Thursday, November 26, 2009

Virgin America launches service to Fort Lauderdale

Sir Richard Branson welcomes first flight guests
(Photo: Irene Chen)
San Francisco, California-based Virgin America began service from San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 with twice-daily nonstop flights. Fort Lauderdale is the tenth destination in Virgin America’s network since its launch in August 2007. Fares to Fort Lauderdale start at $99 each way.
Virgin America operates a young fleet of Airbus A320s that feature mood lighting, leather seats, WiFi access, touch screen entertainment and power outlets at every seat, and on-demand food service.

Sir Richard Branson addresses the press and guests
(Photo: Irene Chen)
To celebrate the launch of their “Golden State to Gold Coast” flights, inaugural flight guests enjoyed complementary WiFi access, food service and cocktails by KARMA California Brut, Patron Tequila, and VeeV Acai Spirit. Golden on-board makeovers were provided by Bare Escentuals. Upon landing, guests were welcomed by Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group, with a fire engine waterhose salute and a red carpet reception on the tarmac.

 Santigold performs at the W Hotel Fort Lauderdale
(Photo: Irene Chen)

Afterwards, the celebration continued at the W Fort Lauderdale with a performance by Santigold.

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