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Virgin America To Launch Service To Boston Logan
Virgin America, the California-based airline that is reinventing domestic travel, today announced it will serve Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) with daily flights from the West Coast beginning Feb. 12, 2009. Boston will be the eighth city in the airline's growing network. Virgin America plans to fly from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to BOS with two daily roundtrips and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to BOS with three roundtrips.
"Boston is one of the world's premier cities and travel markets, and is a perfect fit for our award-winning service and urban point-to-point, transcontinental business model," said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. "We thank the state, city and airport for their support and warm welcome, and we can't wait to introduce our upscale, high value service to Boston travelers - especially on the SFO-BOS and LAX-BOS routes that until today offered no low fare competition."
Tickets are on sale today on Virgin America's website (www.virginamerica.com) and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (1.877.359.8474). BOS-LAX and BOS-SFO fares start at $149 one way in Main Cabin, $570 one way in the carrier's new Main Cabin Select premium service, and from $999 in its upscale First Class cabin*.
"This new service links two global leaders in the innovative economy with daily flights from Massachusetts to California," said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. "Given the challenging national economy, this is an important endorsement of the economic power of Massachusetts."
Launched in August 2007, Virgin America has won a list of travel industry awards including "Best Domestic Airline" in Condé Nast Traveler's 2008 Readers' Choice Awards and in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards. Virgin America's brand new Airbus A320-family fleet is one of the most fuel efficient fleets in the U.S.
"Virgin America is a great match for Boston and we are happy to welcome them," said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "Linking Boston to Los Angeles and San Francisco is not only important for tourism, but also for the innovative businesses we share, such as venture capital, high technology and biotech. This service will make business easier."
Virgin America offers innovative amenities that appeal to today's tech-savvy business and leisure travelers, including power outlets and the touch-screen RedTM entertainment platform at every seat. The RedTM system allows guests to control their own experience, with a touch-screen food menu, 25 on-demand films, seat-to-seat chat, a play-list of thousands of MP3s, videogames, and live TV. Already launched on one aircraft, by the second quarter of 2009 the carrier will be the first U.S. airline to offer inflight internet service fleetwide.
"We're pleased to welcome Virgin America's new domestic service to the airport and look forward to partnering with them in the years to come," said Thomas J. Kinton Jr., CEO and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Port Authority, which owns and operates Logan. "We are thrilled that Virgin America selected Boston Logan as its newest destination."
In addition to a Main Cabin that offers custom-designed leather seats with a deeper, more comfortable pitch, Virgin America's First Class cabin features international-grade amenities, including white leather seats with 55 inches of seat pitch and lumbar massagers. The carrier's new premium Main Cabin Select service offers 38-inches of seat pitch, complimentary food and cocktails, an all-access pass to Red'sTM countless entertainment options, and priority check-in and boarding.
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