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Virgin America Announces New Nonstop Service to Austin and Anchorage



     Virgin America Announces New Nonstop Service to Austin and Anchorage

#Nerdbird Express: Flyers Can Now Travel in Style between Silicon Valley and
Austin's 'Silicon Hills' with WiFi on Every Flight

Award-winning Airline Also Announces New Summer Seasonal Service to Anchorage
from SFO

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin America, the airline that
is reinventing domestic travel, announces it will bring its low-fare,
tech-forward flights to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) beginning
May 21, 2013. Tickets are on sale today for a daily nonstop roundtrip flight
from the carrier's home base at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to
the Texas capital – also known as the "the live music capital of the world."
 As the only domestic airline to offer WiFi on every flight, and with features
like power outlets and personal touch-screen entertainment platforms at every
seat, Virgin America's flights will offer a fresh new option that will keep
travelers connected and productive when journeying between two of the nation's
leading innovation hubs.  In addition, the airline announced today it will
offer seasonal service from SFO to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
(ANC) with six nonstop roundtrip flights a week from June 6, 2013, through
September 9, 2013.  Tickets for both new destinations are available for
purchase now at www.virginamerica.com and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN* with SFO-AUS
fares from $89** and SFO-ANC fares from $199** (taxes and fees included and
restrictions applying).

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

"Austin and Anchorage present unique opportunities for us to expand our
network into areas that demand and deserve increased flight options," said
Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. "Austin and San Francisco share
strong cultural and business links, and the addition of Anchorage will allow
us to offer seasonal service to one of the most popular outdoor destinations
from our home in San Francisco.  For the Austin route in particular, Virgin
America's service will provide more options for business travelers who want to
stay connected during their journey between Austin and the San Francisco Bay
Area.  No matter which state their job is based in, guests on Virgin America
can stay productive – even at 35,000 feet."

Connecting flights will be available from Austin to the carrier's Seattle, San
Diego, Los Angeles and Las Vegas destinations.  Connecting flights will be
available from Anchorage to the carrier's Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego,
Chicago and Philadelphia locations.  For those travelers interested in both of
these new destinations, there will be connectivity from AUS to SFO to ANC.

As the only airline headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area and the first
and only airline to offer WiFi on every flight, Virgin America has attracted a
loyal following of tech-forward flyers since its launch in 2007.  The
airline's current #myVXexperience media campaign highlights loyal frequent
flyers known for being innovators in their own fields.  In 2011, the airline
gave one of its aircraft a name with a hashtag – #nerdbird – in a nod to the
prevalence of wired travelers on its flights. The airline's Elevate members
have routinely named Austin as a 'most wanted' destination within the
airline's growing network.  In addition to being the Texas capital, the Austin
area is home to the University of Texas at Austin and a robust technology and
innovation sector – many Bay Area employers including Apple, Google and Intel
have significant presence in the Austin area. 

"Austin and the San Francisco Bay Area share deep business ties, especially
our world-class innovation and tech sectors.  In order to facilitate tourism
and subsequently keep Austin the thriving city we're so proud of, I've been
stressing for some time that we need more nonstop flights in and out of our
airport," said Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell. "I am pleased to see that Virgin
America is adding a nonstop flight to and from the great city of San
Francisco, and we welcome them as the newest airline to Austin-Bergstrom
International Airport.  This new service will increase travel demand, offer
convenient new options for business and leisure travelers, and spur local
economic growth. With Virgin America's tech-focused features onboard, I think
the service will be well-received by Austinites."

"We are delighted to welcome Virgin America to Anchorage," said Ted Stevens
Anchorage International Airport Manager John Parrott.  "As Alaska's largest
city, it is essential to both our local and state economies that we have ample
options when it comes to flying. This additional connectivity will undoubtedly
bring economic growth by stimulating both tourism and business travel."

Known for its tech-forward amenities and unrivalled in-flight entertainment,
Virgin America has taken top honors as "Best U.S. Airline" in both Conde Nast
Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Awards and Travel + Leisure's annual World's
Best Awards every year since its launch.  Virgin America's new fleet of Airbus
A320 family aircraft offers custom-designed mood-lit cabins and the most
advanced personal entertainment platform in the skies.  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 the ability create and save your own playlist in-flight), music videos,
parental control settings 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. 

"Not all airlines are built the same: with new mood-lit planes with three
classes of service, WiFi and touch-screen entertainment at every seat – all
for competitive fares, our service offers travelers an elevated experience
that is very different from the stripped down, no frills service that is
typical of many domestic airlines," added Cush.

Virgin America's expansion in these new markets will bring new competition,
lower fares and economic growth to the regions. As a new entrant airline,
Virgin America has been a case study for how more airline competition can
directly improve fares and service for consumers.  When Virgin America entered
the SFO-Chicago O'Hare (ORD) market in 2011 and the SFO-Dallas-Fort Worth
International (DFW) market in 2010, fares dropped by over one-third on these
routes.  An SFO-commissioned study shows the impact of new low-fare service
from 2006-2011 as having lowered fares for SFO travelers overall by 18
percent.  

The airline's SFO–AUS schedule is as follows:

From To  Dep    Arr   Frequency
SFO  AUS 10:15a 3:35p Daily
AUS  SFO 5:00p  7:00p Daily

Service: Beginning May 21, 2013

The airline's SFO-ANC seasonal schedule is as follows:

From To  Dep     Arr     Frequency
SFO  ANC 8:00pm  11:55pm Daily except Tuesday
ANC  SFO 12:50am 6:25am  Daily except Wednesday

Service: SFO-ANC service beginning June 6, 2013, ANC-SFO service beginning
June 7, 2013

Virgin America's principal base of operation is San Francisco International
Airport (SFO), where it first launched service in August 2007. Virgin's
expansion to 19 airport destinations has 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).  In
April, Virgin America will inaugurate service to its 20^th airport destination
– Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and in May it will launch new
service to San Jose Norman Y. Mineta International Airport (SJC).

Photos of Virgin America's unique
aircraft: http://www.virginamerica.com/about/airline-photos/virgin-america-pictures.html 

Broadcast quality video b-roll can also be downloaded
at: http://www.virginamerica.com/about/airline-company.html

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. 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

*Any guest calling within the United States has access to a complimentary
telecommunication relay service by dialing 711. For more information, go to:
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/telecomm.asp   

Fare Terms and Conditions

**All Main Cabin fares are one-way. Main Cabin fares for ANC-SFO require a
21-day advance purchase and travel must occur between June 6, 2013 and
September 9, 2013. Main Cabin fares for AUS-SFO require a 21-day advance
purchase and travel must occur between May 21, 2013 and June 29, 2013 or
September 3, 2013 and September 30, 2013. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm
CST February 13, 2013. Lowest sale fares are available only on certain
itineraries. Lowest sale fares are only valid for travel on Tuesdays and
Wednesdays. 2013 blackout dates are: 5/23, 5/24, 5/27, 5/28, 7/2, 7/3, 7/5,
7/7, 8/30 and 9/2. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be
available on all flights. Flights may not operate daily. Tickets are
non-refundable and non-transferable. Changes or cancellations can be made for
a $100 fee per guest through all channels, plus any increase in fare, if
applicable. Any remaining balance will be placed in a guest's travel bank,
good for travel on Virgin America for one year from date of issue. Changes or
cancellations of a booking made with Elevate Points will be subject to a $100
redeposit fee per guest. Guests who no-show without a change or cancellation
prior to the scheduled departure time will forfeit the amount of this fare. In
addition, any future flights booked in the same reservation will also be
canceled and the fare will be forfeited. Tickets purchased from Virgin America
through our reservation call center will cost an additional $20 per guest per
itinerary. Any added cost associated with purchasing tickets from Virgin
America through our reservation call center will be non-refundable. Fares will
not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used
ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without
notice. Virgin America will accept up to ten pieces of checked baggage, up to
50 pounds each, per ticketed guest traveling within the U.S. The fee for each
piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds is $25. Additional fees apply to
baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may
apply.

SOURCE Virgin America

Website: http://www.virginamerica.com
Contact: Jennifer Thomas, +1-650-274-7329, jennifer.thomas@virginamerica.com
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