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Virgin America Ranked Top U.S. Airline In Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards – For Sixth Straight Year

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Virgin America, the California-based airline that is reinventing travel, today was named “Top Domestic Airline” in the prestigious Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey – for the sixth consecutive year.  

The annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards highlight the results of a survey that captures the sharklet_fb_flyingopinions of Travel + Leisure readers on their favorite travel experiences. In this 18th annual readers’ survey, airlines were rated by Travel + Leisure readers in four categories, including: cabin comfort, in-flight service, customer service and value.  Select survey results, including Virgin America’s win, were profiled on NBC’s TODAY Show this morning and are now featured

“Receiving independent feedback from thousands of the most discerning travelers out there is not only an honor but a continued validation of the work of our teammates in creating a service experience that stands head and shoulders above the competition,” said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. “Awards like this show that we’re continuing to live up to the mission set out for the airline from day one: to reinvent the domestic flying experience and create an airline people really love. We’re grateful to our loyal flyers who have always believed that they can and should expect more from an airline – and we intend to keep delivering on that promise.”

To thank its travel aficionado fans, Virgin America today launches an eight-hour “We’re On CloudVirginAmericaFirstClass_v2 Nine” fare sale for travel between September 10, 2013 and December 18, 2013.  Main Cabin fares start as low as $46** (taxes and fees included and restrictions applying). Tickets must be purchased today (July 2nd) between 9:00am PT and 4:59pm PT.  Tickets can be purchased only on Virgin America’s website ( or at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (1.877.359.8474).***  In addition, to celebrate the beautiful cabins and flyers who have helped put the airline on top for the past six years, Virgin America is kicking off Summer “selfie” season with a social campaign that invites travelers to post their best in-flight selfie photos (under the airline’s very flattering moodlighting) to Twitter, Instagram, or Vine using the hashtag #VXSelfie – with a free 15-minute Gogo™ in-flight WiFi session for mobile devices offered on all Virgin America flights from July 4-July 7, 2013.  Each day, one lucky #VXSelfie submitter will score 10,000 Elevate® Points. For more, visit or search the #VXSelfie hashtag on Twitter, Vine or Instagram.

VirginAmericaPlane1The Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards results, including the Top Hotels Overall and Top 10 Cities Overall, are featured on now and in the upcoming issue of Travel + Leisure, available on newsstands July 19. Virgin America received a score of 85.46 – and will officially receive their honors along with the industry’s other winners at the awards ceremony on Thursday, July 18, 2013.  Last month, the magazine announced that Virgin America had taken the top honors for best domestic airline in the service category –with a score of 85.81, significantly out-performing its nearest domestic competitor which ranked at 79.31.  This ranking was based on data collected in the Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Award’s reader’s survey.

With topnotch guest service, beautiful design and a variety of innovative amenities, Virgin America has earned a host of industry awards since launching service in 2007. With one of the youngest VirginAmericaMainCabinSelect_v2fleets in the U.S., Virgin America offers guests sleek, tech-forward aircraft cabins with custom-designed seating, fleetwide in-flight WiFi, signature “moodlighting,” power outlets near every seat and the most advanced in-flight entertainment system in the skies. The Red™ in-flight entertainment platform offers every traveler a seatback touch-screen with on-demand films, live and premium TV, interactive Google Maps, music videos, videogames, seat-to-seat chat, a 4,000 MP3 library and an on-demand menu – so guests can order a cocktail or meal from their seatback at any time during the flight. In April 2013, the airline added the ability for guests to send a menu item via the touch-screen menu to fellow travelers in another seat. Virgin America offers one of the largest selections of fresh menu items, with a focus on lighter, more health-focused options in keeping with the airline’s California roots. The menu was named best in the U.S. in 2009 by Travel + Leisure.

In 2012, Virgin America opened its first airport lounge – The Loft at LAX – and launched a suite of enhancements to its Elevate® frequent flyer program, including Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver status levels that offer perks that include: priority check-in, security clearance and boarding; points earning bonuses; free checked bag allowances; enhanced digital/social rewards; private discounts; an expanded advance purchase upgrade window for the airline’s exclusive eight-seat First Class; complimentary space-available upgrades to the carrier’s premium Main Cabin Select service; and complimentary access to the best seat assignments within Main Cabin.

Since its 2007 launch, Virgin America has expanded its network to include San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Newark,Washington D.C. (IAD and DCA), Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs (seasonal), Philadelphia, Portland, San Jose, Austin and most recently, Anchorage (seasonal).

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