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The Best Low-Cost Airline in North America

Posted on: 14/02/2013

The Best Low-Cost Airline in North America

Virgin America

VIRGIN AMERICA was named as the Best Low-Cost Airline in North America at the 2012 Skytrax World Airline Awards held at Farnborough Air Show. Virgin America is a relative newcomer to the U.S. low-cost market, initiating service in August 2007. It serves 17 destinations (including Mexican cities of Puerta Vallarta, Los Cabos and Cancún) with a fleet of 49 planes.

Since launching in 2007, Virgin America has racked up a list of travel industry “best in class” awards. VIRGIN AMERICA was also voted to be the “Best North American Airline for First-Class Service, Best In-Flight Service in North America and the Best Domestic Airline in Premier Traveler Magazine’s 2012.

Virgin America, with its mood-lit cabins and fleet-wide Wi-Fi, has quickly become popular among American travelers across the country.

meatloaf, Virgin America meal

For the fifth year in a row, Virgin America has been named best U.S. airline by readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. [Editor’s note: I have flown Virgin America – a trip paid for by FareCompare – and it was indeed a terrific ride].

A quick glance at Virgin America‘s interactive route map shows the carrier specializes primarily in long-haul, coast-to-coast flights. Virgin America‘s hub is San Francisco. The airline specializes in low-cost, long-haul flights across the North American continent. Los Angeles is a focus city, and there multiple non-stop flights between coasts.

Unlike some budget airlines, Virgin America does offer first-class seating. Depending upon the section in which they are seated, passengers might pay extra fees for pillows, snacks and in-flight movies. Virgin America won the 2012 Readers’ Choice Award for U.S. budget airlines.



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