September 2, 2008

Virgin America Launches JFK-LAS Route With In-Flight Screening of Entourage and Las Vegas Airport Celebrations

ADVISORY, Sept. 2, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Virgin America is launching its new non-stop service from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) and marking the occasion with an in-flight sneak peek of Entourage Season 5 and festivities upon arrival at LAS. Airport leadership and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority will fete guests at the arrival gate in true Las Vegas fashion: with showgirls, champagne and much fanfare.

Members of the media are invited to attend the LAS airport reception and an Entourage themed after-party hosted by the N9NE Group in the Playboy Club at Palms Casino Resort. Guests will receive complimentary VIP travel from CLS Transportation from LAS to the Palms Casino Resort.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Accredited media only at airport event. Interested media MUST e-mail their full name, date of birth, Social Security number and affiliation to [email protected] no later than noon Pacific Daylight Time on Sept. 2 to arrange for the escorts and airport visitor badges required under Transportation Security Administration regulations.

    WHEN:  September 4, 2008 - 5:30pm check-in, event program at 6:15pm,         8pm Playboy Club   WHERE: Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)   VISUALS:  * Virgin America Airbus A320 Named "Entourage Air" met with     traditional water cannon salute  * Showgirls greeting guests arriving on first flight at LAS Gates     D32-34  * Passengers and Virgin America and HBO leadership arriving   MEDIA AVAILABILITY:  * Rosemary Vassiliadis, Deputy Director, Clark County Department of     Aviation  * Terry Jicinsky, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Las Vegas     Convention and Visitors Authority  * Virgin America CEO and President David Cush  * Virgin America high-earning frequent fliers (Elevate members)     on the flight   FOR MORE INFORMATION:          LAS, Chris Jones / [email protected] / (702) 261-5290    LVCVA, Erika Pope / [email protected] / (702) 892-7664    Virgin America, [email protected] / (650)533-7576 

Virgin America currently flies to seven cities with flights from: SFO to LAX, SFO to JFK, SFO to SAN, SFO to IAD, SFO to LAS, SFO to SEA, LAX to JFK, LAX to IAD, LAX to SEA and starting Sept. 4, non-stop JFK to LAS.

EDITORS NOTE: Virgin America is a U.S.-controlled and operated airline and an entirely separate company from Virgin Atlantic. Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group is a minority share investor in Virgin America.

About Virgin America: Launched in August 2007, Virgin America offers guests attractive fares and a host of innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel. Virgin America's base of operations is San Francisco International Airport's ultra-modern and convenient International Terminal. The airline's new Airbus A320-family aircraft offer interactive in-flight entertainment systems and power outlets for laptops and other electronic gear. In July 2008, Virgin America was named "Best Domestic Airline" in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards. In Zagat's 2007 Global Airlines Survey, the airline was ranked #1 among U.S. carriers for quality in First/Business Class and #2 in Main Cabin. To learn more:

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About HBO Entourage: From executive producers Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Doug Ellin, Rob Weiss and Denis Biggs, HBO's award-winning, hit comedy series ENTOURAGE draws on the experiences of industry insiders, and stars Adrian Grenier as Vince, who is enjoying life in the limelight as a hot young actor; Kevin Connolly as Eric, Vince's manager, who tries to help him make the right choices; Kevin Dillon as Vince's half-brother Drama, whose own career has been eclipsed by Vince's success; Jerry Ferrara as Turtle, the least savvy of the group; and Golden Globe(r) and two-time Emmy(r) winner Jeremy Piven as Ari, who serves as Vince's aggressive, high-powered agent.

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