Virgin America is launching daily non-stop service between San Francisco International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on May 21. It will also operate six...

Virgin America is launching daily non-stop service between its home base at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Texas on May 21.

Tickets are now available for purchase for Virgin America’s flights between San Francisco and Texas capital Austin – also known as the “the live music capital of the world”.


In addition, Virgin America will operate seasonal service from San Francisco International Airport to Anchorage, Alaska’s Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) with six round-trips a week from June 6 through September 9, 2013.

Virgin America operates an all-Airbus fleet of A319s and A320s and by the middle of the decade could have 76 or more aircraft in service, given the size of its current fleet and existing orders

Virgin America operates an all-Airbus fleet of A319s and A320s and by the middle of the decade could have 76 or more aircraft in service, given the size of its current fleet and existing orders

 

Tickets for both new destinations are available for purchase at www.virginamerica.com and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN. The airline is offering one-way SFO-AUS fares from $89 and SFO-ANC fares from $199, with taxes and fees included and restrictions applying.

Main Cabin fares for ANC-SFO require a 21-day advance purchase and travel must occur between June 6 and September 9, 2013. Main Cabin fares for AUS-SFO require a 21-day advance purchase and travel must occur between May 21 and June 29, or September 3 and September 30, 2013.

To obtain introductory rates, tickets for the new services must be purchased by 11:59pm CST on February 13.

Connecting flights will be available at SFO from Austin to Virgin America’s Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles and Las Vegas destinations.

Virgin America's aircraft cabins feature amenities such as Wi-Fi, power outlets, mood-lighting and Red, which the airline says is the most advanced in-flight entertainment system of any U.S. airline

Virgin America’s aircraft cabins feature amenities such as Wi-Fi, power outlets, mood-lighting and Red, which the airline says is the most advanced in-flight entertainment system of any U.S. airline

 

Additionally, connecting flights will be available at SFO from Anchorage to the carrier’s Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, Chicago and Philadelphia destinations. For travelers interested in both of these new destinations, Virgin America says there will be connectivity at SFO from AUS to ANC.

The airline’s San Francisco-Austin schedule will see Virgin America’s flight departing SFO daily from May 21 at 10:15 a.m. and reaching AUS at 3:35 p.m. local time. In the other direction, Virgin America’s flight will leave AUS at 5:00 p.m. and arrive at SFO at 7:00 p.m. local time.

Virgin America’s San Francisco-Anchorage seasonal schedule will see the carrier’s flight pushing back from the gate at SFO every day except Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. from June 6 and touching down at ANC at 11:55 p.m. local time.

In the other direction, the flight will leave ANC at 12:50 a.m. every day except Wednesday from June 7 and get to SFO at 6:25 a.m. local time.

Virgin America calls one of its aircraft '#nerdbird' in honor of its Silicon Valley customer base and a Twitter promotion which offered the winner the chance to have his or her own decal design affixed to the aircraft's rear fuselage. The aircraft has also flown with a modified livery which includes a large pair of nerdy black-framed spectacles painted around its cockpit windows

Virgin America calls one of its aircraft ‘#nerdbird’ in honor of its Silicon Valley customer base and a Twitter promotion which offered the winner the chance to have his or her own decal design affixed to the aircraft’s rear fuselage. The aircraft has also flown with a modified livery which includes a large pair of nerdy black-framed spectacles painted around its cockpit windows

 

Virgin American currently flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York JFK, Washington Dulles, Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Portland, and Washington Reagan National Airport.

In April, Virgin America will inaugurate service to its 20th airport destination – Newark Liberty International Airport – and in May it will launch service to Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport near the heart of Silicon Valley.