Virgin America To Shake Up Newark Market

Virgin America A320 Aircraft at SFO

Virgin America A320 Aircraft at SFO Terminal 2 Hub

Virgin America Takes on United at Newark Liberty Airport

United Airlines, it’s time to move over at Newark — Virgin America is bringing some well needed competition to the market. United will still be the dominant carrier at Newark Liberty with their New York City hub, but Virgin America will be bringing their hip service at reasonable fares into Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) as of April 2, 2013.

Virgin America will fly non-stop to their base at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) plus provide consumers new non-stop options to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Newark consumers will also have access to connecting flights with Virgin.

The non-stop transcontinental flights will compete directly with United. Virgin America will operate their well-kept Airbus planes three times daily to both Los Angeles and San Francisco from Newark.

When United and Continental merged, it eliminated a competitor in the Newark market providing Virgin America the opportunity to compete against the merged legacy carrier.

Virgin America is a unique competitor flying new A320 aircraft with three classes of service. The airline features in-flight WiFi, custom-designed leather seating, power outlets, and personal touch-screen entertainment platforms through-out their aircraft. Their top-notch fleet combined with service has earned the airline Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards and Travel + Leisure’s annual World’s Best Awards.

While the airline has a strong presence on both the west and east coast, there is a void across the heartland of the United States when it comes to their route network, with the exception of Chicago. Legacy carriers are competing with their frequent flyer programs and new aircraft orders, especially on transcontinental routes. Delta Air Lines, for example, is launching re-fitted Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 aircraft with lie-flat BusinessElite seating and Economy Comfort seats on select transcontinental routes to stay competitive.

Newark – Virgin America’s 20th Destination

Virgin America's Hip A320 Interior

Virgin America’s Hip A320 Interior Cabin | Photo Credit: Virgin America

Newark Liberty International (EWR) will be Virgin America’s 20th Airport Destination. As other airlines merge and scale back looking at short term profitability, Virgin America is looking at the big picture. The airline is one of a few adding new jobs, but expansion has been slow.

Virgin America President and CEO David Cush, said, “As a low-fare carrier with new planes that look like nothing else in the skies, we hope our flights can offer some healthy competition and a better choice for travelers.” Cush continues, “Just like in any industry, when more companies compete – consumers win. This is a hugely important market and one that deserves more flight options. We are thankful to the Port Authority and the local leaders who were instrumental in making this happen and who had the vision to increase air service options at Newark Liberty.”

Based in the San Francisco area and flying with the callsign “Redwood”, Virgin America has a strong following on both the east and west coasts. Their flights to New York Kennedy (JFK) Airport from both Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) are a popular choice among consumers.

The Newark flights will provide an alternative to JFK airport – public transportation with New Jersey Transit links Newark Liberty Airport (EWR) with Penn Station in Manhattan, plus New Jersey Transit links the airport to cities just south of the airport including Princeton, New Jersey.

Virgin America will serve eight of the top ten business markets from both San Francisco and Los Angeles with the addition of Newark.

The Aviation Director of the bi-state New York – New Jersey Port Authority, Susan Baer, commented, “We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome more new flight options to Newark Airport.” Baer added, “More air service is a strong driver of regional economic development and jobs.”

Virgin America Flight Schedules to and from Newark

Origin Destination Departure Time Arrival Time
Newark Liberty (EWR) Los Angeles (LAX) 9:15am 12:30pm
Newark Liberty (EWR) Los Angeles (LAX) 1:00pm 4:15pm
Newark Liberty (EWR) Los Angeles (LAX) 6:55pm 10:10pm
Los Angeles (LAX) Newark Liberty (EWR) 9:40am 6:00pm
Los Angeles (LAX) Newark Liberty (EWR) 1:15pm 9:29pm
Los Angeles (LAX) Newark Liberty (EWR) 11:45pm 7:59am +1 (next day)
Newark Liberty (EWR) San Francisco (SFO) 7:30am 11:05am
Newark Liberty (EWR) San Francisco (SFO) 10:30am 2:05pm
Newark Liberty (EWR) San Francisco (SFO) 5:30pm 9:05pm
San Francisco (SFO) Newark Liberty (EWR) 8:00am 4:35pm
San Francisco (SFO) Newark Liberty (EWR) 3:05pm 11:40pm
San Francisco (SFO) Newark Liberty (EWR) 9:15pm 5:45am +1 (next day)

All Times Local
+1 is a next day arrival

Connecting service from Newark is available to Las Vegas (LAS), Portland (PDX), Seattle (SEA), Palm Springs (PSP), San Diego (SAN), and Los Cabos Mexico (SJD).

Tickets are currently available for purchase.



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