San Francisco – June 13, 2013 – Virgin America today reported its preliminary operational results for May and May year-to-date. Virgin America’s May traffic (revenue passenger miles) rose 4.8 percent on a 1 percent decline in capacity (available seat miles).

Load factor for May 2013 was 82.9 percent, up 4.6 points from May 2012. The number of onboard passengers rose 10.6 percent from the same month in 2012.

Virgin America estimates May passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) to have risen between 8 and 9 percent compared with May 2012.

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About Virgin America: Headquartered in California, Virgin America offers guests attractive fares and a host of innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel. In just over five years flying, Virgin America was named “Best Domestic Airline” in the Condeé Nast Traveler 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 ‘Readers’ Choice’ Awards and “Best Domestic Airline” in Travel + Leisure’s 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 ‘World’s Best’ Awards. In April, Virgin America was named the best airline in 2012 in the Airline Quality Rating, a joint research project conducted annually by faculty at Wichita State University and Purdue University that analyzes airlines’ on-time performance and baggage handling, involuntary denied boarding and the customer complaint rates as reported by the DOT. Most recently, Virgin America was voted “Best Airline” by Consumer Reports Magazine. The airline’s base of operations is San Francisco International Airport (SFO)’s sleek and sustainable new Terminal 2. The airline’s new aircraft offer interactive in-flight entertainment systems and power outlets near every seat. Virgin America offers GogoTM WiFi on every flight and hosts the largest in-flight entertainment library in the North American skies via the touch-screen Red™ platform. Since its launch in 2007, Virgin America has created 2,600 new jobs and now flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Washington D.C. (IAD and DCA), Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs (seasonal), Philadelphia, Portland, San Jose, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Anchorage (seasonal). For more:

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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.