SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Virgin America, the airline known for reinventing domestic travel, begins flying today from San Francisco to Kahului, Maui with connecting flights from most Virgin America markets – with fares on sale as of today from$199 one way* (including taxes and restrictions applying). As the only California-based airline, Virgin America will offer Bay Area travelers a fresh and upscale new travel option to Maui. The airline launched service to Honolulu, Hawaii last month. Hawaii continues to be the number one tourism destination from the West Coast, with over 3.3 million visitors in 20141. Virgin America’s service is uniquely tailored to the modern traveler and to the longer-haul Hawaii flight experience. With new aircraft that offer three custom-designed classes of service, touch-screen personal entertainment and an award-winning on-demand food and cocktail menu on every flight – travelers departing from the stylish and convenient new Terminal Two at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) can kick-off their Hawaii vacation as soon as they step onboard. Virgin America has been named the “Best Domestic Airline” in both Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards and in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for the past eight consecutive years.
In honor of the new route, Virgin America is celebrating with a special fare sale* and a complimentary ‘POG mimosa’ toast for travelers onboard its inaugural flight today. The new Maui flights are on sale now and can be purchased at www.virginamerica.com or 1-877-FLY-VIRGIN**. Elevate members can redeem reward flights to Hawai’i – with no black-out dates, for as few as 8,187 points ($5.60 fee per person, per way applies) today. Members can earn more points by signing up for the Virgin America Visa Signature Credit Card. Flyers can also find deals today* on connecting flights between Maui and many of Virgin America’s cities – including Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, San Diego and Washington DC (IAD).
“As Hawaii is one of the most popular leisure destinations among Bay Area travelers, we are thrilled to begin our nonstop flights toMaui today on the heels of our launch to Honolulu just last month – and continue the expansion of world class destinations we fly to,” said John MacLeod, Senior Vice President of Sales and Planning at Virgin America.
Virgin America’s Kahului–Maui service is as follows:
Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday
Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
“The additional air seats Virgin America is providing with its new nonstop service from San Francisco makes Maui even more enticing to Bay Area residents,” said George Szigeti, President and CEO at Hawaii Tourism Authority. “Travelers will enjoy the convenient, quality service and Maui’s visitor industry will benefit from being part of Virgin America’s nationwide network.”
“Virgin America and Maui are a perfect travel combination that residents throughout the San Francisco Bay Area will love when making their vacation escape. We are excited to have one of the nation’s top-ranked airlines flying to our island paradise, which is annually honored as one of the best destinations in the world,” added Terryl Vencl, Executive Director, Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau.
In November, Virgin America launched daily nonstop flights from San Francisco to Honolulu with a series of festive events – including the opportunity for workaholics to score the ultimate “Hawaiiscape” with Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson. Virgin America partnered with community-driven hospitality company Airbnb to surprise a lucky worker in San Francisco with the chance to join the inaugural Honolulu flight. Upon touchdown of the first flight in Hawaii, Virgin America’s first guests was be feted with a red carpet lū’au reception on the Honolulu tarmac – with a traditional Hawaiian welcome and blessing hosted by Governor David Ige, George Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, and HNL airport officials. Later that evening, Branson and Airbnb CMO Jonathan Mildenhall hosted an oceanfront sunset event at an Airbnb property, the notable Paul Mitchell Estate on O’ahu, with community partners, and special guests like professional surfer Alana Blanchard, kiteboarder and Zozi Guru Susi Mai. Photos from the day’s events can be found here.
The daily, nonstop flights will be operated with new Airbus A320 aircraft that Virgin America has taken delivery of this year, which are equipped with fuel-saving, ‘sharklet’ wingtip devices, allowing the airline to operate flights more efficiently, especially over longer haul routes.
In addition to a Main Cabin that offers custom-designed leather seating with a deeper, more comfortable pitch, Virgin America’s First Class cabin offers plush white leather ‘cradle sleeper’ 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, TV***, interactive 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. With a full service First Class menu and a unique on-demand menu in the Main Cabin, Virgin America was named Travel + Leisure’s “Best Domestic Airline for Food” in 2014.
Since its 2007 launch, Virgin America has created more than 2,800 new jobs and expanded its network to include Austin, Boston,Cancun, Chicago, Dallas Love Field, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Cabos, Newark, New York (JFK and LGA),Orlando, Palm Springs (seasonal), Portland, Puerto Vallarta, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. (IAD and DCA),Honolulu and Kahului, Maui.
PHOTOS AND VIDEOS:
Photos & broadcast-quality video of Virgin America aircraft:https://www.virginamerica.com/cms/about-our-airline/photos.html
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 Conde Nast TravelerReaders’ Choice Awards and “Best Domestic Airline” in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards for the past eight consecutive years. For more: www.virginamerica.com
*Terms and Conditions: All fares listed are one-way and tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm CT on Friday, December 4, 2015. Travel must occur between December 8, 2015 and March 9, 2016. Lowest sale fares are available only on certain itineraries. Lowest sale fares are only valid for travel on Tuesday and Wednesday. 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 Continental Western Region (LAS/LAX/PDX/PSP/PVR/SAN/SEA/SFO/SJD only) and DAL-LAS, changes or cancellations can be made for a $100 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. 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. For First Class, Virgin America will accept two (2) pieces of checked baggage up to 50 pounds free of charge for each ticketed guest. 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
*** Virgin America’s cached television will be available on Hawaii flights, however the airline’s live satellite television line-up and WiFi will not be available over the Pacific during Hawai’i flights.
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