Awards

Since launching in August 2007, Virgin America has racked up a list of travel industry “best in class” awards. Check out a few who have recognized our success in creating an airline that people love.

  • Ranked #1 performing U.S. airline in the 2013 and 2014 Airline Quality Rating report
  • Best Domestic Airline in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards
  • Best Domestic Airline in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Travel + Leisure’s  World’s Best Awards — Best Domestic Airline for Food in 2009 and 2014
  • Ranked #1 Domestic Airline in Travel + Leisure and Fortune 2014 Best in Business Travel Survey
  • Fast Company's Top 50 Most Innovative Companies, 2015 (#8)
  • Best U.S. Business/First Class in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Business Travel Poll
  • Consumer Reports 2013 Best U.S. Airline
  • Shorty Award 2014 Winner for in-flight safety video, Best Use of Video in a Social Media Campaign
  • Ted Talks 2014 “Ads Worth Spreading” Challenge winner for in-flight safety video
  • Webby Award 2014 Honoree for In-flight safety video, Branded Entertainment Category
  • World Airline Awards Best Low-Cost Airline in North America 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 (formerly Skytrax award)
  • World Airline Awards Best Service in North America 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Skytrax World Airline Awards Best cabin staff in North America 2009
  • Air Transport World 2011 Industry Achievement Awards for Best Passenger Service
  • Voted Premier Traveler Magazine’s 2012 Best North American Airline for First-Class Service, Best In-Flight Service in North America and Best Domestic Airline.
  • Zagat’s 2010 Global Airlines Survey (of over 8000 frequent flyers):
    • #1 overall highest score across all U.S. carriers for quality of service in Main Cabin
    • #1 for overall quality in First/Business Class among mid-sized domestic carriers
    • #1 for overall quality in the Economy cabin among mid-sized domestic carriers
    • Top marks for track record on sustainability
  • Zagat’s 2009 Global Airlines Survey (of over 5,500 frequent flyers):
    • #1 for overall quality in First/Business Class among mid-sized domestic carriers
    • #1 for overall quality in the Economy cabin among mid-sized domestic carriers
    • #1 ranked Web site among domestic airlines
    • Top marks for track record on sustainability
  • Executive Travel Leading Edge Awards, Overall Best Domestic Airline 2012
  • Executive Travel Leading Edge Awards, 2011:
    • Gold: Top Domestic Airline Overall
    • Gold: Top Domestic Airline Customer Service
    • Bronze: Top Domestic Airline First-Class Service
  • The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) in 2014 named Virgin America:
    • Best Overall Passenger Experience
    • Best in Region — Americas
    • Best Ground Experience
    • Best Cabin Ambience
    • Best In-Flight Video
  • The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) in 2013 named Virgin America:
    • Best Overall Passenger Experience
    • Best in Region — Americas
    • Best Ground Experience
  • The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) in 2012 named Virgin America:
    • Best Overall Passenger Experience
    • Best in Region — Americas
    • Best Cabin Ambiance
    • Best In-Flight Entertainment User Interface
  • The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) in 2011, named Virgin America:
    • Best Overall Passenger Experience
    • Best In-Flight Entertainment in the Americas
    • Best In-Flight Video
  • The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) in 2010, named Virgin America:
    • Best Overall Passenger Experience
    • The Best in Region: The Americas
    • The Best Ground Experience
    • The Best In-Flight Connectivity and Communications
  • The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) in 2009 named Virgin America:
    • Best In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) in the America’s
    • Best Single Achievement in In-Flight Entertainment: on-demand food and drink ordering system on Red™
  • Five Stars for the Diet Detective Annual Airline Snacking and Onboard Food Survey with Health Ratings, 2011
  • Notable In-Flight Dining distinction in SAVEUR Culinary Travel Awards for First Class and Main Cabin
  • Travel Zoo’s Best U.S. Deals 2014, Leading Provider of Domestic Airfare 2012 and Leading Provider of Domestic Airfare Deals 2011
  • Best Travel Company to Work For — Glassdoor
  • Perfect Score in the 2015 and 2010 Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for Best Places to Work
  • Most Eco-Friendly Airline, SmarterTravel Editor’s Choice, 2010
  • Greenopia’s “Greenest” Domestic Airline, 2011
  • Best Domestic Airline in Business Traveler Magazine’s 2009 and 2010 “Best in Business Travel Survey”
  • ATME Atlas Award for Innovation, 2010
  • Executive Travel Leading Edge Awards, Editors Honors, 2010
  • Arthur Frommer’s 2007 Extra Mile Award in best new travel values for 2007
  • Favorite Airline in Gadling’s 2010 Airline Survey
  • Planet Out, Best Airline
  • 2013 Webby People’s Voice Awards for Branded Entertainment Scripted (Departure Date) and Tourism and Leisure (Experiencevirginamerica.com)
  • 2008 Webby Award Travel Website Honoree
  • OMMA Awards, Best Travel Site
  • Spark Awards 2008, Gold, Virgin America RED™ In-Flight entertainment system design
  • Spark Awards 2008, Silver, Virgin America Cabin Interior design