Virgin America today marks its sixth anniversary with festivities that celebrate the airline’s continued job growth, network expansion and consistent award-winning service.
In honor of the young carrier’s milestone, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee proclaims today (August 8, 2013), “Virgin America Day” in the City of San Francisco. As a thank you to its loyal flyers on this sixth year together –Virgin America this week has launched a “Celebrate our Swingin’ Sixth” network-wide fare sale for travel between August 24, 2013-December 11, 2013. Main Cabin fares start as low as $49**. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm CDT tonight, August 8, 2013. Tickets are on sale today via www.virginamerica.com and 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (1.877.359.8474). **
“Six years ago we started this airline from scratch and set out to build an experience that would make flying good again for travelers,” said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. “Since then, our loyal guests have embraced a better way of flying and we’ve swept all the major travel awards every single year – that’s a testament to the hard work of all of our dedicated teammates.”
“Since its launch in 2007, Virgin America has created more than 2,600 jobs in the Bay Area, remained committed to embracing innovation and quality customer service and has continued to grow roots in the community through its charitable partnerships,” said San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee. “Our City is proud that Virgin America calls San Francisco home, and it’s with great pleasure that I once again proclaim today ‘Virgin America Day’ in San Francisco in celebration of six remarkable years.”
Virgin America has much to celebrate; in its first six years of operations, it has expanded to 23 new destinations, created more than 2,600 new jobs, welcomed nearly 25 million flyers and swept the major travel industry best-in-class awards, including “Best Domestic Airline” in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012and 2013 and “Best Domestic Airline” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards.
“Since its launch of operations six years ago, Virgin America has taken an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to air travel and put down strong roots in the Bay Area,” said Congresswoman Jackie Speier. “I wish the airline and its thousands of employees a happy anniversary and many more years in the skies and on the ground.”
This weekend, the Official Airline of the San Francisco Giants continues the birthday celebration with sports fans at a special “Virgin America Day at AT&T Park,” as the San Francisco Giants host the Baltimore Orioles on August 10th. The game will open with the first ceremonial pitch thrown by a lucky Virgin America flyer who won the coveted honor via a social media contest earlier this month. The winner and their guest will also get to relax and watch the game from the Virgin America Loft at McCovey Cove, join Lou Seal for a “Seal-ebrity” ride and receive a bonus of 10,000 Elevate points – good toward blackout-free reward flights on Virgin America. Virgin America will also be asking fans to “Shake Their Lou Thing” on Instagram Video during the game using the hashtag, #DoTheLou to enter to win a “dance-along” with San Francisco Giants mascot, Lou Seal, on DiamondVision and receive two roundtrip tickets anywhere the airline flies. As a birthday present to its hometown, Virgin America will offer all attendees at AT&T Park this Saturday a two-for-one flight voucher***on the airline that just last month captured Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Domestic Airline title for the sixth year in a row.
“We’re proud to have the best airline in the U.S. as the Official Airline of the San Francisco Giants – and it’s been a wonderful partnership over these last few years. Virgin America, its teammates and travelers have been devoted fans in cheering us on – all the way to the World Championship,” said Giants President and CEO, Larry Baer. “From one hometown champ to another, congratulations Virgin America.”