America intends to serve six markets in the first nine months of operation if
the carrier can convince the US DOT to reverse its denial of an air operator’s
San Francisco-based airline is currently appealing a late tentative decision by
the regulator that denied the start-up’s launch application over concerns that
foreign investors, notably British entrepreneur Richard Branson, has undue and
illegal influence on the company.
this, Virgin America today said that should it appease those concerns, it will
add Las Vegas and Washington DC as well as and intra-California flights to Los
Angeles and San Diego to its network within nine months of its launch.
airline has already said its first route will be a nonstop service between its
base and New York JFK.
exciting to share our plans for our first destinations we plan to serve this
year,” says Virgin America CEO Fred Reid in a statement. “Of course, we’re
still working hard to complete our certification process. Considering the far
reaching, significant changes our investors recently made to the company to
address the [DOT’s] concerns, we are hopeful to complete the certification
process at the earliest possible date.”
today also indicated that Virgin America intends to serve up to 10 cities
within its first year and as many as 30 destinations within five years.
a third of these markets are
in Florida, and include Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa and West Palm Beach.
being considered are Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; Boston;
Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland; Dallas;
Denver; Detroit; Hartford, Connecticut; Houston; Indianapolis, Indiana; Kansas
City, Missouri; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Minneapolis/St Paul; Nashville,
Tennessee; New York Newark; New Orleans, Louisiana; Philadelphia; Phoenix;
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Providence, Rhode Island; Portland, Oregon;
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Sacramento, California; Salt Lake City; San
Antonio, Texas; San Jose, California; Seattle, St Louis, Missouri.