Alaska Airlines Virgin America begin new service from San Francisco to New Orleans

Alaska Airlines and Virgin America have launched nonstop service between San Francisco International Airport and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, connecting the Bay Area to the “Big Easy,” the companies said.

The new route is part of the largest network expansion in Alaska Airlines´ 85-year history and is one of 33 new California routes to launch this year.

San Francisco guests traveling to New Orleans today will be serenaded by a live jazz band and treated to New Orleans-themed breakfast items, as well as festive Mardi Gras beads and masks on-board.

Virgin America´s A320 family of aircraft will operate the new route with three classes of service, power outlets throughout the cabin, custom leather seats with adjustable headrests and a selection of food and beverage inspired by local chefs. The entire Alaska Airlines fleet, which includes Airbus aircraft, now offers free movies and Free Chat onboard. With Free Chat, guests flying with Virgin America can now use iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger on their smartphones to send greetings from 35,000 feet.

Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million guests a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America” in the J.D. Power North America Satisfaction Study for 10 consecutive years from 2008 to 2017. Learn more about Alaska´s award-winning service and unmatched reliability at newsroom.alaskaair.com and blog.alaskaair.com. Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).