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Virgin America's Newest Routes Will Totally Help 'Keep Portland Weird'

March 13, 2012 at 6:13 PM | by | ()

Everything happens in threes, and Virgin America's latest route launches follow the pattern. This year so far it's been new flights to Palm Springs, Philadelphia (launching beginning of April) and now—the third "P"—Portland, Oregon.

Just announced today, Virgin America will begin hopping over to PDX from both SFO and LAX beginning June 5. LAX will get two daily nonstops, while SFO claims only one. Whatever—that's plenty to help "keep Portland weird." Rates start at $99 each way, inclusive of taxes and fees. LA and SF people mixing with Portlanders is usually pretty hilarious, and they're pretty much most of the guests at The Ace Hotel PDX, so Virgin's new flights will just help them make the trip to "where the young go to retire" even easier. But that's not all!

Naturally, when Virgin America has any kind of news, there's some kind of celebration that benefits you, the next potential passenger. The beginning of the Portland routes come just after the airline jumps for joy over the delivery of their 50th Airbus A320 airplane, so they want you to name it...something Portland-y, please.

Here's the deal on the Airbus-naming contest:
· Come up with a Portland-themed name that's 30 characters or under
· Go here and fill in your chosen name, plus your personal details, to enter the contest.
· Do it by 4:59pm PDT on March 18
· If you make it in the top 5 names, Virgin America employees will vote for the winner
· Win, and you get a roundtrip flight on one of the new Portland routes for you and a plus one.

If you grab one of the $99 fares to Portland on Virgin, just remember our big tip about flying into PDX: go for the window seat.

Now let the Portlandia sketch brainstorming begin! The particular fun offerings of Virgin America combined with the hipster particulars of the PDX airport (bike assembly stations! independent coffee roasters!) are just screaming for a quickie skit on the hit IFC comedy show.

[Photo: Nicholas Gang for Jaunted]

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