Virgin to start flying out of Pearson, hopes it goes better than last time

Virgin to start flying out of Pearson, hopes it goes better than last time

We assume this is what's meant by "mood-lit cabin" (Image: LWY) 

Virgin America announced yesterday via Twitter it would soon be offering daily flights from Toronto to California’s west coast. The flights on the airline (a brainchild of loopy British billionaire Richard Branson, though mostly owned by Americans) will begin June 23, departing from Pearson and making stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles. One-way fares will start at $212.

“Toronto is one of the largest cities in North America and a world-class travel destination—with strong ties to California—most notably in the entertainment and high-tech sectors,” Virgin America president and CEO David Cush said Tuesday.

Like our cushy, convenient Porter, Virgin America brings some sweet flying perks to the table, including mood-lit cabins, Wi-Fi, in-seat power outlets and personal touch-screen entertainment systems.

Toronto will mark the first international destination for the airline, but our city is not quite a Virgin virgin. We hope this new route goes better than the ill-fated Pearson-Heathrow attempt by Virgin Atlantic.

Virgin America names Toronto first International destination [Toronto Sun]
Virgin to Fly from Toronto to L.A. [CBC]