Virgin America will begin nonstop service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), beginning in December.
“Virgin America’s decision to launch service from DFW Airport to two major markets is a testament to the strength and vitality of the Dallas-Fort Worth region,” says Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW. “Our passengers will see a big benefit from the increased competition and the new Virgin America service.”
The new service will launch with two daily flights from Los Angeles to DFW on December 1, 2010 and two daily flights from San Francisco to DFW as of December 6. Virgin America will serve DFW with Airbus A320s.
“Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the largest metropolitan areas in North America and a major center of business with strong ties to California – most notably in the financial services, energy and the Silicon Prairie-Silicon Valley high-tech sectors,” says David Cush, Virgin America’s president and CEO.
“With unrivalled value and a flight experience unlike anything else in the North American skies, we think our service will be a breath of fresh air for Dallas-Fort Worth travelers,” adds Cush. “Before today, travelers along these routes had very little choice and we think a little healthy competition is always a good thing – especially for consumers.”
The airline’s schedule between Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles calls for flight VX871 to leave DFW at 7:00 a.m. and reach LAX at 8:20 a.m. (All times are local.) Flight VX879 is timed to depart DFW at 4:35 p.m. and arrive at LAX at 5:55 p.m. In the other direction, flight VX874 is scheduled to push back at LAX at 10:55 a.m. and to land at DFW at 3:50 p.m. Flight VX882 leaves LAX at 5:00 p.m. and gets to DFW at 9:55 p.m.
On the Dallas/Fort Worth-San Francisco route, Virgin America’s schedule will see flight VX853 leaving DFW at 8:00 a.m. and landing at SFO at 9:45 a.m. (Again, all times are local.) Flight VX861 is timed to depart DFW at 2:15 p.m. and to arrive at SFO at 4:00 p.m. In the other direction, flight VX850 is scheduled to push back at SFO at 8:00 a.m. in order to make a 1:30 p.m. arrival at DFW. Flight VX860 leaves SFO at 5:45 p.m. and reaches DFW at 11:15 p.m.
Virgin America, a San Francisco-based airline established in 2007, offers travelers low-fare, upscale service and inventive amenities including mood-lit cabins, Wi-Fi on every aircraft, power outlets near every seat and an advanced in-flight entertainment platform known as “Red”.
DFW Airport says the arrival of Virgin America’s new service to Los Angeles and San Francisco will inject new low-cost competition into two of DFW’s largest markets.
“Virgin America is well-known in the industry to have outstanding customer service,” says Joe Lopano, executive vice president of marketing and terminal management for DFW. “Our staff worked very hard to bring Virgin America to DFW, and the payoff will come in competitive fares, more options and great service for travelers.”
Virgin America will become the eleventh domestic carrier at DFW Airport, and the airport’s fifth low-cost carrier, when it starts service in December.