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Virgin America to start Hawaii service in 2015

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:22 p.m. HST, Apr 10, 2013

Virgin America said today it hopes to expand service to Hawaii in 2015.

The low-cost airline recently announced it has added to its fleet an Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklets, or wing tips, which improve fuel efficiency and enable the jet to make extended trips over water.

The A320 with Sharklets can reach Hawaii from the West Coast.

“We hope to expand our route network to include Hawaii in 2015, when we begin taking delivery of more Sharklet-equipped A320s,” said Virgin spokeswoman Jennifer Thomas, in an email.

The expansion to Hawaii was first reported by AirlineReporter.com in an interview with Virgin America CEO David Cush.

When asked if the A320 with Sharklets would allow Virgin America to open any new routes, Cush said, “The main thing is that it lets you do West Coast to Hawaii, and that’s something you can’t do with the current aircraft. And so we’ll be using Sharklet equipped airplanes in 2015 when we start flying to Hawaii, and we can’t do that without the Sharklets.”

Cush said the airline will be adding 10 Airbus jets with Sharklets from 2015 to 2016.

Virgin America is a U.S.-controlled and operated airline and is separate from Virgin Atlantic. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is a minority share investor in Virgin America.

Virgin America is headquartered in Burlingame, Calif., and uses the San Francisco International Airport as its main hub.

Since its founding in 2007, the airline has expanded to 20 airport destinations, most on the East or West Coasts.

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thatsashame_0723 wrote:
So on this. They are awesome and I make it a point to fly them whenever possible on the mainland. Looking forward to it...
on April 10,2013 | 04:18PM
onlyaloha wrote:
Sorry but you can't beat Hawaiian Airlines service. They are among the best in the USA but far from the best compared to International carriers.
on April 10,2013 | 04:46PM
thatsashame_0723 wrote:
Too bad they're behind VA who just took the top spot for domestic airlines for 2012. (Site: Airline Quality Rating Report) Hawaiian took 5th.
on April 10,2013 | 08:36PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Absoluely the best airline for domestic routes. If you haven't had a chance to fly them, try them out . I'm not a homeboy for Hawaiian, but Vigin's passenger cabiin with all their amenities and a very pleasent cabin crew....kicks butt. Virgin #1, Hawaiian #2. Nobody else deserves to be ranked from the mainland. More seats to/from mainland can't hurt. Virgin is not a joke like Alegiant. Richard Branson has a quality product.
on April 10,2013 | 05:25PM
thatsashame_0723 wrote:
Yup. The whole experience from check in to inflight service is awesome.
on April 10,2013 | 08:37PM
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