Virgin America celebrates 8 years of flying

Virgin America said it has marked its eighth anniversary and eighth straight year as the top domestic airline in Travel + Leisure´s World´s Best Awards in typical Virgin America style with some of its biggest Bay Area supporters.

To mark the occasion, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee is honoring the hometown airline by naming August 8, 2015 “Virgin America Day” in the City. In turn, today Virgin America will be honoring its loyal flyers with a “We´re Turning Eight. Let the Party Fly” network-wide fare sale with fares from USD38.

Virgin America´s birthday week festivities will continue at AT&T Park on Saturday, August 15, when the Official Airline of the San Francisco Giants celebrates “Virgin America Night” as the team hosts the Washington Nationals. As part of this special night at the ballpark, Special Olympics athlete (and Northern California native), Jose Ayala, who just took home a silver medal in the Javelin at the Special Olympics World Games, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to commemorate the airline´s partnership with the organization this summer.

Virgin America donated USD50,000 in flights to support travel needs of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, and hosted a “Fans in the Stands” day for Virgin America teammates to cheer on the Special Olympics athletes in a soccer match during the World Games.

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 US Airline” in Conde Nast Traveler´s Readers´ Choice Awards and “Best Domestic Airline” in Travel + Leisure´s World´s Best Awards for the past eight consecutive years.