Pet-friendly Virgin America today celebrated the launch of its new daily round-trip service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). It’s probably just a matter of time before Boo the Dog, the airline’s official pet liaison, is spotted on Austin’s historical Sixth Street.
The airline celebrated its first flight touching down in Austin with a red-carpet welcome for its first commercial guests at the AUS arrival gate. (Sorry, but Boo the Dog wasn’t onboard.) In keeping with Austin and the Virgin brand’s musical roots, guests onboard the inaugural flight were also treated to a live, in-flight acoustic performance onboard the Airbus A320 family aircraft by the award-winning Austin-based psychedelic rock band, The Bright Light Social Hour. En route from SFO to the “live music capital of the world,” the band surprised guests and performed in the aisles on the commercial flight. Parts of the unique “in air” concert were streamed via the airline’s in-flight WiFi and footage can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/virginamerica.
As the music fan’s airline of choice, Virgin America offers a library of music videos, more than 4,000 curated MP3s and the ability for guests to build their own custom music playlist in-flight – all via the touch-screen Red™ entertainment platform at every seat. Fares between San Francisco and Austin start from $79 (taxes and fees included and restrictions applying) and are available for purchase now at www.virginamerica.com and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN
To help usher the airline into its newest destination, Virgin America is hosting an evening launch party at local live music hot spot Cedar Street Courtyard, where The Bright Light Social Hour will again entertain flight guests, local partners and friends.
Connecting flights will be available from Austin to the carrier’s Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Anchorage (seasonal – starting June 6, 2013) destinations.