5.20.2007

Virgin America Coming to an Airport Near You!

According to this news release, Virgin America, another brainchild of English billionaire Sir Richard Branson will be flying their new discount airline here very soon.

"Virgin America’s first flights will be between its home base of San Francisco (SFO) to New York (JFK). The airline also plans to serve Los Angeles (LAX), Washington/Dulles, San Diego and Las Vegas within its first year of operations.

The airline expects to serve as many as 10 cities within a year of operation and up to 30 cities within five years of service. Additional cities under Virgin America’s consideration include: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Portland, Ore., Raleigh-Durham, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Jose, Calif., Sarasota, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa and West Palm Beach."
It appears that they will be initially starting with mostly West Coast based commuter flights with a few cross country flights."
This is very good to hear. EasyJet and RyanAir, plus many others have been offering cheap inter-Europe fares for years. Its ridiculous that United States consumers do not have that same luxury. The more players involved the more likely that U.S. travellers will get those same deep discounted fares.
I believe this is the first step to making travelling easier for everyone. I would not be surprised if in 10-20 years affordable travel is possible for almost anyone in the World. I think getting even more discounted travel to U.S. travellers is a great first step to that vision. New York here I come!

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