At gate 15 of San Jose International airport, Virgin America recently launched service from Los Angeles to Silicon Valley. There will be 4 trips a day in each direction, with the service being branded as “The Nerdbird,” and hopefully there will be more service to other destinations to come.
The public and Silicon Valley corporations gladly welcome the competition -- especially since Virgin America’s product is so unique, comfortable and special versus the standard airline service currently offered. Besides the local politicians like San Jose Mayor, Chuck Reed, the stars of the festivities launching service were Sir Richard Branson and Virgin America CEO David Cush. And by the looks of the media present, it was clear San Jose was happy to see Sir Richard and Virgin America!
We got a tour of the plane, lavish refreshments and some of us even got a special group VIP photo shot with Sir Richard (that's me in there!)
After years of begging for more competition and a quality but great-value carrier like Virgin America to come to San Jose (SJC), they finally landed and we’re all thrilled to have their unique and special service as part of Silicon Valley. Thanks to my friends at Virgin, especially LaDonna Whitaker for inviting a small group of us to participate in the launch festivities.
What a great day for SJC and for me!