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Updates on stuff and things at Virgin America.

Best in Class

Posted by Sean H. on 06.03.14

Every industry has their awards: Oscars for the big screen, Emmys for television, and Tonys for the stage. For the travel industry, and airlines in general, some of the major awards include those from Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, the World Airline Awards, the Airline Passenger Experience Association and Consumer Reports. Condé Nast Traveler...

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We’re Feeling the Love

Posted by Sean H. on 05.12.14

A big, Texas-sized thank you to the more than 27,000 people who #LoveToFlyVirgin and signed our petition at www.freelovefield.com When we launched sales on new flights from Dallas Love Field to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York, we pledged $20 per booking from that day to KIPP Dallas Fort-Worth College Prep Public Schools....

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Free Love Field: Make it a ‘Fare’ Fight

Posted by Sean H. on 05.04.14

Last week, Virgin America made quite a splash in Dallas when we announced we’d been selected by the Department of Justice as the recipient of two Love Field (DAL) gates – to ensure there is a bit of free market competition in the Big D. All good, right? Not so fast: Although one airline currently controls 90%...

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New Feature: Destination Acclimation with Nest

Posted by Virgin America on 03.31.14

Ask any of our InFlight Teammates what the most common request they get is, and they’ll tell you that it’s to turn the heat in the cabin up or down. We’re happy to announce that we’re putting those controls into the hands of our guests by teaming up with Nest – the company that has...

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#ButterByMoodlight Takes the Cake

Posted by Jill F. on 03.04.14

Last month, we put a very important decision in the hands of our guests: which custom flavor of Humphry Slocombe ice cream will be added to our First Class menu. We hosted a day of rigorous taste testing at SFO and asked you to tweet us the hashtag of your favorite flavor: #ButterByMoodlight, #CoconutBlondAmbition, or #RedHotBanana. Foodies...

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#PlanePitch Perfect

Posted by Sean H. on 02.19.14

One of the things I feel makes Virgin America unique is the potential to socialize on our flights. Don’t get me wrong, because every now and then I love to put my headphones on and zone out to an on-demand film on Red™. But with our Seat-to-Seat Delivery Feature and Seat-to-Seat chat functions, guests are...

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Congratulations, Virgin Australia!

Posted by Madhu U. on 01.31.14

Our sister-branded airline Virgin Australia this week celebrated a very significant milestone, marking its tenth anniversary of international flying. From that first flight between Christchurch, New Zealand and Brisbane, Australia, Virgin Australia has grown to serve 16 international destinations. Virgin Australia launched in 2000 as Virgin Blue, operating two aircraft on a single route between...

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Virgin America, FAA Test SWIM

Posted by Madhu U. on 12.20.13

The SWIM program running on an Electronic Flight Bag Virgin America recently became the first commercial airline to test a new system for managing aircraft information while in flight. Part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NextGen air traffic control modernization process, the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) system allows pilots, dispatchers and air traffic...

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Year-end Travel Tips

Posted by Madhu U. on 12.18.13

Photo courtesy of San Francisco International Airport We’re in the thick of the holiday season, with Christmas and New Year’s just around the corner. This year, the airline industry forecasts 44.3 million people will travel in the U.S. between Dec. 16 and Jan. 2.   That’s 41,000 more people in airports every day compared with ...

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