Virgin America Celebrates Second Year Anniversary

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- This weekend, Virgin America, the California-based airline that is making flying good again, is marking its second birthday with a special contest to thank its current Elevate Loyalty Program members and welcome its...


Virgin America has proven to be one of the fastest growing U.S. start-up airlines of all time. Since launching on Aug. 8, 2007, the airline has grown to more than 1400 teammates and more than 100 flights a day with service to nine destinations from its home-base at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The only airline based in California, Virgin America has a brand new 28-aircraft Airbus A320-family fleet and has completed more than 45,000 flights, welcomed more than 27 million visitors to its Web Site, and served nearly 5 million guests since its launch. Operationally, Virgin America continues to excel, achieving a consistently high and impressive 83.2 percent A-14 on-time performance for the year-to-date in 2009. The carrier's mishandled baggage rate is also industry-leading, with an average of 1.25 bags per 1000 guests year-to-date in 2009, versus the industry average of 4.29 bags per 1000 guests.

In its first two years of flying, Virgin America has marked a few other notable highlights:

Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston and Orange County. The airline is one of the fastest growing of all time, with a new 28-aircraft Airbus A320-family fleet and daily flights from: SFO to LAX, SFO to JFK, SFO to SAN, SFO to IAD, SFO to LAS, LAX to JFK, LAX to IAD, SFO to SEA, SEA to LAX, JFK to LAS, BOS to LAX, BOS to SFO, and SFO to SNA.

EDITORS NOTE: Virgin America is a U.S. owned, controlled 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 and launched in August 2007, Virgin America is one of the fastest growing start-up U.S. airlines of all time and currently employs over 1400 people. Virgin America 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's ultra-modern International Terminal. The airline's new aircraft offer interactive in-flight entertainment systems and power outlets near every seat for electronic gear. Virgin America now offers in-flight internet service on every flight and hosts the largest in-flight entertainment library in the domestic skies via its touch-screen Red(TM) seatback system. For more: www.virginamerica.com

Terms and Conditions:

* One year of free flights is based on average booking behavior for Main Cabin flights over a 12 month period. Due to the dynamic nature of the Elevate program, 100,000 points can equate to a variety of redemption scenarios, including either up to 20 short haul roundtrips, up to 8 long haul roundtrips, or a combination of both within Main Cabin for example. The points required to redeem an Elevate travel reward on Virgin America will be publicly available on a seat and flight-specific basis and are subject to change.

** One year of free flights is based on average booking behavior for Main Cabin flights over a 12 month period. Due to the dynamic nature of the Elevate program, 100,000 points can equate to a variety of redemption scenarios, including either up to 20 short haul roundtrips, up to 8 long haul roundtrips, or a combination of both within Main Cabin for example. The points required to redeem an Elevate travel reward on Virgin America will be publicly available on a seat and flight-specific basis and are subject to change. No purchase necessary. Legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., 18 years and older who are enrolled in the Virgin America "Elevate" program are eligible. Ends: 8/31/09. To enter and for Official Rules, including odds and prize descriptions visit www.virginamerica.com/onemillion. Void where prohibited.

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