Virgin America launches intrastate flights from Los Angeles to San Jose

Virgin America’s 149-seat A320 nicknamed #nerdbird performed the inaugural flight to San Jose. The airline’s CEO, David Cush, and Sir Richard Branson posed onboard to mark the new route. In the meantime, Virgin America’s network planning team is busy drawing expansion plans at San Jose with new, longer routes in the pipeline.

  • Virgin America, the recent winner of anna.aero’s Route of the Week prize, added the 15th destination to its offering in Los Angeles, CA (LAX) on 1 May, as it launched a new intrastate service. The airline offers 27 weekly frequencies on the 500-kilometre route to San Jose, CA (SJC), which it operates using A320s. Sir Richard Branson commented on the new route: “Compared with San Francisco International Airport, San Jose is nicer, more tech-friendly and easier to get to for Silicon Valley-based passengers. If we can give them the routes, also in longer markets, they will fly with us.” Competition is significant, as Southwest Airlines (66 weekly flights), American Airlines (42), Alaska Airlines (20) and United Airlines (12) are already present in the market connecting the two Californian locations.

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