Virgin America Names New Senior Vice President For Technical Operations

Industry Veteran Named to Oversee Technical Operations for Airline

San Francisco — Feb. 19, 2009 — Virgin America today announced the appointment of Rick Wysong as the airline’s Senior Vice President of Technical Operations. An industry veteran with more than 23 years of experience, Wysong will oversee the award-winning airline’s technical operations.

Wysong most recently served as Vice President of Engineering, Materials and Planning at United Airlines, where he led Engineering, Supply Chain and Fleet Management operations for the carrier and oversaw 600 employees. Previously, Wysong served as the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Budgets for United’s technical division, based at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Wysong also held the position of Vice President of Revenue Management at United’s Chicago headquarters.

“Rick’s experience overseeing large and complex technical operations and his familiarity with our home base at San Francisco International Airport will be invaluable as we continue to grow our fleet and operations in the years ahead,” said David Cush, President and Chief Executive Officer of Virgin America.

Wysong graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Geography from Ohio State University. He also holds a Masters of Science degree in Transportation from Northwestern University. Wysong currently resides with his family in San Mateo, California.

Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego and Boston. The airline is one of the fastest growing of all time, with a new 28-aircraft Airbus A320-family fleet and daily flights from: SFO to LAX, SFO to JFK, SFO to SAN, SFO to IAD, SFO to LAS, LAX to JFK, LAX to IAD, SFO to SEA, SEA to LAX, JFK to LAS, BOS to LAX, BOS to SFO, and starting on April 30 – SFO to SNA.

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EDITORS NOTE: 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:
Launched in August 2007, Virgin America is a California-based airline that offers guests attractive fares and innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel. In its first year flying, the airline captured 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’s Red™ system features a touch-screen food menu, 25 on-demand films, seat-to-seat chat, thousands of MP3s, videogames, and live TV. 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: