Virgin America to land at PDX

Los Angeles and San Francisco to Portland

Virgin America will bring RED to the Rose City as an Airbus known as Redwood is cleared to land at Portland International Airport (PDX) starting June 5th with flights from San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX).  These new routes bring some much need nonstop competition from California’s largest airports to PDX.

Portland, Oregon, will be the airline’s 18th destination and will not only bring lower fares, but they also bring service with decked out-custom designed planes, lighting, and their in-flight entertainment system known as RED.  At a time when other airlines are shrinking or consolidating, Virgin America is growing.  When entering some markets the carrier has frequently seen fares drop by up to 30 percent.

Virgin America President and CEO David Cush said, “Our airline launched in 2007 because we believed travelers deserved better choices in air travel.  We are excited to start new service to PDX and we hope our unique blend of low fares and inventive service will be a fresh alternative for Portland travelers.”  Cush Continued, “Although there are strong business and leisure travel ties between California and Portland, the West Coast to PDX market generally has higher fares than similar flights to Seattle and the reason is competition.  We are thrilled to offer Portland travelers a different choice – in an industry often characterized by monotony.”

Bill Wyatt, Port of Portland executive director, said, “We’re pleased to welcome Virgin America to Portland International Airport.” Wyatt continued, “Virgin America is known for its award-winning service and for doing things differently, and will bring PDX travelers new options for two of our most popular routes—Los Angeles and San Francisco.”

Virgin America's A320 Sleek Interior | Led Lighting | In-Flight Entertainment | (Photo: Virgin America)

Virgin America's A320 Sleek Interior (Photo: Virgin America)

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Virgin America’s new aircraft offer custom-designed mood-lit cabins along with WiFi on all aircraft and power outlets at every seat, you can now tweet your flight, keep up on the latest of social media, or get caught up with work.  Then there is RED – the most advanced in-flight entertainment system.  With your personal 9 inch touch-screen TV you can order movies on demand, watch live satellite television, listen to over 3,000 tunes, track your journey with interactive Google Maps and if you’re hungry, the world’s first on-demand food and drink ordering system

Know a nearby passenger or has someone got your attention?  Try seat-to-seat chat messaging.

In addition to a Main Cabin that offers leather seating with a deeper, more comfortable pitch, check-out Main Cabin Select with 38 inches of pitch, free food and cocktails, an all-access pass to media, dedicated overhead bins and priority check-in/boarding. Then there’s Virgin America’s First Class product – plush white leather seats with 55 inches of pitch, 165 degrees of recline and lumbar massagers.

Tickets are available for sale now, but celebrate Virgin’s new service, the airline is launching a system-wide fare sale with Portland-Los Angeles and Portland-San Francisco starting at $99 (restrictions apply).

 

From To Flight # Departs Arrives Frequency
Portland
LAX 803 (nonstop) 6:30am 8:50am Daily
Portland LAX 809 (nonstop) 4:05pm 6:25pm Daily
LAX Portland 802 (nonstop) 9:35am 11:50am Daily
LAX Portland 808 (nonstop) 7:10pm 9:25pm Daily
Portland SFO 817 (nonstop) 12:35pm 2:30pm Daily
SFO Portland 816 (nonstop) 1:30pm 3:20pm Daily

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Connecting flights will also be available from PDX to Virgin America’s New York (JFK), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Washington Dulles (IAD), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Las Vegas (LAS), San Diego (SAN), Cancun (CUN) and Philadelphia (PHL) markets.

Virgin America operates an all Airbus A320 fleet and has orders on the book for the new, eco-efficient A320neo with the new GE/CFM International LEAP Engines.

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One Response

03.14.12

Those seats and the cabin look sick (as in good!)

Now only if they can add more cities.

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