Virgin America Has Your Tickets To Paradise: New Flights To Hawai'i Now On Sale

Silicon Valley's Airline Launches its Upscale Flight Service from the West Coast to the Aloha State

'Now Serving Paradise' Nationwide Fare Sale, with Hawai'i Flights From $199* and Elevate Redemptions Starting from 8559 Points

Apr 07, 2015, 09:00 ET from Virgin America

SAN FRANCISCO, April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin America, the airline known for reinventing domestic travel, today announces it will start flying from San Francisco to Honolulu, Oahu from November 2, 2015, and Kahului, Maui from December 3, 2015, with fares on sale as of today from $199 one way* (with taxes and restrictions applying).  As the only California-based airline, Virgin America will offer Bay Area travelers a fresh and upscale new travel option to the Aloha state, the 'most wanted' destination by members of its Elevate® loyalty program.  Hawaii continues to be the number one tourism destination from the West Coast, with over 3.2 million visitors in 2014[1].  Virgin America's service is uniquely tailored to the modern traveler and to the longer-haul Hawai'i flight experience.  With new aircraft that offer three custom-designed classes of service, touch-screen personal entertainment and an award-winning on-demand food and cocktail menu on every flight – travelers departing from the stylish and convenient new Terminal Two at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) can kick-off their Hawai'i vacation as soon as they step onboard.  Virgin America has been named the "Best Domestic Airline" in both Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards and in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards for the past seven consecutive years.  

In honor of the new route, Virgin America is celebrating with a nationwide 'Now Serving Paradise' fare sale and a complimentary 'mai tai' toast for travelers at its home airport of SFO today.  The new Hawai'i flights are on sale now and can be purchased at virginamerica.com or 1-877-FLY-VIRGIN**.  As of tomorrow, Elevate members can redeem reward flights to Hawai'i – with no black-out dates, for as few as 8559 points. Members can earn more points by signing up for the Virgin America Visa Signature Credit Card. 

"As one of the most popular leisure destinations among Bay Area travelers, we are pleased to announce our new nonstop service to Hawai'i," said Virgin America President and Chief Executive Officer, David Cush. "This marks the next phase of growth for our airline, as we take delivery of new Airbus aircraft and expand our Elevate program with more world-class rewards destinations.  With a loyal following of Bay Area-based business travelers who have long requested our expansion to the islands, we couldn't be more pleased to offer our 'work-hard/play-hard' frequent flyers the opportunity to fly in style to the ultimate getaway.  We look forward to bringing a new kind of flight service to the market and to building lasting community ties with the state of Hawai'i."  

In a private call last month, Cush received permission from Hawai'i Governor David Ige to bring Virgin America's new flight service to the state.

"On behalf of the state, I would like to welcome Virgin America to Hawai'i and congratulate the company on its new service to the Hawaiian Islands," said Governor David Ige. "We are excited about the business and leisure travel opportunities the service will provide. We look forward to Virgin America's success in serving both visitors to and residents of Hawai'i."

"We are pleased that Virgin America will launch inaugural service to Honolulu and Kahului this fall. These flights will boost air seat capacity to Hawai'i from our core U.S. West market and attract new visitors through Virgin America's vast flight network across the United States," said David Uchiyama, Vice President, Brand Management of the Hawai'i Tourism Authority, the state's tourism agency. "San Francisco is one of our top visitor markets and we look forward to welcoming Virgin America and its guests to the Hawaiian Islands. These flights will generate an estimated $138.6 million in annual visitor spending and $14.8 million in state tax revenue."

Beginning November 2, 2015, Virgin America's Honolulu service is as follows:

From

To

Depart

Arrive

Frequency

SFO

HNL

7.45am

11.25am

Daily

HNL

SFO

12.55pm

8.15pm

Daily

Beginning December 3, 2015, Virgin America's Kahului-Maui service is as follows:

From

To

Depart

Arrive

Frequency

SFO

OGG

7.55am

11.40am

Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday

OGG

SFO

1.10pm

8.15pm

Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday

SFO

OGG

6.05pm

9.50pm

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

OGG

SFO

11.20pm

6.25am (+1)

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

The daily, nonstop flights will be operated with new Airbus A320 aircraft that Virgin America will take delivery of this year, which will be equipped with fuel-saving, 'sharklet' wingtip devices, allowing the airline to operate flights more efficiently, especially over longer haul routes.  Virgin America is working with the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) and Airbus to ensure that the airline's new Airbus A320 aircraft are certified for Extended Operation (ETOPS).  ETOPS is the standard certification process carriers obtain for longer range over water flights. 

In addition to a Main Cabin that offers custom-designed leather seating with a deeper, more comfortable pitch, Virgin America's First Class cabin offers plush white leather 'cradle sleeper' 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, TV***, interactive 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.  With a full service First Class menu and a unique on-demand menu in the Main Cabin, Virgin America was named Travel + Leisure's "Best Domestic Airline for Food" in 2014.  

Since its 2007 launch, Virgin America has created more than 2,800 new jobs and expanded its network to include Austin, Boston, Cancun, Chicago, Dallas Love Field, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Cabos, Newark, New York (JFK and LGA), Orlando, Palm Springs (seasonal), Portland, Puerto Vallarta, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. (IAD and DCA), Honolulu (as of November 2, 2015) and Kahului, Maui (as of December 3, 2015).  The new Hawai'i markets will represent the 22nd and 23rd destinations served by the California-based airline.

ABOUT VIRGIN AMERICA
Known for its mood-lit cabins, three beautifully designed classes of service and innovative fleetwide amenities - like touch-screen personal entertainment, WiFi and power outlets at every seat, Virgin America has built a loyal following of flyers and earned a host of awards since launching in 2007 - including being named both the "Best U.S. Airline" in Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards and "Best Domestic Airline" in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards for the past seven consecutive years.  For more: www.virginamerica.com

*'Now Serving Paradise' Nationwide Fare Sale T&Cs: Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. CT on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. All fares listed are one-way. Travel for SFO-HNL must occur between November 2, 2015 and February 28, 2016. Travel for SFO-OGG must occur between December 3, 2015 and February 28, 2016. Lowest sale fares are only valid for travel on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Lowest sale fares are available only on certain itineraries. 2015 Blackout dates are as follows: November: 20-30; December: 18-31. 2016 Blackout dates are as follows: January: 1-4, 15, 18; February: 12, 15. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Flights may not operate daily. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. For travel solely between points in the Western Region (LAS/LAX/PDX/PSP/PVR/SAN/SEA/SFO/SJD only) and AUS-DAL, changes or cancellations can be made for a $100 fee per guest through all channels, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. For all other itineraries, changes or cancellations can be made for a $150 fee per guest through all channels, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. Any remaining balance will be placed in a guest's travel bank, good for travel on Virgin America for one year from date of issue. Changes or cancellations of a booking made with Elevate Points will be subject to a $100 redeposit fee per guest. Guests who no-show without a change or cancellation prior to the scheduled departure time will forfeit the amount of this fare. In addition, any future flights booked in the same reservation will also be canceled and the fare will be forfeited. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through our reservation call center will cost an additional $20 per guest per itinerary. Any added cost associated with purchasing tickets from Virgin America through our reservation call center will be non-refundable. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. For Main Cabin Select, Virgin America will accept one (1) piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds free of charge for each ticketed guest. The fee per guest for each additional checked bag up to 50 pounds from the second (2) to the tenth (10) is $25. For First Class, Virgin America will accept two (2) pieces of checked baggage up to 50 pounds free of charge for each ticketed guest.  Virgin America will accept up to ten pieces of checked baggage, up to 50 pounds each, per ticketed guest traveling within the U.S. The fee for each piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds in Main Cabin is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply.

**Any guest calling within the United States has access to a complimentary telecommunication relay service by dialing 711. For more information, go to: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/telecomm.asp

*** Virgin America's cached television will be available on Hawaii flights; however, the airline's live satellite television line-up and WiFi will not be available over the Pacific during Hawai'i flights.

[1] 2014 Visitor Arrivals by Air, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, State of Hawai'i 

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