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Travel + Leisure 2012 World's Best Awards

Virgin America ranks No.1 among domestic airlines in Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards

Virgin America, the California-based airline that is reinventing travel, took the top honors for the fifth consecutive year as "Best Domestic Airline" in the prestigious Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards readers’ survey.   The annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards highlight the results of a survey that captures the opinions of Travel + Leisure readers on their favorite travel experiences. In this 17th annual readers’ survey, airlines were rated by Travel + Leisure readers in four categories, including: cabin comfort, in-flight service, customer service and value.  Virgin America was ranked as the top domestic airline for the fifth consecutive year.

"We are honored to have won top marks from Travel + Leisure readers for the fifth year in a row," said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. "There are many awards that rank airlines that are paid or that include only the largest airlines, so it is a real distinction to win the top quality ranking in an independent survey of thousands of some of the most discerning travelers out there.  As we mark our fifth year anniversary this summer, this award is a testament to our unique product and the continued dedication of our teammates – who work so hard to elevate every guest experience."

The Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards results, including the Top Hotels Overall and Top 10 Cities Overall, are featured on travelandleisure.com/worldsbest now and in Travel + Leisure’s August issue, available on newsstands July 20. The winners in each category will be honored July 19 at the Conrad New York Hotel in New York City. The award ceremony will be hosted by Travel + Leisure’s Editor-in-Chief Nancy Novogrod and Vice President and Publisher Jean-Paul Kyrillos.

To further celebrate its ranking among travel aficionados, the airline asks flyers to contribute their own "High Five" photos by creating a "Virgin America High Five" pin board on Pinterest made up of five pins that reflect their top five travel highlights on Virgin America (or at a Virgin America destination) over the past five years and submitting it by 11:59pm PT on July 12. The airline will tweet, re-pin and share some of the top contenders over the next week, and will announce a winner (as determined by a panel of judges) at the end of the contest. The winner will score five free Main Cabin roundtrip flights on Virgin America.

With topnotch guest service, beautiful design and a host of inventive amenities, Virgin America has captured a list of industry best-in-class awards since launching service in 2007. With one of the youngest fleets in the U.S., Virgin America offers guests sleek, tech-forward aircraft cabins with custom-designed seating, fleetwide in-flight WiFi, a cabin ‘moodlighting’ system which transitions across 12 shades based on outside light, power outlets near every seat and the most advanced in-flight entertainment system in the skies. The Red in-flight entertainment platform offers every traveler a seatback touch-screen with 25 on-demand films, live and premium TV, interactive Google Maps, music videos, videogames, seat-to-seat chat, a 3000 MP3 library and an on-demand menu – so guests can order a cocktail or meal from their seatback any time during a flight. Virgin America offers one of the largest selections of fresh menu items, with a focus on lighter, more health-focused options in keeping with the airline’s California roots. The menu was also named best in the U.S. in 2009 by Travel & Leisure. 

As one of the few growing U.S. airlines, Virgin America has expanded to 18 destinations, a fleet of 52 new aircraft and 2,600 teammates since its launch nearly five years ago. Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. (IAD), Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Portland and Washington D.C.’s  Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) (as of August 14, 2012).

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