Virgin America Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Holly Nelson Named to Airline’s Top Financial Post

San Francisco – March 19, 2009 – Virgin America, the California-based domestic airline, today announced the appointment of Holly Nelson as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Nelson joins Virgin America in April, and will oversee the award-winning airline’s financial operations, including treasury, tax, financial planning and analysis, accounting, financial reporting, budgets, procurement and fleet planning. Nelson brings 23 years of financial experience in the commercial aviation sector to the Virgin America team.

“Holly brings an invaluable depth of financial expertise, specifically with growing start-up airlines. We’re pleased to welcome Holly to the team, and know that with her experience she will play a critical role in driving continued cost-efficiencies and strong revenue performance, as we grow the company and expand our innovative, low-fare service,” said David Cush, President and Chief Executive Officer of Virgin America.

Nelson most recently served as Senior Vice President Finance and Controller at XOJET, Inc. Nelson also served as Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at JetBlue Airways. In her six years at JetBlue, Nelson was instrumental in taking the airline into the public markets and contributing to its successful growth. Nelson has also held senior positions with Northwest Airlines, Inc., Eos Airlines, Inc., Nabisco Brands, and KPMG. Nelson is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Launched in August 2007, Virgin America has won a list of travel industry awards including, “Best Domestic Airline” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards and in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. The airline is one of the fastest growing and best financed U.S. start-up carriers of all time, with a new 28-aircraft Airbus A320-family fleet.

Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston and starting April 30, 2009 – Orange County.

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EDITORS NOTE: Virgin America is a U.S.-controlled and operated airline and 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:  Launched in August 2007, Virgin America is a California-based airline that offers guests attractive fares and innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel. The airline’s Red™ system features a touch-screen food menu, 25 on-demand films, seat-to-seat chat, thousands of MP3s, videogames, and live TV. Already launched on half its fleet, by the second quarter of 2009 the carrier will be the first U.S. airline to offer in-flight internet on every flight. In addition to a Main Cabin that offers custom-designed leather seats with a deeper, more comfortable pitch, Virgin America’s First Class features international-grade amenities, including seats with lumbar massagers. The carrier’s Main Cabin Select service offers 38-inches of seat pitch, complimentary food and cocktails, an all-access pass to Red™ and priority check-in and boarding. To learn more: