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Virgin America's First Flight Touches Down In Portland

05/30/2012 | PR Newswire

WHAT: Virgin America, the award-winning domestic airline, is celebrating the launch of its new low-fare, upscale nonstop service to Portland International Airport (PDX) with a red-carpet welcome for its first commercial flight guests from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Portland International Airport (PDX). The airline is hosting a Portland-themed Hangar celebration for its first guests, teammates and friends ? just off the runway. Known for its inventive design and amenities like hip moodlighting, fleetwide WiFi and a touch-screen entertainment platform at every seat, the airline has teamed up with IFC around its hit show "Portlandia" to help launch the new service via a unique Facebook promotion. The "Arts and Aircrafts" Facebook app invites Portlanders to help bring the style back to flying by allowing them to upload their favorite photos and "put a bird on it" ? to score a 20% discount off Virgin America flights. The top voted photo winners will join the Portland hangar party and score free PDX flights and a two-night hotel stay.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090123/VIRGINAMERICALOGO)

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 PDX. As a new low-fare airline, Virgin America's growth into the PDX market ? with two daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and one daily nonstop flight from SFO ? will support local jobs, stimulate travel and tourism and spur the increased competition that drives lower fares and better service. For more on the "Portlandia" promotion, visit: http://apps.facebook.com/artsandaircrafts/tab. For more on Virgin America, visit: www.virginamerica.com.


June 5 at 3:20 pm (Media should arrive at 2:30 pm to allow for check-in and set-up.)


Atlantic Aviation Hangar, located east of Portland International Airport (Media must RSVP in advance for access)


Among the dignitaries scheduled to speak:


Whitney Gaglio 714-402-6015 or whitney.gaglio@ogilvy.com

Jennifer Thomas 650-274-7329 or jennifer.thomas@virginamerica.com (Must RSVP by June 1st)


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. Passengers will also be able to enjoy select episodes of "Portlandia" during the flight, as well as show-themed trivia and the chance to win prizes.

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 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

-- May 29, 2012/

SOURCE Virgin America

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