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Virgin America Expands LA Flights

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Sir Richard Branson (courtesy KXNT/Smith

Sir Richard Branson (courtesy KXNT/Smith

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(Las Vegas, NV) — Virgin America, the award-winning U.S. airline known for its low fares, mood-lit cabins and upscale service, now offers three daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS).

The three daily roundtrip flights will add to the airline’s existing service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to LAS and from New York’s Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to LAS.

“We are going to have three new, nonstop flights from Los Angeles, which is our number one market as of Monday. That is critical for us. When you put brand Virgin America and brand Las Vegas together it is a winning combination. We are all going to win with this new service,” says Rossi Ralenkotter, President/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

At McCarran Monday, the airline’s inaugural LAX-LAS guests received a Vegas welcome with a Virgin twist at a red carpet reception at the LAS arrival gate. First flight guests, including celebrities, Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin America CEO David Cush, were met by local Las Vegas officials and LAS leadership. After walking the LAS red carpet upon arrival, flight guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails like the “Virgintini” and “The Cosmopolitan,” designed by Property Mixologist Christopher Hopkins from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

“With service named best in the U.S., Virgin America’s upscale flight experience is a perfect match for those headed to one of the world’s most iconic travel destinations. Although there is competition in this market, we saw an opportunity to provide travelers not only attractive fares but a better, more stylish flight option,” said David Cush, Virgin America’s President and CEO. “With our custom-designed cabins, award-winning service and our new Loft at LAX, our guests’ Vegas experience now can begin at the airport. Whether traveling for escape or to one of the many trade events or conferences hosted here each year, we hope that choosing Virgin America will become one of their better Vegas decisions!”

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