Virgin America To Launch New Route: Daily Flights From San Jose To Los Angeles

Virgin America To Launch New Route: Daily Flights From San Jose To Los Angeles

Award-Winning Airline brings New Jobs, Lower Fares and Much-Needed Flight
Competition for South Bay Business Travelers

Flyers Can Now Travel in Style between San Jose and Los Angeles, Stay
Connected on the Only Airline with WiFi on Every Flight

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin America, the airline that
is reinventing domestic travel and the only airline headquartered in the Bay
Area, announces it will bring its low-fare, upscale service to Norman Y.
Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) as of May 1, 2013, with tickets on
sale February 5 for four daily roundtrip flights from SJC to Los Angeles
International Airport (LAX). Virgin America's principal base of operation is
San Francisco International Airport (SFO), where it first launched service in
August 2007. The addition of flight service to SJC will expand the airline's
presence in the greater Bay Area and bring new competition and economic growth
to the region. Known for its low-fares and high-style guest service, the
Burlingame-based airline has taken top honors as "Best U.S. Airline" in
bothConde Nast Traveler'sannualReaders' Choice AwardsandTravel +
Leisure'sannual World's Best Awardsevery year since its launch. With
amenities like 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 San Jose travelers.

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"San Jose International Airport is important for Silicon Valley business
travelers and it deserves more flight options," said Virgin America President
and CEO David Cush. "As an airline known for amenities that keep travelers
connected and productive in the skies, we hope our flights can offer some
healthy competition and a better choice for the Bay's entrepreneurs and
business travelers. We are appreciative of the efforts of Mayor Chuck Reed,
Airport Director Bill Sherry and Carl Guardino from the Silicon Valley
Leadership Group, who were instrumental in making this happen and who had the
vision and persistence to push for increased air service options for San Jose
and the South Bay region."

In five and a half years of flying, Virgin America has grown from three
aircraft to a fleet of 52, with expansion to 19 destinations. The airline is
now the second largest airline carrier at its home airport of SFO. In
addition to the nonstop LAX service, the SJC network addition will also create
convenient roundtrip connectivity between San Jose and Virgin America's
Boston, Philadelphia, Newark, Fort Lauderdale, Dallas-Fort Worth, New York
City (JFK), Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando and Washington DC (IAD) destinations.
Virgin America will be the first carrier to offer a First Class cabin on all
SJC-LAX flights. The airline will operate out of SJC's new Terminal A.

"We are grateful to Virgin America for bringing new air service to Silicon
Valley," said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. "As an innovator, Virgin America will
find great support in the world's center of innovation. Silicon Valley is
leading the country in job creation, and Virgin America's new service will
support our job growth with convenient and efficient air service.We
appreciate the confidence shown by David Cush and his team, and we are
enthusiastic about working with them to support Virgin America's investment at
SJC."

"We are delighted to welcome Virgin America as our newest airline partner and
I'm confident they will receive a very warm welcome in San Jose," said SJC's
Director of Aviation Bill Sherry. "Silicon Valley includes the world's most
tech-savvy frequent fliers who we know will love and embrace Virgin America's
unique product and branding; this is a winning combination."

"Our member companies told us loud and clear that increasing air service
options at SJC will directly help their businesses thrive. Our
innovation-based economy here in the Valley is dependent on staying connected,
so we couldn't be more pleased that Virgin America has decided to offer new
nonstop daily flights from SJC," said Carl Guardino, President and CEO of the
Silicon Valley Leadership Group. "With tech-forward service that is a unique
reflection of the airline's roots here in the Valley, Virgin America is a
perfect fit for San Jose. Just as our regional economy has changed how people
live and do business all over the world – our hometown airline has changed how
people fly."

Virgin America's new fleet of Airbus A320 family aircraft offers
custom-designed mood-lit cabins and amenities like fleetwide WiFi, power
outlets and personal entertainment – with live TV including MSNBC, CNN, CNBC
and more – at every seat. The Red™ platform offers guests their own seatback
touch-screen TV, with 25 films, live TV, Google Maps, video games,
seat-to-seat chat, music videos, a 4000 song library and an on-demand menu –
so flyers can order a cocktail or snack from their seatback any time during a
flight. In addition to a Main Cabin that offers custom-designed leather
seating with a deeper, more comfortable pitch, the airline's First Class
offers plush white leather seating with 55 inches of pitch, 165 degrees of
recline and lumbar massagers. The carrier's Main Cabin Select option offers
38-inches of pitch, free food and cocktails, an all-access pass to media
content, dedicated overhead bins and priority check-in/boarding. Last
summer, Virgin America launched a suite of enhancements to its Elevate®
frequent flyer program – including Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver status
levels that offer perks such as: priority check-in, security clearance and
boarding; points earning bonuses; free checked bag allowances; enhanced
digital/social rewards; private discounts; an expanded advance purchase
upgrade window for the airline's exclusive eight-seat First Class;
complimentary space-available upgrades to the carrier's premium Main Cabin
Select service; and complimentary access to the best seat assignments within
Main Cabin. In December 2012, Virgin America opened its first airport lounge
–the Virgin America Loft at LAX, which offers guests a sleek and modern
retreat, with a selection of amenities and a space that reflects the look and
feel of the airline's mood-lit aircraft and overall design aesthetic.

The airline's daily nonstop SJC schedule will be as follows:

FROM TO  DEP  ARR   FROM TO  DEP  ARR
LAX  SJC 700  810   SJC  LAX 635  745
LAX  SJC 1255 1405  SJC  LAX 855  1005
LAX  SJC 1655 1805  SJC  LAX 1450 1600
LAX  SJC 2045 2155  SJC  LAX 1850 2000

Service: Beginning May 1, 2013

In just over five years flying, Virgin America has expanded to 19 airport
destinations and created 2,600 new jobs. The airline flies to San Francisco,
Los Angeles, New York, 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). On April 2, Virgin America will inaugurate
service to its 20^th airport destination – Newark Liberty International
Airport (EWR).

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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. In just over five years flying, Virgin America was named "Best
Domestic Airline" in theCondeNast Traveler2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
'Readers' Choice' Awards and "Best Domestic Airline" inTravel +
Leisure's2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 '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: www.virginamerica.com



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