Virgin America Launches Service to San Diego
San Francisco, Calif. -- Feb. 12, 2008 -- Virgin America, California's home-town airline, today launched service between its base of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and San Diego International Airport (SAN). Beginning today, Virgin America will offer three daily flights to SAN, expanding to five daily flights on March 9. Convenient connecting flights also are available from SAN via SFO from New York's JFK International and Washington Dulles International airports.
"As California's home-town airline, we're bringing cutting-edge technology and the best in entertainment to the skies and we're thrilled to now link two of the state's most beautiful cities," said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. "We think that San Diegans will find that stepping on to a Virgin America plane is unlike any flight experience they've had before."
With power outlets and a video touch-screen at every seat, Virgin America offers guests interactive, on-demand entertainment and in-flight services. Virgin America's brand new planes were created with the tech-savvy traveler in mind and the Red™ In-flight Entertainment system allows guests to control what and when they want to eat with a food ordering system on their individual seatback touch-screen. Guests also have access to live TV, 25 films, 3,000 MP3s, videogames and a seat-to-seat chat feature. Virgin America's SFO-SAN fares start at $39* one way in the Main Cabin and $149** one way in First Class.
The inaugural celebration begins with a send-off reception featuring a San Diego-style surf band and a ribbon cutting on the new route at the San Francisco departure gate, where Mr. Cush and Virgin Group Founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson will welcome VIP guests onboard the airline's first flight to San Diego.
Virgin America's unique moodlighting will set the tone for a Valentine's themed inaugural flight. With the airline's signature "Vir-million" champagne cocktails and a San Francisco couple who actually met on a Virgin America flight, there will also be plenty of flirty in-flight text messaging in honor of Valentine's Day.
Upon arrival at San Diego International Airport, the plane will receive a traditional water-cannon salute, followed by a red carpet welcome on the tarmac with San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and the world-famous Charger Girls.
Later that evening, The Ivy Hotel's Envy Nightclub in the Gas Lamp District will host a swanky "Love Virgin America Style" party with a red carpet entrance, Justin Timberlake's DJ Mark Da Spot, as well as a bevy of San Diego and Hollywood celebs like Kendra Wilkinson from E!'s The Girls Next Door. Virgin America's trademark cabin mood-lighting and seat-to-seat chat stations will be re-created for the event.
The fun doesn't stop at the end of the night as guests take home some love with celebrity swag bags crafted by Madison and Mulholland, filled with goodies like Bucky 40 winks eye masks, Harry & David Valentine truffles, Skype cards and much more.
Abby Lunardini, Director of Corporate Communications - 650.533.7576 / firstname.lastname@example.org
About Virgin America:
Virgin America will serve as many as 10 cities within a year of operation, and up to 30 cities within five years. Virgin America's base of operations is San Francisco International Airport's ultra-modern, spacious and convenient International Terminal. The airline's brand-new Airbus A320-family aircraft offers guests moodlighting, an interactive in-flight entertainment system, power outlets at their seats and a host of other features aimed at bringing a little fun back to flying. In Zagat's 2007 Global Airlines Survey of frequent fliers, Virgin America was ranked number one among domestic carriers for overall quality in First/Business Class and second among domestic carriers for overall quality in the Main Cabin. To learn more: www.virginamerica.com
*All Main Cabin fares are one way. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. All fares require a 7-day advance purchase. Travel must be completed by March 12, 2008. Changes or cancellations can be made for a $40 fee, plus any increase in fare if applicable. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through our reservation call centers will cost an additional $10 per passenger per itinerary. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. The start dates for certain non-stop service are as follows: San Diego (SAN) - San Francisco (SFO) on February 12, 2008; San Francisco (SFO) - Seattle (SEA) on March 18, 2008 and Los Angeles (LAX) - Seattle (SEA) on April 8, 2008. Fares, routes, and schedules are subject to change without notice. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.50 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket.
**All First Class fares are one way. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. All fares require a 3-day advance purchase. Changes or cancellations can be made without a fee, but any increase in fare will apply. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through our reservation call centers will cost an additional $10 per passenger per itinerary. Seats are limited, subject - availability, and may not be available on all flights. The start dates for certain non-stop service are as follows: San Diego (SAN)-San Francisco (SFO), February 12, 2008. Fares, routes, and schedules are subject - change without notice. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up - $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up - $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.50 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket.
EDITORS NOTE: Virgin America is a U.S. controlled and operated airline with no relation to Virgin Atlantic. The Virgin Group is a minority share investor in the airline.