Philadelphia Mayor Michael A Nutter, Congressman Chaka Fattah and Virgin America CEO David Cush joined Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin America crew in celebrating the airline’s arrival in Philly. Branson then posed with the Green Man and Glenn Howerton from the TV series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
- Philadelphia (PHL), the airport analysed this week, has welcomed Virgin America, its first new airline in eight years, with the launch last week of double daily flights to Los Angeles (LAX). A second route to San Francisco launched this week and will be covered in next week’s anna.aero. The LAX route is already served by US Airways (up to five daily flights), United (daily flights) and Delta (five weekly flights). According to Virgin America President and CEO David Cush: “Philadelphia is a vibrant, world class city that deserves more airline competition. In addition to bringing low fare competition to routes previously only served nonstop by legacy carriers, we believe our unique service will be a welcome change for Philadelphians tired of the typical domestic airline cattle car.” Mayor Michael A Nutter added: “This is a great day for Philadelphia and our airport. We are thrilled that travellers in our region now have convenient access to Virgin America’s award-winning service. This new service to the West Coast will stimulate our regional economy and give travellers more choices. It’s a pleasure to welcome Virgin America to our airport family, and I congratulate this fine airline for recognising the value of doing business with our great city.”