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 U.S. airline in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Airline Quality Rating report
  • Consumer Reports 2013 Best U.S, Airline
  • Best Domestic Airline in Condé Nast Traveler 2008-2015 Readers’ Choice Awards
  • Best Domestic Airline in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards for 2008-2015
  • Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards — Best Domestic Airline for Food in 2009, 2014 and 2015
  • Ranked #1 Domestic Airline in Travel + Leisure and Fortune Best in Business Travel Survey 2014-2015
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2015 Webby Award for virginamerica.com responsive design, BEST Visual Design — Function Category
  • 2014 Webby Award Honoree for In-flight safety video, Branded Entertainment Category
  • 2013 Webby People’s Voice Award for Branded Entertainment - Scripted (Departure Date) and Tourism and Leisure (experiencevirginamerica.com)
  • 2008 Webby Award Honoree for Travel Website
  • World Airline Awards in Low-Cost Airline North America 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 (formerly Skytrax awards)
  • World Airline Awards Best Airline Staff Service in North America 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Air Transport World 2011 Industry Achievement Awards for Best Passenger Service
  • Premier Traveler Magazine Best In-Flight Service in North America and Best Domestic Airline in 2013
  • Premier Traveler Magazine Best North American Airline for First-Class Service, Best In-Flight Service in North America and Best Domestic Airline in 2012
  • Zagat’s 2010 Global Airlines Survey (of over 8,000 frequent flyers):
    • First overall highest score across all U.S. carriers for quality of service in Main Cabin
    • First for overall quality in First/Business Class among mid-sized domestic carriers
    • First 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):
    • First for overall quality in First/Business Class among mid-sized domestic carriers
    • First for overall quality in the Economy cabin among mid-sized domestic carriers
    • First 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 2015 named Virgin America:
    • Best in Region — Americas
    • Best In-Flight Video
  • 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
  • APEX in 2012 named Virgin America:
    • Best Overall Passenger Experience
    • Best in Region — Americas
    • Best Cabin Ambiance
    • Best In-Flight Entertainment User Interface
  • APEX in 2011 named Virgin America:
    • Best Overall Passenger Experience
    • Best In-Flight Entertainment — Americas
    • Best In-Flight Video
  • APEX in 2010 named Virgin America:
    • Best Overall Passenger Experience
    • Best in Region — Americas
    • Best Ground Experience
    • Best In-Flight Connectivity and Communications
  • APEX in 2009 named Virgin America:
    • Best In-Flight Entertainment — Americas
    • Best Single Achievement in In-Flight Entertainment: on-demand food and drink ordering system on Red™
  • Top-ranked airline in Diet Detective Annual Airline Snacking and Onboard Food Survey with Health Ratings, 2011-2014
  • “Notable In-Flight Dining” in 2014 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 2015 and 2010 Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index Best Places to Work Survey
  • Most Eco-Friendly Airline, SmarterTravel Editor’s Choice, 2010
  • Greenopia’s “Greenest” Domestic Airline, 2011
  • Best U.S. 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
  • Favorite Airline in Gadling’s 2010 Airline Survey
  • Planet Out 2008, Best Airline
  • OMMA Awards 2008, Best Travel Site
  • Spark Awards 2008, Gold, Virgin America Red™ In-Flight entertainment system design
  • Spark Awards 2008, Silver, Virgin America Cabin Interior design