Virgin America Connects San Francisco To Denver On March 15

Airline to Connect Booming SF and Denver Innovation Economies with Tech-Forward Flights

Sir Richard Branson, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock & LinkedIn Host Live-Streamed Chat from First Flight via Airline's High-Speed WiFi

Mar 14, 2016, 10:00 ET from Virgin America

SAN FRANCISCO, March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin America, the Bay Area-based airline known for reinventing flying, is celebrating the launch of its new service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Denver International Airport (DEN) – two of the nation's top innovation economies – with a festive welcome reception for its first commercial flight into Denver hosted by Virgin Group's 'Trailblazer in Chief', Sir Richard Branson – with a short speaking program featuring Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver International Airport (DEN) CEO, Kim Day and Virgin America CEO, David Cush. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Virgin America has grown a loyal following of flyers for its business-friendly and tech-forward flight experience – including being the first and only U.S. carrier to offer fleetwide WiFi and power outlets at every seat. The Denver area, which has been dubbed "Silicon Mountain" because of its own booming innovation economy, is today the number one most requested destination by the airline's corporate clients.

On the morning of March 15th, onboard the SFO – DEN inaugural flight, the airline will convene a live-streamed discussion on the future of entrepreneurship with Branson, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, LinkedIn VP of Global Consumer Products Ryan Roslansky, founders from the Virgin Media and Techstars' accelerator class and LinkedIn users worldwide via the airline's high-speed WiFi – moderated by LinkedIn Executive Editor Dan Roth. Upon touchdown at DEN, Branson will also show local travelers what they've been missing when not flying Virgin America – with a fun, virtual reality tour of the airline's cabins thanks to Google Cardboard viewers and Street View in Google Maps.

As part of Virgin America's effort to grow roots in the Denver community, Denver-based high school students from the Knowledge is Power Program's' tech entrepreneur program will be joining the airline's live-streamed discussion in-flight on March 15th – along with entrepreneurs –including some from the Denver area, from the 'Virgin Media Accelerator, powered by Techstars', an intense 13-week mentorship and guidance program launched by the UK's ultrafast broadband provider, Virgin Media, and global entrepreneur ecosystem, Techstars.  


March 15, 2016

Press conference to begin at 11am

  • Media should arrive no later than 10am MT to get through airport security


Denver International Airport, East Terminal

  • Media must RSVP in advance for gate access – RSVP must include full name & date of birth of those attending


  • Kim Day, Denver International Airport CEO
  • Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver
  • David Cush, Virgin America President and CEO
  • Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder


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  • Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, DEN CEO Kim Day, Sir Richard Branson and Virgin America CEO David Cush arriving on the inaugural flight and addressing guests at the gate during a press conference
  • Virgin America inaugural flight guests deplaning LinkedIn's VP of Global Consumer Products Ryan Roslansky
  • Business travelers checking out what they've been missing when not flying Virgin America – with a fun, virtual reality tour of the airline's cabins thanks to Google Cardboard viewers and Google Street View
  • Inaugural flight guests, including business travelers and Virgin Media Accelerator, powered by Techstars entrepreneurs toasting Virgin America's new service at DEN with bubbly at a Virgin-style red carpet fête at the gate
  • Sir Richard Branson walking with Virgin America in-flight teammates down the concourse to give away a limited number of free flights on Virgin America and Google Cardboard viewers with a virtual view of the airline's cabins to flyers at DEN


EDITORS NOTE: Virgin America is a U.S.-controlled and operated airline and is an entirely separate company from Virgin Atlantic. Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group is a minority share investor in Virgin America.

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 Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards and "Best Domestic Airline" in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards for the past seven consecutive years. Virgin America's fleet of new Airbus A320 Family aircraft offer a host of innovative features at every seat on every flight – including power outlets, touch-screen seatback entertainment and three beautifully designed, "mood-lit" classes of service. The airline remains the first and still only U.S. carrier to offer WiFi on every flight – and recently added even higher-speed satellite-based WiFi to its new delivery aircraft. For more:

About the Denver International Airport: Denver International Airport is the 17th-busiest airport in the world and the fifth-busiest airport in the United States. With more than 53 million passengers traveling through the airport each year, DEN is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world's largest aviation market. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $26 billion for the region annually. For more information visit, check us out on YouTubePinterest, and Instagram, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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