Virgin America Arrives in Palm Springs

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Virgin America Palm Springs Seasonal Flights

Ditch the heavy jacket and climb aboard Virgin America’s seasonal flights to Palm Springs, California, the carriers 16th destination. Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson, Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, and Virgin America President and CEO David Cush, and celebrity Olivia Munn, kicked off the inaugural service today.

Today, December 15, 2011, Virgin America launched a seasonal non-stop from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Palm Springs International Airport (PSP).  A one-stop, no change of plane service is available from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.  Virgin America is offering inaugural fares starting at $79 from San Francisco and $169 from New York’s JFK airport.  Connecting flights are also available for Ft. Lauderdale and Washington Dulles.

Virgin America is well known for its service, spectacular cabins, and its high-tech inflight entertainment system.  The growing airline has won many awards and with entry into a new market, more people will be able to experience Virgin America.

“The Virgin brand is known all over the globe for its high-end, award-winning service.  This new flight service will not only offer travelers to our world class destination a new choice, but it will help stimulate tourism – our Valley’s top industry.  We are so pleased to welcome Virgin America to the Palm Springs International Airport,” said Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet.

Virgin America will be making the new trek with its A320 Aircraft with its fully furbished, custom-designed mood-lit cabins and amenities like fleetwide WiFi, power outlets and personal entertainment at every seat.  Red, the seatback touch-screen TV offers 35 films, live TV, Google Maps, videogames, seat-to-seat chat, music videos, a 3000 song library and an on-demand menu – so flyers can order a cocktail or snack from their seatback any time during a flight.

If you’re looking for some extra space, Virgin America’s First Class is competitive with white leather seats, 55 inches of pitch, and 165 degrees of recline and lumbar massagers, but if you’re looking for extra space and a few extra perks, Main Cabin Select has 38 inches of pitch, free food, cocktails, as well as priority check-in.

Virgin America’s New Flight Schedule

Virgin America’s Schedule to Palm Springs International (PSP)
Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
From San Francisco (SFO) to Palm Springs (PSP) 4:35 pm 6:05 pm 25 0 Daily
From New York JFK (JFK) to Palm Springs (PSP) 11:55 am 6:05 pm 25 1 Daily
Valid December 15 to April 30, 2012

 

Virgin America’s Schedule from Palm Springs International (PSP)
Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
From Palm Springs (PSP) to San Francisco (SFO) 6:50 pm 8:25 pm 30 0 Daily
From Palm Springs (PSP) to New York JFK (JFK) 6:50 pm 5:55 am +1 30 1 Daily
Valid December 15 to April 30, 2012

 

We’re pleased to be growing and bringing new competition into markets like Palm Springs and the surrounding desert resort cities.  When we enter markets with less competition, we see fares drop and service improve.  This area is a world-class travel destination – and visitors and residents alike deserve more air travel options,” said David Cush, President and Chief Executive Officer of Virgin America.  “We hope our service will be a breath of fresh air for residents and for travelers to the desert oasis.”

Palm Springs and the other cities that make up the Desert Resorts destination, is the ultimate playground for outdoor adventure, arts and culture, gaming and entertainment.  Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Coachella, Cathedral City and Palm Desert offer streets lined with palm trees, the best in shopping, art galleries and museums and renowned outdoor dining – all amidst breathtaking scenery.  In addition to luxury resorts and world-class golfing, the region has welcomed an influx of hip boutique hotels and landmark events like the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.  Palm Springs has a history as the holiday home of many Hollywood stars from the 1940s on – and is known as the center of “Desert Modernism” mid-century modern architecture. For more, visit: www.PalmSpringsUSA.com

Photo Credit: Virgin America

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