Photo: Virgin America
I’m kind of a Virgin geek. I flew with them on my first (and only) trip to Europe in college, a direct flight from San Francisco to London. It was a great experience, especially considering that at that age I was very terrified of flying and staring at the nose of a 747 through the terminal window for an hour before take off nearly made me pee my pants.
Luckily, I had been upgraded. Apparently I had somehow charmed the airline guy when I ran over his foot with my, as he called it, “500-pound suitcase.” He bumped me to business class, putting me in a window seat on the second floor of the plane directly behind first class. Posh, for me.
Last year Virgin finally expanded into the states with Virgin America, thankfully setting up their hub in San Francisco. I believe the first flights offered were to Las Vegas, NYC, San Diego, DC and LA. They’ve since expanded to Seattle, Boston, Orange County. When they launched I immediately signed up for an airline membership (even though I don’t fly that often) and have flown with them twice.
It’s been a great experience, they remind me of Jetblue back when they first started, only better. The flight attendants weren’t anything special, but the planes are new, you get your own TV and, most importantly, it’s still relatively cheap to fly with them. I flew to NYC a few months ago and paid just over $300 for a direct flight.
If you find yourself flying between any of the above cities, I highly recommend you give them a try.