Officials at the Philadelphia International Airport announced today that Virgin America, a chic airline known for its unique passenger amenities, will begin non-stop service to California in April.

Starting April 4, the California-based airline will operate three daily flights from Philly to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) for $129. Starting April 10, the carrier will launch two daily flights from PHL to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) for $149. The fares are introductory rates and do not include taxes and fees.

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 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."


U.S. Airways is the only PHL carrier that offers service to both L.A. and San Francisco. Delta flies to L.A., and United travels to San Francisco.

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