Arrival of Virgin America at PHL is a first since 2004

Next stop for Virgin America? Philadelphia!

Virgin America, a chic airline known for its unique passenger amenities, will begin nonstop service from Philadelphia International Airport to two popular West Coast destinations in April, officials announced yesterday.

Virgin America, which launched in 2007, is the first new airline at Philly International since Southwest in 2004. Its expansion to Philadelphia marks its fifth new city in the last 12 months and now features a total of 17 cities. The airline has established a reputation for passenger amenities, including custom-designed mood-lit cabins, wireless Internet and seatback touch-screen TVs.

“This is exciting news for the citizens of Philadelphia and the region as our great airport scores another home run for us,” Mayor Michael Nutter said in a news release. “Virgin America will join the airport family offering new service to the West Coast, while stimulating our regional economy and expanding the choices for our travelers.”

US Airways is the only PHL carrier that offers service to both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Delta flies to L.A., and United Airlines travels to San Francisco.



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