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Alaska Airlines named Official Airline of the San Francisco Giants, A321 theme jet coming

Alaska Airlines named Official Airline of the San Francisco Giants (PRNewsfoto/Alaska Airlines)

Alaska Airlines has announced the company has signed an agreement to become the official airline of the San Francisco Giants for the next seven years, extending the partnership that Virgin America established with the organization in 2008. To celebrate this partnership and Alaska’s commitment to the Bay Area, the company unveiled the design for an Airbus 321 featuring the Giants logo and team colors that will begin flying early next year.


The extended partnership features several cobranded elements which will be introduced over the next several months leading into the 2018 season. They include:

  • An Alaska Airlines customized suite located in AT&T Park’s right field with views of McCovey Cove;
  • The naming rights to the AT&T Park Club Level which will be called the “Alaska Airlines Club Level” and be updated to combine the look and feel of the airline with the premium level experiences Giants fans have appreciated on this level of the ballpark; and
  • The new Giants-themed Airbus 321, operated by Virgin America, will feature the iconic Golden Gate bridge in orange across the fuselage with the orange and black Giants logo above the wing and a large black “SF” on the back section of the fuselage.

The Alaska/Giants partnership will also feature many fan-friendly components including:

  • Alaska in-flight Giants offers;
  • Special vacation packages for Giants fans through the Giants Vacations program;
  • Alaska serving as the presenting partner for the Giant Races, which are a series of foot races that include events such as a Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and Kids Race/Family Relay, held in Scottsdale, Sacramento, San Jose and San Francisco and benefit local community groups;
  • Continuation of the highly popular “Two-For-One” Flight Voucher event for the first 40,000 Giants fans attending a Giants home game each season. The first “Two-For-One” event will be this coming Sunday, Sept. 17; and
  • Alaska will launch a seasonal, twice daily flight from San Francisco to Phoenix, Arizona for Giants fans to attend Spring Training in 2018. The flight schedule is being finalized and tickets will go on sale later this year.

Another important element of this partnership will be the collaboration and support of both Alaska Airlines and the Giants on important community initiatives and programs focused on youth and education throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Image: Alaska Airlines.


Virgin America extends its partnership with the San Francisco Giants, adds a new logo to Airbus A320 N849VA

Virgin America Giants trophy

Virgin America (San Francisco) and the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball yesterday (January 21) announced a multi-year partnership extension, which maintains the Bay Area-based airline’s position as the “Official Airline of the San Francisco Giants” through the end of 2018. This announcement came during an “orange carpet” send-off for the 2014 World Championship Trophy as it heads to New York City for the East Coast leg of a three-month World Championship Trophy Tour presented by Bank of America.

Virgin American MLB Trophy in a seat (Virgin America)(LR)
The trophy will fly in style (above), riding in Virgin America’s exclusive eight-seat First Class cabin from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) onboard the Virgin America Airbus A320 aircraft “Fly Bye Baby,” (below) named in honor of the hometown team. Onboard the flight, Giants President and CEO Larry Baer will invite fellow Virgin America guests to grab photos with the trophy and will host a live Twitter chat at 35,000 feet using the airline’s inflight WiFi. Guests and fans alike are encouraged to follow along and submit questions using the hashtags #sfgtrophy and #flytogether.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Virgin America). Airbus A320-214 N849VA (msn 4991) has received this updated “World Champions 2014” logo for 2015.

Virgin American A320-200 N849VA World Champions logo (close-up)(Virgin America)(LR)

The extended partnership includes unique co-branding elements at AT&T Park, including the “Virgin America Loft,” a premium customized suite located in right field above McCovey Cove, and the “Virgin America Club Level” that features the airline’s signature cabin mood-lighting. In 2012, the airline first unveiled its Giants themed “Fly Bye Baby” aircraft that was updated in 2014 with a crowdsourced #FlyTogether design populated with the photos of hundreds of Giants fan who submitted photos on Instagram and Twitter. Today at SFO, Virgin America unveiled the aircraft’s newest design – the 2014 World Championship mark – in celebration of the San Francisco Giant’s latest World Series Victory.

Once in the Big Apple, the trophy will be available to Giants fans that have followed the team for generations – a history that dates back to when the team was based in New York before moving to San Francisco in 1958. A public viewing of the trophy will be held on Saturday, January 24 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Finnerty’s Bar in Manhattan.

In addition to a Main Cabin that offers custom-designed leather seating with a deeper, more comfortable pitch, the airline’s First Class cabin offers plush white leather seating with 55 inches of pitch, 165 degrees of recline and lumbar massagers. The carrier’s Main Cabin Select service offers 38-inches of pitch, free food and cocktails, an all-access pass to media content, dedicated overhead bins and priority check-in/boarding. The Red® in-flight entertainment platform offers guests their own seatback touch-screen TV, with more than 20 films, live TV, Google Maps, videogames, a 3,000 song library and an on-demand menu, which allows flyers to order a cocktail or snack from their seatback any time during a flight. Virgin America’s airport lounge – The Loft – is located at LAX and its Elevate frequent flyer program offers no black-outs or restrictions on rewards seats with three levels of status including Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver.

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Virgin America reports 3Q net income of $41.6 million, expects to raise around $320 million from its pending IPO

Virgin America (San Francisco) reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2014 with an operating income of $52.3 million and net income of $41.6 million. The airline posted an operating margin of 12.9 percent – a 1.4 point improvement over the third quarter of 2013, driven largely by a 5.5 percent growth in revenue per available seat mile (RASM) over the prior year period.

Third Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights:

Operating Revenue: Total operating revenue of $405.5 million, an increase of 4.7 percent over the third quarter of 2013.

Revenue per Available Seat Mile (RASM): RASM increased 5.5 percent compared to the third quarter of 2013, to 12.60 cents. Year-over-year RASM growth was driven by a 0.6 percent increase in yield and a 3.0 point increase in load factor. The RASM performance continues the trend of strong RASM growth for the airline, which reported 9 percent RASM growth year-over-year for its Full Year 2013 results.

Cost per Available Seat Mile (CASM): Total CASM increased 3.8 percent compared to the third quarter of 2013, to 10.98 cents. CASM excluding fuel costs for the quarter increased 5.5 percent year-over-year, to 6.84 cents, primarily due to a provision for teammate profit sharing. CASM, excluding both fuel and profit-sharing costs, increased 2.0 percent, to 6.61 cents.

Operating Income: Third quarter of 2014 operating income increased by 17.9 percent over the third quarter of 2013 to $52.3 million with an operating margin improvement of 1.4 points year-over-year.

Net Income: Net income for the quarter increased 24.2 percent year-over-year, from $33.5 million to $41.6 million. Virgin America’s year-to-date net income improved by $60.2 million from a net loss of $4.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, to net income of $56.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Capacity: Available seat miles (ASMs) for the third quarter of 2014 decreased 0.8 percent year-over-year. The airline ended the quarter with 53 Airbus A320-family aircraft.

Liquidity: Unrestricted cash was $184.5 million as of September 30, 2014.

Analysis by Bloomberg Businessweek and its pending IPO: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N849VA (msn 4991) with the special champion “Giants-Fly Together” logo arrives in Washington.

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Virgin America to go public, 2014 Giants logo jet is unveiled with photos of dedicated fans!

Virgin America Inc. (San Francisco) today announced that it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined.

Barclays and Deutsche Bank Securities are acting as joint book-running managers and as representatives of the underwriters for the proposed offering.

A registration statement relating to the offering of Virgin America’s securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective.

Read the analysis by Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. As we reported in June, Virgin America announced a new contest for dedicated San Francisco Giants baseball fans to be pictured on an Airbus A320. Airbus A320-214 N849VA (msn 4991) has now been unveiled in its latest 2014 version which features the words “Fly Together” which is actually composed of small pictures of SF Giants fans who won the contest!

Virgin America announced a new contest for photos of N849VA on their blog:

Hey there plane spotters! Do you have a knack for picking livery out of the clear blue sky? Well then, we’ve got the contest for you. Upload an original photo of our FLY TOGETHER San Francisco Giants plane, featuring the game faces of the most die-hard Giants fans, to Instagram or Twitter using the #FLYTOGETHER hashtag between July 28 – September 23, 2014 for a chance to throw the first pitch at AT&T Park on Virgin America Day and more.

The first round (July 28 – August 12, 2014) winner scores:

The opportunity to throw the first pitch on Virgin America Day at the San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies game August 16, 2014 at AT&T Park
Two tickets to the game
Two roundtrip tickets to any one of our 20 domestic destinations
The second round (August 13 – September 23, 2014) winner will walk away with:

Two roundtrip tickets to any one of our 20 domestic destinations..
Click here for official rules. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary to win.

Keep your eyes on the sky and get busy plane spotting! If you’re unsure how to get started here’s Sergio Romo showing you how it’s done.

Virgin America A320-200 N849VA (14-Giants-Fly Together)(Close-Up)(Virgin America)(LR)

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SF Giants fan? Get your mug on a Virgin America Airbus A320

Virgin America A320-200 N628VA Fly Together Giants (Virgin America)(LR)

Virgin America (San Francisco) in its continued support of its hometown San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB), has announced a new contest for fans of the team. Contest winners will have their face photo embedded on one of its Airbus A320s this summer. However Virgin America is a two-hub airline. How does this play out in rival LA? The airline issued this statement and photo:

What’s more clutch than getting your face on the scoreboard at the Giants game? How about getting your face on the official San Francisco Giants “Fly Bye Baby” Virgin America plane and becoming part of Giants history?

We’re inviting you to upload your best game face photos for a chance get your mug on the #FlyTogether photo mosaic that will appear on the SF Giants’ “Fly Bye Baby” plane this summer. By entering, you’ll also get a chance to win a free flight and score a sweet deal on a flight. Learn how here.

For every photo submitted to the contest, we’ll donate $5 in in-kind Main Cabin tickets up to $25,000 to the Stand Up To Cancer initiative. That means you’ll be an all-star team player just by submitting your fan photos.

You’ll be able to win big again if you spot our #FlyTogether plane in the air or on the ground. Starting this summer you could win a free flight for tweeting a pic of the larger-than-life decal using the #FlyTogether hashtag. More details on that to come.

Image: Virgin America.

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Virgin America hosts “First Pitch” at San Francisco Giants home game at 35,000 feet



Virgin America (San Francisco) knows how to get attention with its unusual and wacky promotions. Here is the latest announcement:

“Virgin America, the only airline headquartered in San Francisco and the Official Airline of the San Francisco Giants, today is inviting baseball fans to help do good and compete for the chance to throw out the first-ever baseball pitch live broadcast from onboard a Virgin America commercial flight at 35,000 feet – to open the San Francisco Giants’ home game against the Colorado Rockies on August 11, 2012.  The first pitch will be thrown down the aisle of Virgin America commercial flight 753 as it enters Bay Area air space en route from Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO).  The first pitch will be captured live on video by AEG Digital Media and transmitted air-to-ground via the airline’s Gogo® in-flight WiFi to AT&T Park, where more than 40,000 San Francisco Giants fans will be watching.

Super fans can win a chance to throw the first-ever mile high pitch today by entering into a contest* hosted by Virgin America, the San Francisco Giants and Major League baseball.  All entrants will automatically score a 20 percent off discount** on fall travel on Virgin America – and help give back.  For every entry into the competition, Virgin America will donate five dollars to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research via the Stand Up To Cancer initiative.  The lucky super fan will join Giants mascot “Lou Seal” in-flight and get to create their own cheering section in the sky:  by inviting five friends onboard to help him or her “make it over the plate” (which in this case, is Virgin America’s Main Cabin Select Row Three).”

To enter and for official rules, see:  www.sfgiants.com/virginsweeps.

Top Copyright Photo: Virgin America.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin. Airbus A320-214 N849VA (msn 4991) is named “Fly Bye Baby,” and was painted in honor of the Giants. N849VA was introduced on March 29, 2012.