Virgin America's 35,000 ft pitch
- By Jack Preston -
- Aug 14, 2012
Virgin America’s five year birthday celebrations continued this weekend as the home of the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park, hosted a special Virgin America Day. With the game being opened with the first ceremonial pitch live broadcast from a flight at 35,000 feet.
Lucky Giants fan Angelica, who had won the chance to join Giants mascot 'Lou Seal' and throw the first pitch down the aisle of a Virgin America flight, did her team proud. As the aircraft entered Bay Area air her perfect pitch (which was collected on the home plate by her husband) was transmitted live to the ground, where 40,000 fans were eagerly watching.
Virgin America had started their celebrations earlier in the week, with San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee proclaiming, 'Virgin America Day' in the City of San Francisco.
“In addition to having built deep roots in this community through its charitable community partnerships, Virgin America has created thousands of jobs and is an anchor tenant at SFO’s world-class and sustainable Terminal 2,” explained Mayor Lee.
“Our City is proud that Virgin America calls San Francisco home, and I am pleased to proclaim today ‘Virgin America Day’ in San Francisco.”
“Virgin America launched five years ago with a lofty mission – to make flying good again,” said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush.
“Since that time, our teammates have worked tirelessly to build an airline that people love, as evidenced by a slew of prestigious travel awards and an Elevate loyalty program that now has over 2.4 million members.”
To check out more photos from the celebrations, head over to the Virgin America Facebook page.