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Virgin America Announces Service to Seattle

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Dec 12, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (TVLW) - Virgin America today announced that tickets are on sale for service to Seattle from both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Flights between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) will begin on March 18, 2008, with three conveniently timed daily roundtrip flights. In addition, three daily roundtrips between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and SEA will begin on April 8, 2008. Virgin America plans to add a fourth LAX-SEA daily roundtrip flight beginning May 11, 2008. The airline will also offer connecting flights from Seattle to JFK and Washington Dulles via LAX and SFO and to Las Vegas and San Diego via SFO.

"We are excited to begin flying to one of the largest and most important travel cities in the nation and we hope that the residents of Seattle will embrace the innovative features we are bringing to the market," said Virgin America President and Chief Executive Officer David Cush. "With plugs to charge your laptop and electronic gear and a 9" video touch-screen at every seat with 25 on-demand movies, live TV, 3,000 MP3s, videogames and in-flight text messaging -- our brand new planes were made for the tech-savvy Seattle traveler."

Virgin America's SFO-SEA fares start at $77 one way in the Main Cabin and $177 one way in First Class.* LAX-SEA fares start at $99 one way in the Main Cabin and $199 one way in First Class.*

Virgin America's new planes feature moodlighting, custom-designed leather seats and the most advanced in-flight entertainment system in the skies. The Red(TM) system allows guests to order food, watch one of 25 movies or live TV, play a videogame, create a playlist from over 3,000 MP3 music tracks or even text message other guests from their seatback. Virgin America also plans to be one of the first U.S. airlines to begin offering air-to-ground broadband internet service at every seat. Starting some time in 2008, the airline plans to offer guests access to the internet (including any email provider) either from their personal electronic devices/laptops or through the Red(TM) video touch-screen and keyboard at every seat.

"We are pleased to welcome Virgin America to Seattle," said Port of Seattle Commission President John Creighton. "Virgin America will offer Puget Sound travelers an additional airline choice with some unique, tech-driven features and flight amenities. The addition of Virgin America to Sea-Tac Airport will help further economic development and tourism for the Seattle region and the state."

Launched in August 2007, Virgin America is on its way to growing to as many as 10 destinations and over 1,000 employees within its first year. With plans to serve as many as 30 cities in its first five years, Virgin America currently flies to San Francisco (SFO), New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), Washington, DC (IAD), Las Vegas (LAS), San Diego (SAN) -- starting Feb. 12, 2008 and Seattle (SEA) -- starting March 18, 2008.

About Virgin America: Virgin America's brand-new Airbus A320 family aircraft offer guests their own interactive in-flight entertainment systems, plugs for laptops and other portable electronic devices, the ability to order food or chat with other guests from video touch-screens and a host of other features aimed at bringing a little fun back to flying. In Zagat's 2007 Global Airlines Survey of over 8,000 frequent fliers, Virgin America was ranked number one for overall quality in First/Business Class and second among all domestic carriers for overall quality in the Main Cabin. To learn more about Virgin America, visit: www.virginamerica.com.

*All Main Cabin fares are one way. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. All fares require a 21-day advance purchase. Tickets must be purchased by 17 January 2008. Changes or cancellations can be made for a $40 fee, plus any increase in fare if applicable. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through our reservation call centers will cost an additional $5 per itinerary. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. The start dates for certain non-stop service are as follows: SFO-SEA on March 18, 2008 and LAX-SEA on April 8, 2008. Fares, routes, and schedules are subject to change without notice. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.40 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket.

*All First Class fares are one way. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. All fares require a 7-day advance purchase. Tickets must be purchased by 17 January 2008. Changes or cancellations can be made without a fee, but any increase in fare will apply. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through our reservation call centers will cost an additional $5 per itinerary. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. The start dates for certain non-stop service are as follows: SFO-SEA on March 18, 2008 and LAX-SEA on April 8, 2008. Fares, routes, and schedules are subject to change without notice. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.40 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket.

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