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I could eat a…  With Winter Storm Jeremy just around the corner, Jesse Sokolow has some fine tips for dealing with holiday travel.  While you could try to travel ahead of time or take a train rather than a plane, why don’t you consider walking?  Nobody cancels roads, and while it might take a few weeks to reach …

Virgin America Begins Seasonal JFK-Fort Lauderdale Route

Virgin America Begins Seasonal JFK-Fort Lauderdale Route

Virgin American announced the launch of new daily seasonal service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Thursday.  In addition, the airline said that it will be adding a second weekly flight to its seasonal service between JFK and Palm Springs, California.
Flights to Fort Lauderdale depart at 8:00 a.m. and arrive at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at 11:05 a.m.  Flights from Fort Lauderdale to …

Virgin America Hits Milestone in Gogo Wi-Fi Upgrade

Virgin America Hits Milestone in Gogo Wi-Fi Upgrade

Virgin America announced that it has completed the upgrade of all of its aircraft to Gogo’s ATG-4 in-flight Internet service.
Gogo’s new ATG-4 service is significantly faster than the original ATG system.  ATG-4 supports three times the peak bandwidth to the aircraft, or 9.8 Mbps versus 3.1.
Virgin currently has 53 Airbus A320 family aircraft in its fleet.  The airline performed its final ATG-4 installation this week on an Airbus A319 plane …

Virgin America Load Factor Up Slightly in October

Virgin America Load Factor Up Slightly in October

Virgin America announced operational results for October 2014.
The airline’s total traffic for the month was 810 million revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year decrease of 1.1% from 819 million RPMs in October 2013.
The carrier’s total capacity for October also decreased, down 2.7% to 988 million available seat miles, or ASMs, from 1.015 billion ASMs in the same month of last year.
Meanwhile, Virgin’s passenger load factor increased by 1.3 percentage …

Virgin America Begins LaGuardia-Dallas Love Field Flights

Virgin America Begins LaGuardia-Dallas Love Field Flights

Virgin America announced the launch of new service between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Dallas Love Field.  Flights operate four times daily.
From New York, flights depart at 7:00 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 3:45 p.m., and 6:30 p.m., and arrive in Dallas at 9:55 a.m., 2:50 p.m., 6:40 p.m., and 9:25 p.m., respectively.  Flights from Dallas depart at 7:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:25 p.m., and 4:40 p.m., and arrive in New York …

Virgin America, China Airlines Begin New Codeshare Flights

Virgin America, China Airlines Begin New Codeshare Flights

Virgin America announced the launch of new codeshare flights in partnership with China Airlines.
Under the new agreement, China Airlines will now be able to place its code on Virgin America flights to Boston, Chicago, Dallas Love Field, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Newark, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Seattle, and Washington Dulles, from both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The new codeshare flights expand upon the airlines’ existing codeshare agreement, …

Virgin America Reports Rise in Traffic for September

Virgin America Reports Rise in Traffic for September

Virgin America announced preliminary operational results for September 2014.
The San Francisco-based carrier’s total system traffic for the month was 765 million revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 1.8%, up from 751 million in September 2013.
Total system-wide capacity for the month was down, dropping 1.9% to 965 million available seat miles, or ASMs, from 986 million last year.
The airline reported a system-wide load factor of 79.2%, a year-over-year …