Virgin America Plans Service Expansion This Summer

virgin americaVirgin America is planning an expansion of its network that includes service to Orlando International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport. Daily nonstop flights to Orlando from both Los Angeles and San Francisco will begin August 19. Pending approval from the Department of Transportation (DOT), the carrier will offer daily nonstop service from both California airports to Toronto beginning in June.

The carrier is poised for growth in 2010— with six additional aircraft entering its fleet this year and three additional aircraft scheduled for the first quarter of 2011. By this time next year, the airline's fleet will have grown by almost one-third. To prepare for the expansion, the airline will end service to John Wayne Airport (SNA) effective May 26. All of Virgin America's SNA teammates will be guaranteed equivalent positions at the airline's expanding LAX base or in other areas of its growing operation.

Fares for L.A.-Orlando flights start at $149 as San Francisco-Orlando fares start at $199 one way in the main cabin.

On the heels of the announcement of new service, Virgin America will file an application with the DOT today seeking authority to fly from the United States to Canada. If approved, this would become the airline's first international destination. As set forth in the application, Virgin America, subject to receipt of all operating authority, plans to begin service to Toronto as early as June.

In addition to Orlando and Toronto, Virgin America intends to announce at least three more new destinations in 2010.