Virgin America Connects Silicon Valley To Silicon Mountain
Sir Richard Branson, Denver Mayor & LinkedIn Host Live-Streamed Chat from First Flight via Airline's High-Speed WiFi.
Virgin America celebrates the launch of its new three-times daily service from San Francisco International Airport to Denver International Airport with a unique, «entrepreneurial» send-off hosted by Virgin Group’s ‘Trailblazer in Chief’, Sir Richard Branson. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Virgin America has grown a loyal following of flyers for its tech-forward flight experience – and the Denver area, which has been dubbed «Silicon Mountain» because of its own booming innovation economy, is today the number one most requested destination by the airline’s corporate clients.
Virgin America’s fleet of Airbus A320 Family aircraft offer a host of innovative features– including power outlets and touch-screen entertainment available at every seat and three beautifully designed, «mood-lit» classes of service offered on every flight. The airline remains the first and still only U.S. carrier to offer WiFi on every flight – and recently added the even higher-speed ViaSat satellite-based WiFi to its new delivery aircraft.
«Virgin America is ideally suited to serve the Denver area. This entrepreneurial airline puts an emphasis on providing premium service and high-tech amenities that are perfect for Denver’s growing number of startup employees and business travelers,» said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. «Denver is excited for this new air service to connect two cities that truly value innovation within their economies and I’m thrilled to welcome this airline to Colorado.»
To kick off the new flights linking two of the nation’s top innovation economies, Virgin America will convene a live-streamed discussion on the future of entrepreneurship onboard the inaugural flight with Branson, Mayor Hancock, LinkedIn VP of Global Consumer Products Ryan Roslansky, startup founders and LinkedIn users worldwide via the airline’s high-speed WiFi – moderated by LinkedIn Executive Editor Dan Roth.
«As the only airline based in Silicon Valley – and given our own startup roots and track record of shaking up an entire industry – we know how important it is to do things differently and look forward to helping keep business travelers on these routes even more productive and connected in-flight,» said Virgin America President and Chief Executive Officer, David Cush.