Virgin America announces service to Chicago as of May 25

Virgin America announced today that they will be starting nonstop service between Chicago and Los Angeles as well as Chicago and San Francisco as of May 25, 2011.

Now, while I have no plans to step foot on a Virgin America aircraft (not to mention their lack of frequencies really don’t make them much of a competitor), this is great news for American and United flyers traveling west. Expect this to mean much lower fares and maybe even a few promotions, like American has in Dallas due to Virgin entering the market. Virgin has fares of $99 one way, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see American and/or United match.


  1. @johosofat They’ll be out of the old Delta section of T3 (L concourse).

    As someone who commutes several times a month ORD-LAX/SFO on United, this is a nice alternative. The flight times don’t look great but given the option I’ll probably try the VX service at least once. Once I’ve hit 1K for the year, there’s not much incentive to stay on UA. Upgrades to SFO in particular aren’t really forthcoming.

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