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Virgin America's First Flight Touches Down in Philadelphia

03/23/2012 | PR Newswire

WHAT: Virgin America, the award-winning domestic airline, is celebrating the launch of its new low-fare, upscale nonstop service to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) with a 'Tailgate on the Tarmac' reception for its first commercial flight guests from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Virgin America will be the first new U.S. airline to launch service at PHL in eight years. At a time when most U.S. airlines have been cutting capacity, Virgin America is growing and bringing needed nonstop competition from California's largest airports to PHL (LAX flights as of April 4 and San Francisco International Airport flights as of April 10). As a new low-fare airline, Virgin America's growth into the PHL market will create jobs, stimulate travel and tourism and spur the increased competition that drives lower fares and better service.

Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter will welcome the airline's first guests at a unique celebration on the PHL tarmac. After enjoying live TV (including broadcast sports games), great food and WiFi under the carrier's signature moodlighting en route from LAX-PHL ? Virgin America's first guests including actor Glenn Howerton, hip hop artist Wiz Khalifa and model/actress/singer Amber Rose will be met by the Mayor, Branson and some Philly "super-fans" for the ultimate 'touch-down" party on the tarmac. As the entertainment and sports fans' airline of choice, Virgin America teamed up with FX's hit show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia to offer fans the chance to join the show's sports-crazed Greenman and castmember Glenn Howerton for the ultimate tailgate ? celebrating the touch-down of the first Virgin 'tail' at PHL. The airline's Facebook page has more details on the super-fan tailgate and fly-away.

When: Wednesday, April 4 at 2:35 pm (Media should arrive at 1 p.m. to allow for check-in and set-up.)

Where: Philadelphia International Airport (Media must RSVP in advance with name & date of birth for gate access)

Who: Among the dignitaries scheduled to speak:

RSVP: Whitney Gaglio/ 714.402.6015 cell/ whitney.gaglio@ogilvy.com (Must RSVP by March 30th)

KEY VISUALS:

Virgin America's all new fleet offers beautifully-designed, mood-lit cabins and a host of amenities. The Red? entertainment platform offers guests access to 35 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.

NOTE TO EDITORS: 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 is a new domestic airline that 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 (SFO). Known for beautifully-designed planes with WiFi, power outlets and touch-screen entertainment at every seat, Virgin America has swept the travel awards since its 2007 launch, including being named "Best U.S. Airline" in Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards and Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards.

The airline's new aircraft offer interactive in-flight entertainment systems and power outlets near every seat. In addition to a Main Cabin that offers each guest a personal TV, power outlets and a leather seat with a deeper, more comfortable pitch, the airline's First Class Cabin offers plush white leather seating with 55 inches of pitch, 165 degrees of recline and lumbar massagers. The carrier's Main Cabin Select offers 38-inches of pitch, free food and cocktails and priority check-in/boarding. For more: www.virginamerica.com

 

Contacts:

Patricia
Condon

Whitney Gaglio

 

650.906.8147 (cell)

714.402.6015 (cell)

 

patricia.condon@virginamerica.com

whitney.gaglio@ogilvy.com

/PRNewswire/ March 23, 2012

SOURCE Virgin America


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