On Wednesday, we launched new service between Los Angeles and San Jose, connecting two of the most vibrant centers of innovation in the country: Silicon Valley and the Silicon Beach. With four daily round-trip flights, the new service allows Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to avoid the hassle of having to travel to San Francisco and fly directly to Los Angeles.
What better way to kick off service to Silicon Valley, which revels in its geekiness, than with our very own #nerdbird? A who’s-who of Silicon Valley geeks — um, entrepreneurs — showed up at the gate to greet the #nerdbird, proudly wearing nerd glasses and pocket protectors. Literally. Getting into the nerdy spirit of things at the gate was our own Entrepreneur-in-Chief, Sir Richard Branson. Wearing glasses held together with tape, Branson did his best impression of a camera-shy nerd, before welcoming guests to a champagne brunch at the gate. Joining Branson were San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Congresswoman Rep. Zoe Lofgren, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group President Carl Guardino.
The LAX-San Jose launch came hard on the heels of our opening of the Newark market and our inaugural LAX-Las Vegas flights – all of which happened in my first month as a Virgin America teammate. Talk about hitting the ground running.
Next stop, Austin. Time to break out cowboy hat and boots!