/R E P E A T -- Video B-Roll available via CNW - Virgin America lands in


First Flyers Get Air Time with Drake

TORONTO, June 29 /CNW/ - The following video is available by satellite:

    NEWS:     Virgin America Celebrates Inaugural Flights from California to
    -----     Toronto with Mile High Party

    FORMAT:   B-roll and Soundbites

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:    Video, hard copy requests, downloadable MPEG2,
    ---------------------    contact information and more available at


Virgin America, the California-based airline, today celebrates the launch of its first international city and sets it sights on its next new destination. Today, the airline toasts its Toronto service on a celebrated flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)-San Francisco International Airport (SFO)-Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joins Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson onboard the LAX-SFO leg, and via WiFi from 35,000 feet over the California coast, the two announce the airline's intent to serve a new destination: Mexico. Upon touchdown at SFO, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom welcomes Sir Richard, the Governor and other guests. The SFO-YYZ flight then continues on to cross the border in style with Toronto native (and the No.1 artist in North America), Drake, hosting a mile high party en route.

Although the airline's service begins June 23, the celebrated flight takes place on June 29 due to G8/G20 events.

Despite missing the G8/G20, Virgin America's Toronto launch may just cause its own international incident. Some of the airline's first Toronto guests will enjoy cocktails, music and a mile high party under the airline's signature moodlighting as they cross the border in style. Celebs taking part in the celebration include Cheryl Burke, Stacy Keibler, Eric Roberts and and Gilles Marini. Upon touchdown of Virgin America's "Air Drake" in Toronto, flight guests including Drake fans who scored a fly-away trip to the West Coast and a seat for one of the hottest tickets in the skies, will receive an international welcome with a Virgin twist: a bottle-popping arrival reception on the tarmac. Flight guests will mingle with Toronto VIPs and toast the new service on touch-down with Mumm Napa(R) Sparkling Wine from California's Napa Valley.

    For more information: www.virginamerica.com.

    - CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
    - Virgin Group Founder and President Sir Richard Branson
    - Virgin America President and CEO David Cush
    - Rapper & Grammy Nominated Artist Drake
    - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
    - After Party Red Carpet Interviews with Celebrities (2nd feed only)

    B-ROLL INCLUDES:   (xxx)In Flight footage(xxx)Virgin America new Airbus
    ----------------   A320 aircraft (named "Air Drake") touching down in
                       Toronto, welcomed by traditional water cannon salute
                       (xxx)Guests de-planning onto red carpet, Tarmac Party
                       (xxx)After Party at the Thompson Toronto Hotel
                       (2nd feed only)(xxx)

    VIDEO PROVIDED BY: Virgin America

    Satellite Feed Coordinates:

    TIME OF FEED:   2:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
    DATE OF FEED:   Wednesday June 30, 2010
    CO-ORDINATES:   Anik F2C
                    Transponder 3B
                    Downlink Frequency: 3820 Vertial
                    Audio subcarrier 6.2 and 6.8

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