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A Great Eight: Virgin America Celebrates 8 Years Of Flying In Style

SAN FRANCISCO – Virgin America, the California-based airline known for its upscale service and low is celebrating its eighth anniversary and eighth straight year as the Top Domestic Airline in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards in typical Virgin America style with some of its biggest Bay Area supporters. To mark the high-flying occasion, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee is honoring the hometown airline by naming August 8, 2015 “Virgin America Day” in the City. In turn, today Virgin America will be honoring its loyal flyers with a “We’re Turning Eight. Let the Party Fly” network-wide fare sale with fares from $38*. Tickets will be available and 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (1.877.359.8474)** and must be purchased by 11:59 PM Central Time today.

“As we celebrate eight years of bringing the fun back to flying, I’d like to thank our loyal flyers as well as our nearly 3,000 Virgin America teammates for their tireless commitment to creating the best possible experience for our guests,” said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. “We’ve continued to evolve our in-flight experience and have earned some of the travel industry’s most distinguished awards in the process. We look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries with our guests and many more opportunities to provide them with an unparalleled flying experience.”

sharklet_fb_flying“For the past eight years, Virgin America has exemplified the innovative spirit and diverse culture of our City while continuing to grow its home base at SFO, creating local jobs, moving our residents across our U.S. cities and supporting vital Bay Area charitable programs,” said San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “It’s a great honor to once again celebrate ‘Virgin America Day’ in San Francisco.”

Virgin America’s birthday week festivities will continue at AT&T Park on Saturday, August 15, when the Official Airline of the San Francisco Giants celebrates “Virgin America Night” as the team hosts the Washington Nationals. As part of this special night at the ballpark,  Special Olympics athlete (and Northern California native), Jose Ayala, who just took home a silver medal in the Javelin at the Special Olympics World Games, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to commemorate the airline’s partnership with the organization this summer. Virgin America donated $50,000 in flights to support travel needs of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, and hosted a “Fans in the Stands” day for Virgin America teammates to cheer on the Special Olympics athletes in a soccer match during the World Games.

As a thank you to all of the loyal fans at AT&T Park on August 15, the first 40,000 attendees  at the game will receive a two-for-one Virgin America flight voucher.*** Virgin America has served as the “Official Airline of the San Francisco Giants” since 2008, and earlier this year, the airline announced a multi-year partnership extension with the team to maintain the title through 2019. The partnership includes unique stadium branding, such as the “Virgin America Loft” at McCovey Cove, in-stadium signage and LEDs and the mood-lit “Virgin America Club Level” that was launched last year as a nod to the airline’s signature cabin lighting – game fans will notice new mood-lit sectional signage this season.  In March 2012, the airline named one of its aircraft “Fly Bye Baby” – in honor of the SF Giants.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our favorite airline’s anniversary with our fans. Virgin America is the ultimate partner and we are proud to have them as the Official Airline of the San Francisco Giants,” said Giants President and CEO, Larry Baer. “Our partnership has continued to grow over the years and now includes several signature areas in our ballpark, three World Championship trophy flights, and this annual Virgin America Night celebration. And, of course, our fans never miss a pitch thanks to live television on Virgin America’s Red In-Flight Entertainment System and this tremendous partnership.”

In the past year, Virgin America has marked a number of notable milestones:

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