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Today, May 21st: Virgin America Touches Down In Austin: New Nonstop Flights Connect Silicon Valley To The Silicon Hills

05/21/2013 | PR Newswire

 

 

WHAT: Virgin America, the award-winning domestic airline, is celebrating the launch of its new low-fare daily nonstop service to Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) on May 21st with a red carpet send-off for its first commercial flight guests from San Francisco International Airport (SFO). First flight guests include Virgin America CEO, David Cush and the award-winning Austin-based psychedelic rock band, The Bright Light Social Hour ? who will be performing an acoustic set onboard the inaugural flight. With fleetwide WiFi, custom-designed leather seating, power outlets, personal touch-screen entertainment platforms and new aircraft with three classes of service, Virgin America's business-friendly flights will offer a fresh new option for travelers to the region ? and as the music fan's airline of choice, Austin is a perfect fit as Virgin America offers guests a robust library of more than 4,000 MP3s, music videos, the ability to build your own playlist in-flight and more. The airline also hosted a unique social media promotion inviting flyers to show us their "business in the front, party in the back"-style for a chance to win a seat onboard the inaugural flight.

Virgin America ? which has the only on-demand food ordering system in the U.S. ? also recently unveiled its latest upgrade to the Red? platform: a new seat-to-seat delivery feature that allows travelers to send a cocktail, snack or meal to a fellow traveler onboard their flight using a digital seat map. Virgin America already features a seat-to-seat chat platform via its Red in-flight entertainment system, so that travelers can send text messages to other guests on their aircraft. For high resolution photos of Virgin America's interior cabin amenities and exterior see: www.virginamerica.com/vx/photos.

When
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May 21 at 9:15 am (Media should arrive at 8:30 am to allow for check-in and set-up.)

Where:

Terminal 2, San Francisco International Airport (Media must RSVP in advance for access)

Who:

Among the dignitaries scheduled to speak:

San Francisco International Airport Leadership

David Cush, Virgin America President and CEO

Media RSVP:

Stephanie Rosa 916-307-7087or srosa@mercuryllc.com

KEY VISUALS:

Virgin America's all new fleet offers beautifully-designed, moodlit cabins and a host of amenities. The Red? entertainment platform offers guests access to 25 on-demand films, live TV, videogames, music videos, seat-to-seat chat as well as an on-demand menu so flyers can order cocktails or snacks from their seat any time during their flight.

EDITORS NOTE: Virgin America is a U.S.-controlled, owned and operated airline. It 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: 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 Conde 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 2013, Virgin America was also ranked No. 1 performing airline among 14 major U.S. carriers rated for 2012 in the Airline Quality Rating, a joint research project conducted annually by faculty at Wichita State University and Purdue University that looks at airlines' on-time performance and baggage handling, involuntary denied boardings and the customer complaint rates. 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. Since 2007, the airline has expanded to 20 airport destinations and has created 2,600 new jobs. Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Washington D.C. (IAD), Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Portland, and Washington D.C.'s Reagan National (DCA). San Jose, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) on May 21 and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) on June 6. For more: www.virginamerica.com

/PRNewswire
-- May 21, 2013/

SOURCE Virgin America


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