Virgin America, the new start- up airline to be based in San Francisco, announced today four additional cities the carrier plans to serve, pending its certification by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The airline has previously announced its inaugural flight will be between San Francisco and New York City (JFK). Within nine months of operation, Virgin America also plans to serve Washington, DC (Dulles), Los Angeles (LAX), San Diego and Las Vegas.
Virgin America expects to serve as many as 10 cities within a year of operation and up to 30 cities within five years of service. Additional cities under Virgin America's consideration include: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Portland, Ore., Raleigh-Durham, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Jose, Calif., Sarasota, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa and West Palm Beach.
The airline is inviting travelers to visit its website, http://www.letvafly.com/, to rank where Virgin America should fly next.
"It's exciting to share our plans for our first destinations we plan to serve this year," said Fred Reid, Virgin America's CEO. "Of course, we're still working hard to complete our certification process. Considering the far reaching, significant changes our investors recently made to the company to address the Department's concerns, we are hopeful to complete the certification process at the earliest possible date."
Virgin America recently unveiled its onboard cabin, including first class seats with 55 inches of seat pitch (legroom) and massage chairs, as well as mood lighting and a digital inflight entertainment system providing on-demand movies and TV, games, music and online chat rooms -- and even self-service mini-bars for snacks and beverages available throughout the flight.
"This is a product that will knock travelers' socks off!" Mr. Reid said. "But it's the U.S. traveler who stands to lose most if Virgin America is denied the chance to fly. We're inviting our future guests around the nation to visit http://www.letvafly.com/, sign our online petition supporting more competition, a better airline experience and lower fares -- and rank where we should fly first!"
The airline intends to create more than 1,000 new U.S. jobs in its first year and up to 5,000 within five years. In addition to this direct job creation, by its fifth year Virgin America will be responsible for indirectly creating approximately 50,000 new U.S. jobs in total.
About Virgin America
Virgin America, a 'new generation' low-fare airline, intends to launch scheduled domestic airline service in 2007 upon government approval. U.S.- owned and operated, Virgin America is based at San Francisco International Airport.
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