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SFO Welcomes Virgin’s New Look, Virgin America Welcomes Travelers with Sale

Friday, April 08, 2011 at 07:27 AM EDT

Virgin America, the only California-based US airline, opened up its new terminal in San Francisco Wednesday to all of the hoopla we've grown accustomed to with the hippest fliers in the country.

Terminal 2, known as T2, will host Virgin as the anchor airline and the terminal's new look (it's actually been around for more than 60 years) is strictly got Virgin in mind throughout.

The 640,000 square foot terminal is also the first LEED platinum certified terminal in the country — giving it some eco-goodness that no other terminal can currently enjoy.

"As a new airline we've been able to use the latest in technology, design and sustainable practices to enhance the traveler experience, and we hope elevate the journey beyond just getting from Point A to Point B," said David Cush, President and Chief Executive Officer 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."

Naturally, Virgin had to do a few special things to mark the event. So the first passengers to come through T2 first got a chance to check out Virgin's spaceship from the air. The group was the first people ever to fly alongside and land next to Virgin's Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo. It was all part of the "my other ride is a spaceship campaign."

And of course, marking the event wouldn't be complete without some sort of sale. Virgin started it's "Fly into the Future" campaign with one-way tickets starting at $59. You can buy tickets online or call 877.FLY.VIRGIN. The sale ends tomorrow.

All photos used with permission of Virgina America.