Virgin America has begun selling tickets from
its website at www.virginamerica.com and new
toll-free phone number, 1-877 FLY-VIRGIN (877 359-8474).The airline will sell in excess of one million seats for travel
from August 8 through February 12, 2008.
Virgin America will inaugurate service on August 8 with two daily
flights between San Francisco International Airport and New York’s John
F Kennedy International Airport and five daily flights between San
Francisco and Los Angeles International. A third San Francisco-New York
flight will be added on August 19 and a fourth on September 9.
On August 29, Virgin America will commence service between New York and
Los Angeles with two daily flights, adding a third on September 16.
Twice daily service between San Francisco and Washington Dulles
International Airport will commence on September 26; between San
Francisco and Las Vegas on October 10 with three daily flights; and
between Los Angeles and Washington, DC on October 24 with two daily
flights. All flights are nonstop, however connections are available
beginning October 10 between Las Vegas and both New York and Washington,
“Today is a great day for our team members, for the State of California
and for consumers everywhere,” said Fred Reid, CEO of Virgin America.
“As the only California-based airline, our goal is to provide topnotch
service, incredibly low fares and some fun, innovative features that we
hope people will love - from custom-designed leather seats to the most
advanced inflight entertainment system in the skies. We can’t wait to
welcome guests on August 8th.”
Whether our guests are traveling in First Class or the Main Cabin, we
hope to provide them with excellent service at affordable prices. We’re
offering last-minute main cabin fares for business travelers that are up
to 60 percent off existing last-minute coach fares—and even our First
Class fares are up to 50 percent below what the legacy carriers charge
Virgin America will offer last-minute main cabin fares for business
travelers that are up to 60 percent off existing last-minute coach fares
and First Class fares up to 50 percent below what most legacy carriers
charge for coach. A simplified fare structure promises transparency with
one-way fares, and no Saturday night stay requirements. Fares between
San Francisco and both Los Angeles and Las Vegas start at $44 in the
Main Cabin and $149 in First Class, each way. For service between
Washington, DC and both Los Angeles and San Francisco, fares start from
$129 and $389 each way in the Main Cabin and First Class, respectively.
For service between New York and both Los Angeles and San Francisco,
fares start from $139 and $389 each way in the Main Cabin and First
Virgin America’s inaugural flights will include live entertainment at
35,000 feet and a host of celebrities, friends and supporters, including
Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin America Chief
Executive Officer Fred Reid. The airline will auction tickets for the
star-studded inaugural flights to support KIPP—the Knowledge is Power
Program, a network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public
schools that serve underserved communities throughout the United States.
Details of this initiative will be announced shortly.
Virgin America is a ‘next generation’ carrier, with airplanes that
include innovative guest features such as custom-designed leather seats,
mood-lighting throughout the cabin and the most advanced personal
in-flight entertainment system in the domestic airline market—with
on-demand movies and TV, games, music and online chat rooms cabins. In
First Class, massage chairs offer 55 inches of seat pitch and 165-degree
Guests can start earning points on eleVAte, the airline’s loyalty
program, from their very first flight and will be able to start
redeeming points in the near future.
Virgin America expects to serve as many as 10 cities within a year of
operation and up to 30 cities within five years of service. The airline
has previously confirmed service to San Diego which will be announced at
a later date.
Additional cities under Virgin America’s consideration include: Atlanta,
Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland,
Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Hartford, Houston,
Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis,
Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix,
Pittsburgh, Providence, Portland, Ore., Raleigh-Durham, Sacramento, Salt
Lake City, San Antonio, San Jose, Calif., Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa and
West Palm Beach.
The airline currently has more than 400 team members, and aims to create
more than 1,000 new U.S. jobs in its first year and up to 5,000 within
five years. In addition to this direct job creation, by its fifth year
Virgin America will be responsible for indirectly supporting
approximately 50,000 new U.S. jobs in total.
Main cabin fares must be purchased by August 8, 2007. Travel must
commence on or after August 9, 2007 and before November 14, 2007. First
Class fares must be purchased by August 8, 2007. Travel must commence on
or after August 9, 2007 and before November 14, 2007. Seats are limited,
subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights.
Tickets are non- refundable and non-transferable. Fares do not include
Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security
Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.40 per
domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. Tickets purchased
from Virgin America through our reservation call centers will be charged
a $5 fee per itinerary. Changes or cancellations can be made without a
fee in First Class and for $40 in the Main Cabin, as well as any
increase in fare.