Virgin America CEO David Cush to Address the Speakers Forum Toronto


    


    
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<p>WHAT:  Virgin America, the San Francisco-based airline, recently announced expansion to its first international destination with new routes from <span class="xn-location">Toronto</span> Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to <span class="xn-location">Los Angeles</span> (LAX) and <span class="xn-location">San Francisco</span> (SFO).  Prior to Virgin America's touch-down in <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>, Virgin <span class="xn-person">America President</span> and CEO <span class="xn-person">David Cush</span> will be keynoting the Speakers Forum on <span class="xn-chron">June 4, 2010</span> to discuss, "The Outlook for Travel: Airline Competition and New Airline Entrants."</p>
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<p>As a new U.S. airline, Virgin America has been shaking things up in the U.S. by injecting healthy competition into new markets - with lower fares and better service.  Since its <span class="xn-chron">August 2007</span> launch, the airline has captured every major reader-based travel award in the U.S. with its innovative approach to cabin design, service and high-tech amenities.</p>
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<p>The carrier is also one of the few U.S. airlines thriving, expanding and adding jobs in the current climate.  The airline is expanding to five new destinations in 2010 and its fleet will grow by almost two-thirds by the end of 2011.</p>
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<p>Having spent 22 years at American Airlines prior to joining Virgin America in <span class="xn-chron">Dec 2007</span>, David brings an interesting perspective to the topic of competition in the airline industry and the obstacles that new entrant carriers face - especially given the climate of consolidation and the challenging economics in the sector.</p>
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<p>Founded in 1979, The Speakers Forum produces a four-part Corporate Lecture Series designed to help executives update their knowledge, nurture current clients and interact with prospective clients.  The Series offers a concentrated exposure to today's latest concepts and tools with respected leaders from business and politics.  Past speakers include: Federal Finance Minister The Hon. <span class="xn-person">Jim Flaherty</span>, <span class="xn-person">John Chambers</span>, <span class="xn-person">Larry King</span>, Nelson Mandela, <span class="xn-person">Jimmy Carter</span>, <span class="xn-person">Dr. Henry Kissinger</span>, <span class="xn-person">Ronald Reagan</span>, General <span class="xn-person">Colin Powell</span>, <span class="xn-person">Robert Kennedy</span> Jr.  and the Rt. Honorable <span class="xn-person">Jean Chretien</span>.  For more, visit: <a href="http://www.speakersforum.com/">http://www.speakersforum.com/</a>.</p>
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<p>Virgin America's new service to <span class="xn-location">Toronto</span> begins on <span class="xn-chron">June 23</span>, with city and airport launch events scheduled for <span class="xn-chron">June 29</span>.</p>
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<p>MEDIA AVAILABILITY:      <span class="xn-person">David Cush</span>, President and CEO of Virgin America</p>
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                              Friday June 4-12:00 p.m. (Media should arrive by
    WHEN:                     12:30 p.m.)
                             NOTE:  Media must RSVP in advance
    
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    WHERE:                   The National Club - 303 Bay Street - Toronto
                             NOTE: Business attire is required


    
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<p>EDITORS NOTE:  Virgin America is a U.S.-controlled, owned and operated airline.  It is an entirely separate company from Virgin Atlantic.  <span class="xn-person">Sir Richard Branson</span>'s Virgin Group is a minority share investor in Virgin America.</p>
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<p>About Virgin America: Headquartered in California and launched in <span class="xn-chron">August 2007</span>, Virgin America is one of the fastest growing start-up U.S. airlines of all time. Virgin America offers guests attractive fares and a host of innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel.  The airline's new aircraft offer interactive in-flight entertainment systems and power outlets near every seat for electronic gear.  Virgin America offers in-flight internet service on every flight and hosts the largest in-flight entertainment library in the U.S. skies via its touch-screen Red(TM) seatback system.  The airline was named "Best Domestic Airline" in the Conde Nast Traveler 2008 and 2009 Readers' Choice Awards and in Travel + Leisure's 2008 and 2009 World's Best Awards and "Best Low-Cost Airline in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>" by the World Airline Awards. For more: <a href="http://www.virginamerica.com">www.virginamerica.com</a>.</p>
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    Contacts: Abby Lunardini                   Katie Baynes
              (650) 533-7576 (mobile)          (650) 274-9242 (mobile)
              abby.lunardini@virginamerica.com katie.baynes@virginamerica.com


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