walks of life to encourage and empower change for the better.”

Headquartered in San Francisco, Virgin America is a new U.S. airline that offers upscale, tech-savvy features like In-Flight Internet service on every flight, power outlets near every seat and beautifully-designed cabins with signature moodlighting. Since launching in 2007, the airline has captured a list of industry best-in-class awards, most recently “Best Domestic Airline” for the second year in a row in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.

Virgin America offers every guest a Red touch-screen entertainment platform that offers an eclectic and diverse range of content at every seatback, including 25 on-demand films, videogames, live TV, seat-to-seat chat and more. In October 2009, Red will debut exclusive content from past conferences, including the “once-in-a-lifetime conversations” that have become the event’s trademark. Exclusive content debuting on Red includes:

  • A conversation between Governor Schwarzenegger and Warren Buffet on “leadership and the economy” moderated by Chris Matthews;
  • A conversation between PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on “leadership and legacy” moderated by CNN’s Campbell Brown;
  • A conversation between His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and First Lady Maria Shriver on the “Power of Women to Shape the World”

“The Women’s Conference is designed to bring together people from around the state, country, and world to empower them to be Architects of Change in their lives and in the lives of others,” said Conference Executive Director Erin Stein. “We’re proud Virgin America is helping us make this happen and giving the thousands of guests they fly every day an opportunity to learn more about this life-changing forum.”

Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Orange County and starting November 18, 2009 – to South Florida. The airline offers over 100 daily flights from: SFO to LAX, SFO to JFK, SFO to SAN, SFO to IAD, SFO to LAS, LAX to JFK, LAX to IAD, SFO to SEA, SEA to LAX, JFK to LAS, BOS to LAX, BOS to SFO, SFO to SNA and beginning November 18, 2009 –SFO to FLL and LAX to FLL.

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Media Contact: Patricia Condon (650) 762-7187 / patricia.condon@virginamerica.com

EDITORS NOTE: Virgin America is a U.S. controlled and operated airline and an entirely separate company from Virgin Atlantic. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is a minority share investor in Virgin America.

About Virgin America: Headquartered in California and launched in August 2007, Virgin America is one of the fastest growing start-up U.S. airlines of all time and currently employs over 1400 people. Virgin America offers guests attractive fares and a host of innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel. The airline’s base of operations is San Francisco International Airport’s ultra-modern International Terminal. The airline’s new aircraft offer interactive in-flight entertainment systems and power outlets near every seat for electronic gear. Virgin America now offers in-flight internet service on every flight and hosts the largest in-flight entertainment library in the domestic skies via its touch-screen Red™ seatback system. In addition to a 25-film library including Oscar winners, foreign language films and Hollywood blockbusters, Red features live TV, videogames, seat-to-seat chat, 3,000 MP3s, music videos, interactive Google maps and more. In just over a year flying, Virgin America was named “Best Domestic Airline” in the Condé Nast Traveler 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards and “Best Domestic Airline” in Travel + Leisure 2008 World’s Best Awards. For more: www.virginamerica.com

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