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First low-fare carrier flight launches from San Francisco to airport closest to DCA

Virgin America connects The Bay to The Beltway with new non-stop Flights

Virgin America, which will launch its new DCA service as it celebrates its fifth anniversary of operations, and it is the first low-fare carrier to fly from San Francisco to airport closest to DCA.

Virgin America is celebrating the launch of its new low-fare, upscale nonstop service to Washington DC’s Reagan National Airport (DCA) with a red, white and blue arrival reception for its first commercial flight guests from San Francisco International Airport (SFO).  The airline is hosting an irreverent election-themed celebration for its first guests, with a red carpet “campaign rally”-style welcome at DCA’s Gate 26.  Known for its inventive design and amenities like hip moodlighting, fleetwide WiFi and a touch-screen entertainment platform at every seat, the airline has teamed up with Rock the Vote to help launch the new service with a unique promotion to encourage First Flight guests to register to vote via Virgin America’s Red™ in-flight entertainment system.  Some “presidential” impersonators will be joining the flight and talking to flyers on both sides of the aisle.

Even with the size of the travel market and the region’s vibrant innovation-based economy, until this year, the San Francisco Bay Area did not have nonstop flights to DCA. The new SFO-DCA route became available following the enactment of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which authorized the DOT to award a limited number of new flights to U.S. domestic airports located beyond DCA’s 1,250-mile “perimeter limit.”  

The airline’s new SFO-DCA schedule is focused on convenient morning and late afternoon/evening departures and arrivals for Bay Area travelers and Washington DC area travelers respectively.

Vicky Karantzavelou
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