Virgin America is launching three-times-daily service to New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport from both Los Angeles and San Francisco on April 2, 2013,...

Virgin America is launching service to New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport from both Los Angeles and San Francisco on April 2, 2013, Newark becoming the carrier’s 20th destination.

The carrier has begun selling tickets for the three daily round-trips it will operate from both San Francisco International Airport (IATA code SFO) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).


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 is selling tickets for its Newark flights at www.virginamerica.com and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN, with EWR-SFO and EWR-LAX introductory fares from $149 (including taxes and fees, but with restrictions applying).

To mark the expansion to its 20th airport destination, Virgin America has also launched a fare sale across its network with flights from $49, including taxes and fees. Again, restrictions apply. Tickets are available for purchase at virginamerica.com.

Sale tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm CST on December 14, 2012.  All Main Cabin fares require a 21-day advance purchase. For Main Cabin sale fares for EWR-LAX and EWR-SFO flights, travel must occur between April 2 and June 5, 2013.

For Main Cabin sale fares on New York JFK-Palm Springs flights, travel must occur between January 12 and March 20, 2013. For all other Main Cabin sale fares, travel must occur between January 7 and March 20, 2013.

Virgin America has at least 100 Airbus A320-family jets in service and on order, including 30 A320neo-family jets

 

Headquartered in San Francisco, Virgin America has created more than 2,600 new U.S. jobs since its launch. An independent economic analysis undertaken by Campbell Hill in 2006 estimated that for every one new airline job created, there is a 5-to-1 job multiplier.

The addition of Newark to its network means Virgin America will now serve eight of the top 10 business markets from both San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. The airline already serves New York JFK from both California airports.

From April 2, Virgin America’s flight schedule between Newark and Los Angeles will see its first daily flight leaving EWR at 9:15 a.m. and landing at LAX at 12:30 p.m. local time. Its next flight will depart EWR at 1:00 p.m. and reach LAX at 4:15 p.m. local time. The third and last flight of the day on the route is timed to push back from the gate at EWR at 6:55 p.m., in order to arrive at LAX at 10:10 p.m. local time.

On January 17, 2011, Virgin America became the first firm-order customer for the Airbus A320neo with an order for 30 aircraft. On June 15, 2011, Virgin America selected CFM International’s new LEAP engine to power its A320neos, becoming the launch customer for the engine

 

In the other direction, Virgin America’s first flight is scheduled to begin taxiing at LAX at 9:40 a.m. and to get to EWR at 6:00 p.m. local time. The second flight is timed to depart LAX at 1:15 p.m. and land at EWR at 9:29 p.m. local time. The last flight of the day on the route is timed to leave LAX at 11:45 p.m. and touch down at EWR at 7:59 a.m. the following morning, local time.

On the Newark-San Francisco route, Virgin America’s first flight is scheduled to push back from the gate at 7:30 a.m. from April 2 in order to arrive at SFO at 11:05 local time. The second flight will depart EWR at 10:30 a.m. and reach SFO at 2:05 p.m. local time. The day’s third flight will leave EWR at 5:30 p.m. and get to SFO at 9:05 p.m. local time.

In the other direction, Virgin America’s first flight will begin taxiing at SFO at 8:00 a.m. in order to make a 4:35 p.m. arrival at EWR, local time. Next, a 3:05 p.m. departure from SFO is timed to reach EWR at 11:40 p.m. The last flight of the day leaves SFO at 9:15 p.m. and touches down at EWR at 5:45 a.m. the following morning, local time.

Virgin America operates an all-Airbus fleet of A319s and A320s and by the end of the decade could have 100 or more aircraft in service, given the size of its current fleet and existing orders

 

For travelers going to or from Newark, connections will also be available at LAX and SFO to and from Virgin America’s Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, Palm Springs, San Diego and Los Cabos destinations.

Virgin America has a young fleet of Airbus A320-family jets that the carrier says is up to 25 per cent more fuel-efficient than the average U.S. airline fleet.

The carrier flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. (Dulles and Reagan National), Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs, Philadelphia and Portland (Oregon).