Virgin America Announces Nerdbird Express San Francisco-Austin Route, Adds SFO-Anchorage

By Jesse Sokolow on 12 February 2013
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Virgin America's terminal at SFO

Virgin America’s terminal at SFO

Referring to it with the hashtag Nerdbird Express, because it goes between Silicon Valley and Silicon Hills, Virgin America announced it will begin daily nonstop service between San Francisco and Austin, Texas on May 21, 2013.  In addition, the airline also announced it will offer service six times a week between San Francisco and Anchorage, Alaska between June 6 and September 9, 2013.

Flights from San Francisco to Austin will depart from San Francisco International Airport at 10:15 a.m. and arrive at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport at 3:35 p.m., while flights from Austin will depart at 5:00 p.m. and arrive in San Francisco at 7:00 p.m.  On every day except Tuesday, flights from San Francisco to Anchorage will operate, departing at 8:00 p.m. and arriving at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport at 11:55 p.m.  Flights from Anchorage to San Francisco will depart at 12:50 a.m., on every day except Wednesday, and will arrive at 6:25 a.m.

From Austin, passengers will be able to connect to Virgin America’s West Coast destinations such as Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.  From Anchorage, travelers will be able to connect to San Diego, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas on the airline as well, in addition to Chicago and Philadelphia.

Flights will operate using an Airbus A320 aircraft.  Tickets for both new services are now available for purchase.

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