New York, New York: Virgin America Touches Down at Laguardia
Award-Winning Airline Now Serves All Three Major New York City-Area Airports
Only Airline to Offer Three Classes of Service, Personal On-Demand Entertainment, WiFi on Every Flight between LaGuardia and Dallas Love Field – Airline Celebrates w28ith Special Fares Starting from $89* from DAL to LGA (taxes and fees included and restrictions applying)
San Francisco — October 28, 2014 — Virgin America, the California-based airline that is reinventing air travel, today launches its new service from New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) with four daily nonstop flights to Dallas Love Field (DAL). From today, the airline is now servicing all three major airports in New York, providing guests with more choice and convenience when travelling from the East Coast, with now up to 20 flights departing the New York metropolitan area each day. Virgin America has already built a loyal following of bi-coastal flyers with its nonstop flights from LAX and SFO to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Virgin America’s new LGA service is perfectly tailored to the modern business traveler – offering both business-friendly amenities onboard and convenient airport options. Dallas’ beautifully renovated Love Field is a 10-minute car ride to that city’s downtown business district and LaGuardia offers convenient access for those headed to or from Manhattan. Virgin America will be the only carrier on the Dallas Love Field to LaGuardia routes to offer a consistent, upscale product on every flight — with three classes of service (including a First Class cabin and a Main Cabin Select premium economy service) as well as fleetwide WiFi, power outlets at every seat, confirmed seating, an award-winning full service food menu and touch-screen seatback entertainment available for every guest. To kick off the new flights, Virgin America is offering a celebratory “Go Nonstop to the Big Apple” fare sale with fares starting from $89.* Fares are on sale today only at www.virginamerica.com and 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (1.877.359.8474).**
“We are excited to expand our footprint in New York even further with the addition of LaGuardia, becoming only the second low-cost carrier to serve all three major airports in the metropolitan area,” said Virgin America Senior Vice President of Planning and Sales, John Macleod. “We have had a great response to our fares so far, demonstrating that travelers are ready for more fare and product competition at LaGuardia, particularly on this key business route to Dallas Love Field. Our twenty new teammates here at LaGuardia can’t wait to showcase our industry-leading product and service to even more New York travelers.”
Virgin America secured 12 slots at LGA earlier this year as part of the American Airlines merger settlement. The new services have been timed to provide convenient connections with Virgin America’s new nonstop schedule from DAL. This includes three daily nonstop flights from DAL to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). With a loyal following of business travelers, the airline recently announced plans to add a fourth daily trip from DAL to DCA, SFO and LAX as of April 2015.
“We are very pleased to welcome Virgin America to LaGuardia Airport,” said Lysa Scully, General Manager of LGA. “Expanded air travel strengthens existing business ties and benefits both the economies of both cities, while also providing additional travel options for customers throughout the metropolitan region.”
Earlier this month, Virgin America opened its doors on a stylish new home at Love Field. The airline’s First Class VIP check-in lounge is located adjacent to its new Love Field ticket counters, and will give First Class guests and Elevate Gold members an upgraded experience from the moment they arrive at the airport’s convenient downtown location – complete with a dedicated Virgin America VIP concierge to assist with their travel needs. The space features modern furniture selected in collaboration with the Dallas-based design group Corgan – including Cassina Tre Pezzi lounge chairs, an Eames chair and ottoman and Foscaraini “Twiggy” floor lighting. The check-in lounge is also enclosed by a LED-lit divider wall by Molo Design. The airline’s ticket counter offer user-friendly and modern white kiosk tables with touch-screen panels and a concierge desk look-and-feel. Virgin America’s new gates also received the “Virgin” treatment, highlighting the brand’s British roots with a classic red London phone booth and art photography capturing moments in Virgin brand history through the decades – from Virgin Records to Virgin Galactic.
Virgin America is also offering up to 20 percent off First Class flights*** using the promocode POSH20 through October 30th for travel from October 30th through November 29, 2014. In addition to a Main Cabin that offers custom-designed leather seating with a deeper, more comfortable pitch, the airline’s First Class cabin offers plush white leather seating with 55 inches of pitch, 165 degrees of recline and lumbar massagers. The carrier’s Main Cabin Select service offers 38-inches of pitch, free food and cocktails, an all-access pass to media content, dedicated overhead bins and priority check-in/boarding. The Red™ in-flight entertainment platform offers guests their own seatback touch-screen TV, with more than 20 films, live TV, Google Maps, videogames, a 3,000 song library and an on-demand menu, which allows flyers to order a cocktail or snack from their seatback any time during a flight. Virgin America’s airport lounge – The Loft – is located at LAX and its Elevate frequent flyer program offers no black-outs or restrictions on rewards seats with three levels of status including Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver. The airline has been named the “Best Domestic Airline” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for the past seven consecutive years. The airline was also named Travel + Leisure’s “Best Domestic Airline for Food” this year. In April, the airline was ranked as the top U.S. carrier in the Airline Quality Rating, an annual study measuring on-time rates, guest satisfaction and other key metrics conducted by Wichita State and Embry-Riddle University.
About Virgin America:
Known for its mood-lit cabins, three beautifully designed classes of service and innovative fleetwide amenities — like touch-screen personal entertainment, WiFi and power outlets at every seat, Virgin America has built a loyal following of flyers and earned a host of awards since launching in 2007 — including being named both the “Best U.S. Airline” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards and “Best Domestic Airline” in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for the past seven consecutive years. Virgin America’s airport lounge The Loft is located at LAX and its Elevate frequent flyer program offers no black-outs or restrictions on rewards seats with three levels of status including Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver. For more: www.virginamerica.com
* Terms and Conditions:
All Main Cabin fares are one-way and require a 21-day advance purchase. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. CT on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Travel must occur between December 3, 2014 and February 28, 2015. Travel for JFK-FLL must occur after January 8, 2015. Lowest sale fares are available only on certain itineraries. Lowest sale fares are only valid for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Blackout dates for 2014 are: December 20, 23-24, 27, 30-31. Blackout dates for 2015 are: January 3. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Flights may not operate daily. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. For travel solely between points in the Western Region (LAS/LAX/PDX/PSP/PVR/SAN/SEA/SFO/SJD only) changes or cancellations can be made for a $75 fee per guest through all channels, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. For all other itineraries, changes or cancellations can be made for a $150 fee per guest through all channels, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. Any remaining balance will be placed in a guest’s travel bank, good for travel on Virgin America for one year from date of issue. Changes or cancellations of a booking made with Elevate Points will be subject to a $100 redeposit fee per guest. Guests who no-show without a change or cancellation prior to the scheduled departure time will forfeit the amount of this fare. In addition, any future flights booked in the same reservation will also be canceled and the fare will be forfeited. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through our reservation call center will cost an additional $20 per guest per itinerary. Any added cost associated with purchasing tickets from Virgin America through our reservation call center will be non-refundable. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. Virgin America will accept up to ten pieces of checked baggage, up to 50 pounds each, per ticketed guest traveling within the U.S. The fee for each piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply.
**Any guest calling within the United States has access to a complimentary telecommunication relay service by dialing 711. For more information, go to: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/telecomm.asp
*** This offer ends on October 30, 2014 at 11:59pm PT. Travel requires a 7 day advance purchase and must occur between October 30, 2014 and November 29, 2014. Promo code is valid for First Class tickets only. Promo code is valid for a 20% discount off the base fare for travel Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Promo code is valid for a 10% discount off the base fare for travel Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Promo code is not valid for travel on Sunday. Promo code is only valid on First Class fares. Promo code may be used only towards newly booked travel and may not be applied to prior bookings. Promo code discount will be deducted off of base fare. Base fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of $5.60 per one-way trip or stopover, and a Federal Segment Tax of $4.00 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. A stopover is a break in travel of more than 4 hours between 2 flights. For service to/from Mexico, base fares do not include the U.S. Immigration User Fee of $7, the U.S. APHIS fee of $5, the U.S. Customs processing fee of $5.50, a U.S. International Arrival/Departure Tax of $17.50 each way and additional taxes/fees of up to $70, including: Mexico International Departure Tax and Mexico Tourism Tax. Promo code may not be redeemed for cash. Promo code may only be used for bookings made on virginamerica.com and is only valid on itineraries of up to 2 guests only. Offer is not transferable and cannot be combined with any other offers. Promotion code is not eligible for Elevate point redemption bookings. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. If travel is changed or cancelled, promo code discount will become invalid. For First Class, changes or cancellations can be made without a fee; an increase in fare will be collected if applicable. Any remaining balance will be placed in a guest’s travel bank, good for travel on Virgin America for one year from date of issue. Guests who no-show without a change or cancellation prior to the scheduled departure time will forfeit the amount of this fare. In addition, any future flights booked in the same reservation will also be canceled and the fare will be forfeited. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through our reservation call center will cost an additional $20 per guest per itinerary. Any added cost associated with purchasing tickets from Virgin America through our reservation call center will be non-refundable. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. . For Main Cabin Select, Virgin America will accept one (1) piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds free of charge for each ticketed guest. The fee per guest for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the second (2) to the tenth (10) is $25. For First Class, Virgin America will accept two (2) pieces of checked baggage up to 50 pounds free of charge for each ticketed guest. The fee per guest for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the third (3) to the tenth (10) is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply.
SOURCE: Virgin America