New San Francisco-Las Vegas Flights Celebrated in True Vegas Style, with Showgirls, Celebs and a Wedding Performed by Sir Richard Branson at 35,000 ft.
SAN FRANCISCO , Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin America, America's newest airline, today launched service between its home base of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). Virgin America kicks off three daily flights between Fog City and the Strip, with a party and inaugural flight, showgirls from La Reve, Carmen Electra, World Series of Poker Champ Jamie Gold , Kyla Ebbert (who was famously removed from another airline's flight because of an "inappropriate" outfit) and an in-flight wedding performed by Sir Richard Branson .
"Virgin America and this city are both famous for having a little fun and doing things differently and we wanted to kick off our service in true Vegas fashion," said Virgin America Chief Executive Officer Fred Reid . "With moodlighting, mini-bars, leather seats and the most advanced in-flight entertainment system in the U.S. skies -- Virgin America is the perfect way to escape for a lost weekend in Vegas."
With 25 movies on demand, onboard instant messaging, videogames, 3,000 MP3 tracks and a host of other features that add up to a totally different flying experience, Virgin America is also offering attractive fares: $44* one-way San Francisco-Las Vegas fares in the Main Cabin and $149* one-way in First Class. This means travelers can fly to Vegas in high style and still save their money for the blackjack tables. With the addition of Las Vegas , Virgin America now serves five cities: San Francisco , New York, Los Angeles , Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas . Virgin America will also offer connections beginning today from both New York and Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas . On November 4 , Virgin America will add two more daily roundtrips to Vegas from San Francisco for a total of five flights a day.
Inaugural festivities will begin at the departure gate at SFO, where Mr. Reid will be joined by Virgin Group Founder and Chairman, Sir Richard Branson , as they welcome famous guests and Virgin America friends on board the first flight to Vegas. Later that day, Penn & Teller will host a dare-devil "Virgin America Takes Vegas" stunt at the Palms, where Branson will "drop-in" with his usual derring-do. The fun will continue that evening with a party at the Wynn Resort, which will feature the cast of Showtime's hit series "Dexter" and a celebrity poker game hosted by Jamie Gold with all proceeds going to the winner's charity of choice.
About Virgin America:
Virgin America is a next generation low-fare, high-value airline that will serve as many as 10 cities within its first year of operation and up to 30 cities within five years. Virgin America's brand-new planes offer guests their own interactive inflight entertainment systems, plugs for laptops and other portable electronic devices, the ability to order food or chat with other guests from their own video touch-screen and a host of other features aimed at bringing fun back to flying. Virgin America offers the following city pairs: San Francisco-New York; San Francisco-Washington Dulles; San Francisco-Los Angeles, Los Angeles-New York; San Francisco-Vegas; and Los Angeles-Washington Dulles (Starting Oct. 24). To learn more about Virgin America: www.virginamerica.com
* All fares are one way. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. All fares require a 14-day advance purchase. Changes or cancellations can be made for a
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