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Virgin America unveiled its sustainable new home at San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) Terminal 2 (T2) with a series of inaugural flights that celebrated air travel. Virgin America teamed up with sister company Virgin Galactic to welcome two historic first flights to T2. Guests onboard Virgin America’s Airbus A320 “My Other Ride Is a Spaceship” plane made aviation history as both the first arriving T2 travelers and the first to fly and land alongside Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo as it made its inaugural landing at an international airport. Flight guests included Sir Richard Branson and space pioneer Buzz Aldrin.
As one of the few California-based airlines, Virgin America is an anchor tenant at SFO’s new T2, which offers a unique design that echoes the airline’s own focus on remaining the typical domestic flying experience. The new terminal offers innovative design, technology, food and sustainable practices. With more than half a century of history, the 640,000-square-foot T2 has been completely reinvented by architecture and interior firm Gensler. It aims to be the first LEED Gold-certified airport terminal in the U.S. Virgin America’s additional investments in sustainable design for its T2 spaces and Virgin Village crew lounge are aimed at the LEED-Platinum-certified status.
“As a new airline, we have been able to use the latest in technology, design and sustainable practices to enhance the traveler experience, and we hope to elevate the journey beyond just getting from point A to point B,” said David Cush, president and CEO of Virgin America. “We’re proud to unveil a new home that similarly reinvents the travel experience for the modern flyer — and that also reflects the innovative, forward-looking spirit of our San Francisco home.”