Virgin America ready to launch Orlando in October

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Virgin America announced today that it will commence service to Orlando from San Francisco and Los Angeles on 6 October.

The low-cost carrier says both routes will initially be served with one daily flight.

The services were originally slated to begin on 19 August, but was pushed back due to delays in deliveries of new leased aircraft. Virgin CEO David Cush told ATI in June that the aircraft were in Miami being fitted with the airline's interior and in-flight entertainment system.

The carrier will face competition on both routes.

United Airlines flies once-daily from San Francisco to Orlando using Airbus A320s, according to the Innovata database. American Airlines currently flies between Orlando and Los Angeles once per day, while Delta Air Lines and United each fly on the route twice per day.