SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Virgin America was voted “Best Premium Class” among domestic airlines in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2013 Business Travel Poll – which surveyed 79,000 business travelers. The annual independent survey of the magazine’s business travelers ranked Virgin America as the top U.S. airline for Premium Class service for the sixth consecutive year, as reported in the October issue of Conde Nast Traveler – on newsstands now. Final scores (out of 100) represent the percentage of readers who rated a hotel, airport, or airline “excellent” or “very good.” Virgin America’s unique flight experience was ranked number one among all domestic carriers, with an overall score of 86.5.
With topnotch service, beautiful design and a host of high-tech amenities, Virgin America has built a loyal business flyer following since its 2007 launch. The airline offers business travelers an “office in the sky” with fleetwide WiFi, power outlets and personal entertainment at every seat. In addition to a Main Cabin that offers custom-designed leather seats with a deeper pitch, the carrier’s premium Main Cabin Select service offers guests 38″ of seat pitch – about 6 inches more legroom than Main Cabin, unlimited complimentary cocktails and snacks from the airline’s award-winning menu, an all-access pass to in-flight media content (including free movies and premium TV like HBO and Showtime), priority security access/boarding, dedicated overhead bin space and one free checked bag. Virgin America’s First Class features international-grade amenities and plush white leather seating with 55 inches of pitch, 165 degrees of recline and lumbar massagers. The airline’s Red™ in-flight entertainment platform offers guests their own seatback touch-screen TV, with 25 films, live TV, Google Maps, videogames, a 4,000 song library and an on-demand menu – so flyers can order a cocktail or snack from their seatback any time during a flight.
In 2012, Virgin America opened its first airport lounge – The Loft at LAX – and launched a suite of enhancements to its Elevate frequent flyer program. The perks of Gold and Silver Elevate status include: priority check-in, security clearance and boarding; points-earning bonuses; free checked bag allowances; enhanced digital/social rewards; private discounts; an expanded advance purchase upgrade window for the airline’s exclusive eight-seat First Class; complimentary space-available upgrades to the carrier’s premium Main Cabin Select service; and complimentary access to the best seat assignments within Main Cabin.
In just over six years of flying, the airline has expanded to 23 airport destinations and has created 2,600 new jobs. Virgin America currently flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Washington D.C. (IAD and DCA), Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs (seasonal), Philadelphia, Portland, San Jose, Austin and Anchorage (seasonal).