VIRGIN AMERICA ORDERS 60 NEW PLANES, CELEBRATES ‘GROWING PLANES’ WITH SWEET 60 FARE SALE
Award-Winning Airline Triples Fleet Size and Celebrates with $60* Fares, Restrictions, Taxes and Fees Applying
San Francisco – January 17, 2010 – Virgin America today launches a “Sweet 60” fare sale to mark the airline’s order of 60 new Airbus A320 aircraft – with fares starting from $60,* restrictions, taxes and fees applying. The three-year old airline is one of the fastest growing U.S. airlines of all-time, and will nearly triple its fleet size with the new order. With incredibly low fares across its network, Virgin America is encouraging flyers to book a seat today on the “up and comer” carrier named “Best Domestic Airline” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2008, 2009 and 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards and Travel + Leisure’s 2008, 2009 and 2010 World’s Best Awards as well as best-in-class in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Zagat Global Airline survey.
Virgin America is known for its unique in-flight experience and offers mood-lit cabins, WiFi, power outlets near every seat and the Red™ platform – the most advanced in-flight entertainment system in the skies. The Red touch-screen platform offers 30 films, live and premium TV, Google Maps, music videos, videogames, seat-to-seat chat, a 3000 MP3 library, an on-demand food menu and a first-of-its-kind digital Shop section.
With the new Airbus order and growth from other sources, Virgin America’s fleet size is projected to grow from its current 34 aircraft to 111 aircraft by 2019. Virgin America currently flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Toronto, Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Cabos and beginning January 19, 2011 – Cancun. The airline’s fleet growth will continue to fuel expansion to many more exciting new destinations in 2011 and beyond.
“Sweet 60” sale fares start from $60*, restrictions, taxes and fees apply. Fare sale tickets must be purchased by January 19, 2011, and travel must occur between January 31, 2011-February 28, 2011; or March 1, 2011-May 11, 2011. Tickets are on sale today and can be purchased via Virgin America’s Web site (www.virginamerica.com) and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (1.877.359.8474).**
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EDITORS NOTE: Virgin America is a U.S.-controlled, owned and operated airline. It is 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 employs over 1800 people. The airline’s base of operations is San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) International Terminal. In spring 2011 the airline will grow to become an anchor tenant in SFO’s new Terminal 2, which is anticipated to reach LEED-Gold certification. The airline’s aircraft offer beautifully designed mood-lit cabins, WiFi, personal in-flight entertainment platforms and power outlets near every seat. In addition to a Main Cabin with custom-designed leather seats with a deeper, more comfortable pitch, the airline’s First Class offers white leather seats with 55 inches of pitch, 165 degrees of recline and lumbar massagers. The carrier’s Main Cabin Select offers 38-inches of pitch, free food and cocktails, an all-access pass to Red, dedicated overhead bins and priority check-in. For photos and video: http://www.virginamerica.com/about/airline-photos/virgin-america-pictures.html
*Terms and conditions: $60 promotional fare is for one-way travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego or Seattle, between January 31, 2011 and February 28, 2011, subject to these terms and conditions. All promotional fares are one-way, based on travel originating from the U.S., and require a 14-day advance purchase. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm PST January 19, 2011. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, a September 11th Security Fee of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.70 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. For international travel, fares do not include the U.S. Immigration User Fee of $7, the U.S. APHIS fee of $5, and the U.S. International Arrival/Departure tax of $16.30 each way. For service to/from Toronto, fares do not include additional taxes/fees of up to $50, including: Airport Improvement Fee, Canadian Security Fee, Goods and Services Tax, and Harmonized Sales Tax. For service to/from Mexico, fares do not include additional taxes/fees of up to $60, including: Mexico International Departure Tax and Mexico Tourism Tax. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. For domestic promotional fares, different travel periods may apply depending on the fare. For the lower of the two fares listed in all other domestic city pairs above, travel must occur between January 31, 2011 and February 28, 2011, on any day of the week except Sunday, subject to blackout periods on February 18 and 21, 2011; for the higher of the two fares travel must occur between March 1, 2011 and May 11, 2011, on any day of the week except Friday or Sunday. For Mexico and Canada promotional fares, travel must occur between January 31, 2011 and May 11, 2011 (or between January 31, 2011 and May 4, 2011 for Cancun travel) on any day of the week, subject to blackout periods on February 18 and 21, 2011. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Flights may not operate daily. Changes or cancellations can be made for a $75 fee if changes are made on Virgin America’s website (www.virginamerica.com) or a $100 fee through all other channels, including the call center and at the airport, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. Changes or cancellations of a booking made with Elevate Points will be subject to a $75 redeposit fee. Guests who no-show without a change or cancel prior to the scheduled departure time will forfeit the amount of this fare. In addition, any future flights booked in the same reservation will also be canceled and the fare will be forfeited. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through our reservation call center will cost an additional $20 per guest per itinerary. Any added cost associated with purchasing tickets from Virgin America through our reservation call center will be non-refundable. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. Virgin America will accept one (1) piece of checked baggage up to 70 pounds for $25 for each ticketed guest traveling within the U.S. and for free of charge for each ticketed guest traveling to/from Mexico or to/from Canada. The fee per guest for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the second (2) to the tenth (10) is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply.
**Any guest calling within the United States has access to a complimentary telecommunication relay service by dialing 711. For more information, go to: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/telecomm.asp