Virgin America Connects Silicon Valley To Silicon Mountain: Denver Flights Launch On March 15

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

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

Mar 14, 2016, 11:00 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) with an "entrepreneurial" send-off 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 Hancock, LinkedIn Vice President of Global Consumer Products Ryan Roslansky, Virgin America CEO David Cush and SFO leadership. 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 still 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.

To kick off the new flights linking two of the nation's top innovation economies, Virgin America will host a festive send-off of its first Denver-bound commercial flight from its sleek home at Terminal 2 at SFO and will convene a live-streamed discussion on the future of entrepreneurship onboard the SFO-DEN inaugural flight with Branson, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, LinkedIn VP of Global Consumer Products Ryan Roslansky, start-up founders and LinkedIn users worldwide via the airline's high-speed WiFi – moderated by LinkedIn Executive Editor Dan Roth. Virgin America and LinkedIn will be announcing a larger partnership on March 15 – and travelers will be treated to a LinkedIn "Profile Makeover" where they can obtain tips and tricks to spruce up their LinkedIn profiles – including the right headshot – with makeup artists and photography provided compliments of LinkedIn at the Virgin America gate.



March 15, 2016

Press conference to begin at 6:30am

   • Media should arrive no later than 5:45am PDT to get through airport security


San Francisco International Airport, Terminal 2

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


SFO Airport Leadership

David Cush, Virgin America President and CEO

Ryan Roslansky, LinkedIn VP of Global Consumer Products

Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver

Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder


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Business travelers participating in LinkedIn's profile makeover sessions at the Virgin America gate – receiving tips to spruce up their profile complete with makeup artist and photographer

Sir Richard Branson, Virgin America CEO David Cush, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and LinkedIn VP of Consumer Products Ryan Roslansky addressing inaugural flight guests at the gate

Inaugural flight guests, including Sir Richard Branson, business travelers and entrepreneurs walking the red carpet to board the inaugural flight


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:

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