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March 5, 2008

Virgin Charter Opens The First Online Marketplace For Air Charter Flights – A “Smarter Way To Charter”

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Santa Monica, Calif. – Virgin Charter ( announced today that its online marketplace, the first-ever end-to-end solution for private air travel, is now open. Virgin Charter, the “smarter way to charter”, makes it easier than ever to find and book charter flights on private aircraft from operators hand-picked for their exceptional safety and quality standards. The launch marks the conclusion of the closed beta period during which an exclusive group of corporate and individual buyers utilized the marketplace. Virgin Charter’s marketplace is free to join and offers clients immediate access to its cutting-edge technology:

Click. Buy. Fly: Clients manage their entire trip over the Internet.

Best-of-the-Best Aircraft: Virgin Charter has used its aviation expertise to select operators that represent the cream of the crop.

Safety Assurance: All operators are audited for safety by independent, internationally recognized third parties

Quality Standards: Virgin Charter has worked with JD Power & Associates to create the industry’s first Quality Ratings Program.

24/7 Customer Service: Virgin-trained specialists are available anytime to help with clients’ needs.

Hot Deals: Clients are able to make an offer on private charter flights that would otherwise be flying empty.

Virgin Charter’s technology solution transforms a complicated process into a simple 4-step process. Virgin Charter clients SUBMIT their trip request online, COMPARE offers from top charter operators, SELECT the best offer, and BUY it online. The technology also makes it easy to compare offers based on price, aircraft, quality, and safety, saving time and ensuring clients get the right plane for their trip.

“Virgin Charter has brought tremendous innovation to the charter market,” said Sir Richard Branson. “Virgin’s brilliant customer service and aviation expertise combined with unprecedented technology prowess has resulted in a winning formula.”

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“Until now, booking on-demand charter has been a cumbersome process and flyers didn’t always know what they were getting,” said Scott Duffy, CEO, Virgin Charter. “We are bringing the power of Virgin to the industry and are now offering an entirely new way to book charter over the Internet while setting new quality standards.”

Virgin Charter also announced that Travelocity Business(R) is the exclusive launch business travel agency for Virgin Charter in the Travel Management Company space. Virgin Charter will provide charter solutions for Travelocity Business clients who want to fly private.

“Virgin Charter is a natural fit in our suite of corporate VIP and Meetings services,” said Lesley Harris, president of Travelocity Business. “The notion of bringing the power of automation and online simplicity to a historically manual process like private aviation mirrors our approach to everyday account management. We look forward to working with Virgin Charter in the managed travel arena.”

About Virgin Charter

Virgin Charter ( is an online marketplace that makes it easy to book private air charter over the Internet. Virgin Charter brings unprecedented efficiency, transparency and convenience to the industry. The company is privately held and headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif.

About Travelocity Business

Southlake, Texas-based Travelocity Business is a full-service corporate travel management company. TBiz(R) is one of the business travel industry’s fastest-growing agencies, with more than $800 million in annual travel spend under management. For more information, visit

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