Virgin America Cancels DC Flights Due To Severe Winter Storm; Continues to Waive Change Fees for Impacted Travelers Across Northeast

San Francisco – December 18, 2009 – Due to severe winter storms along the East Coast, Virgin America is cancelling all flights departing to and originating from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) for Saturday, December 19, 2009.

Significant snowfall expected along the eastern seaboard is forcing the airline to cancel scheduled flights originating from and departing to IAD for Saturday, December 19, 2009. Guests on the affected flights are being contacted by Virgin America.

The airline is also encouraging all travelers headed to the East Coast to check their flight status and take advantage of the airline’s current travel waiver. Guests with confirmed flights on Friday, December 18, 2009 and Saturday, December 19, 2009, may change their travel plans without paying change fees or the difference in fares.* Affected guests that contact Virgin America may change their travel dates within a seven day range.

Virgin America advises guests impacted by the severe weather to call Virgin America reservations at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (1.877.359.8474)** between the hours of 3:30AM and 11:30PM Pacific Time to make a change to their itinerary.

During the holiday travel and winter weather season, Virgin America advises all guests to arrive early and remain up-to-date on the status of their flight by checking and/or signing up for Virgin America Flight Alerts.

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Media Contacts:
Abby Lunardini(650) 533-7576 /

Virgin America is a U.S. controlled and operated airline and 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 is one of the fastest growing start-up U.S. airlines of all time and currently employs over 1500 people. Virgin America offers guests attractive fares and a host of innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel. The airline’s base of operations is San Francisco International Airport’s modern International Terminal. The airline’s new aircraft offer interactive in-flight entertainment systems and power outlets near every seat for electronic gear. Virgin America offers in-flight internet service on every flight and hosts the largest in-flight entertainment library in the U.S. skies via its touch-screen Red™ seatback system. The airline was named "Best Domestic Airline” in the Condé Nast Traveler 2008 and 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards and in Travel + Leisure’s 2008 and 2009 World’s Best Awards. For more please visit:

* Applies to any available seat within the same cabin of service.

**Any guest calling within the United States has access to a complimentary telecommunication relay service by dialing 711. For more information, go to: