Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Emirates and Virgin America Partner to Offer Enhanced Connections to West Coast Gateways

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – December 14, 2010 – Emirates, the Dubai-based international carrier, now offers U.S. travelers the option to book flights with connecting service on Virgin America, making travel easier and more convenient with one seamless itinerary.

From Los Angeles, passengers can now book a connecting flight on Virgin America to Boston, Dallas Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Washington DC and Toronto. Emirates’ San Francisco service now connects to Virgin America destinations including Boston, Dallas Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Orlando, San Diego, Seattle, Washington DC and Toronto.

The frequency of both Emirates and Virgin America flights mean a shorter stop-over time for passengers continuing on to Dubai, while the increased connections make traveling to the Middle East hub more accessible throughout the U.S.

“Our new agreement with Virgin America will bring our American West Coast gateways within easier reach of dozens of U.S. cities, making travel more convenient for customers travelling to or from the Middle East and beyond,” said Nigel Page, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations for Americas and Africa. “This partnership is a further demonstration of our commitment to the United States and we will continue to look for new opportunities to enhance our service provision moving forwards.”

“We’re pleased to partner with an airline also known for offering travelers a world-class flying experience – with a focus on upscale amenities and outstanding service,” said Adam Green, Director of Network Planning at Virgin America. “We hope this new agreement will offer guests a more seamless travel experience on two airlines known for the quality of their service.”

Emirates currently flies twice daily from Los Angeles, Houston and New York City, and daily from San Francisco non-stop to Dubai. In addition to award-winning onboard service, multi-course meals and 1,200 channels of on-demand entertainment, Emirates passengers in transit at Dubai International Airport can enjoy state-of-the-art facilities at Terminal 3, dedicated exclusively to the international carrier. An Emirates lounge is set to debut at San Francisco International Terminal in February 2011.

Bookings may be made on Emirates tickets only and can be purchased through www.emirates.com, Emirates call centers, partner travel agencies and other online travel agencies.

About Emirates: Emirates currently serves 109 cities around the globe with a young and technologically advanced fleet of 153 wide-bodied aircraft that are equipped with industry-leading comforts in the air. Additionally, Emirates has 200 wide-bodied aircraft on order, worth over US$68 billion, and is the leading customer of the Airbus A380 with 15 in its fleet and 75 on order, powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines. Fast Company Magazine recently picked the airline as one of the 50 “Most Innovative Companies” in the world and Emirates was also awarded the “World’s Best Airline Inflight Entertainment” for the sixth year at the 2010 Skytrax World Airline Awards. Operations on Emirates from New York, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco connect America to the world through the airline’s route network with extensive connections from Dubai to the Far East, Australia and Africa. For more information, visit www.emirates.com/usa

About Virgin America: Headquartered in California and launched in August 2007, Virgin America offers guests attractive fares and a host of innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel, including in-flight internet service on every flight and the most advanced touch-screen entertainment platform in the skies. The airline’s base of operations is San Francisco International Airport. In just three years flying, Virgin America has created 1,700 new jobs and has swept the major reader-based travel awards, including “Best Domestic Airline” in the Condé Nast Traveler 2008, 2009 and 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards and “Best Domestic Airline” in Travel + Leisure’s 2008, 2009 and 2010 World’s Best Awards. For photos and more, visit: http://www.virginamerica.com/

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