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Virgin America Toasts New California to Toronto Flights, Sets Sight on Next Routes

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Virgin America, the California-based airline, celebrated on June 30 the launch of its first international city with new service to Toronto, Canada from two California cities, and set its sight on its next destinations.

The new Toronto service was celebrated on a flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) through San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). The airline's Toronto schedule includes one daily nonstop and one daily through flight from San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Richard Branson and Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson onboard the LAX to SFO leg, and via WiFi at 35,000 feet over the California coast, they announced the airline's intent to serve a new destination: Mexico.

Upon touchdown, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom welcomed Sir Richard, Gov. Schwarzenegger and other guests. The SFO to YYZ flight then continued on to cross the border in style with Drake, the Toronto native and GRAMMY nominated recording artist, hosting a mile-high party en route.

"Today is a great day for airline competition, for our teammates and for travelers," said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. "When more airlines compete, consumers win with lower fares and better service. At a time when most airlines are contracting and consumers expect less and less, we're proud to be growing, operating responsibly and offering travelers a very different kind of flight experience."

Virgin America is now poised for major growth, with the launch of five new destinations in 2010, a fleet growth of close to two-thirds projected by Dec. 2011 and plans to double its teammate base by 2012.

"It is no surprise that the only airline headquartered in California is harnessing the best in technology and design to change how people fly. Virgin America has not only reinvented the in-flight experience, they are in step with California's nation-leading green policies and are leading the way to reduce their carbon footprint," said Schwarzenegger.

Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Toronto, and starting in the fall of 2010 - Orlando.

Virgin America is a U.S.-controlled, owned and operated airline. It is an entirely separate company from Virgin Atlantic. Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group is a minority share investor in Virgin America.