Virgin America touches down in Newark

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Virgin America yesterday landed at Newark International Airport for the first time, as Richard Branson joined the airline for their inaugural flight to New Jersey.

The airline celebrated the addition of a 20th destination to their growing network by hosting a live Google+ Hangout, where the Virgin Founder was joined by Mashables Pete Cashmore. Fly like a boss competition winners chatted with the pair, who were at 35,000 ft, about everything from entrepreneurship to the future of travel.

Before boarding the plane the team had some fun at the airport, as Branson explains in his blog: In true Virgin style, we had a party at the departure gate. It was rather fitting that while we turned the music up and started dancing, our competitors on the next gate announced their next flight was cancelled!

Our new nonstop service from Newark to the West Coast is bringing some healthy competition to travelers, with lower fares and service that allows them to stay connected, comfortable and productive coast-to-coast, commented Virgin America President and CEO David Cush.

Before we entered the market, these routes previously had some of the highest fares in the nation. Since we entered the market, fares have dropped by nearly 40 percent, last-minute walk-up fares have dropped by about 30 percent, and travelers now have a fresh option with WiFi , new aircraft, live TV and award-winning service on every flight.

To book your flight, head over to the Virgin America website.

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