Virgin America is coming to Orlando and Toronto

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Virgin America (San Francisco) today announces network expansion plans that position the new airline for strong growth in 2010 and beyond. Virgin America announces it will serve Orlando International Airport (MCO) with daily nonstop flights from both Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) beginning August 19, 2010.  Additionally, the airline announces its intent to serve Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) with daily flights from both LAX and SFO as early as June 2010.  Coming on the heels of the Company’s new Department of Transportation-approved ownership structure, Virgin America is poised for major growth in 2010 – with six additional aircraft entering its fleet this year and three additional aircraft scheduled for the first quarter of 2011. By this time next year, the airline’s fleet will have grown by almost one-third.

The airline has also announced that it will end service to John Wayne Airport (SNA) effective May 26, 2010.  Given Virgin America’s new fleet plan, the move will allow the airline to immediately launch service into the more lucrative Orlando and Toronto long-haul markets.  All of Virgin America’s SNA teammates will be guaranteed equivalent positions at the airline’s expanding LAX base or in other areas of its growing operation.

In addition to Orlando and Toronto, Virgin America intends to announce at least three more new destinations in 2010.  The airline continues to see growing sales, a maturing route network and financial growth.  For Virgin America’s most recently reported quarter (the third quarter of 2009), the airline reported its first quarterly operating profit, a year-over-year revenue increase of 38.3 percent, record load factors and improved unit costs.