San Francisco – January 10, 2014 – Virgin America today reported its preliminary operational results for December and the full year 2013. The airline's December traffic (measured in revenue passenger miles) rose 7.1 percent on capacity (in available seat miles) that was 0.8 percent lower than in the same month in 2012.

Load factor in December was 81.9 percent, up six points from the same month a year prior. The number of onboard passengers rose 10.7 percent from December 2012. Load factor for the full year was 80.2 percent, up one point from 2012.

Virgin America estimates its December 2013 passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) to have increased between 10 and 11 percent, compared with December 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. Virgin America was named "Best Domestic Airline" in the Condé Nast Traveler 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 "Readers' Choice" Awards and "Best Domestic Airline" in Travel + Leisure's 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 "World's Best" Awards. 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 Gogo™ WiFi on every flight and hosts the largest in-flight entertainment library in the North American skies via the touch-screen Red™ platform. For more:

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.