Mayor lauds Virgin America’s first international flight 

Just in time for summer vacation, Mayor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday joined Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to celebrate the launch of Virgin America’s first international city — Toronto.

“San Francisco is proud to have Virgin America as its hometown airline,” Newsom said. “Over the last few years, they’ve created hundreds of new jobs, lowered fares and helped make SFO one of the nation’s few growing airports.”

The airline celebrated its Toronto service on a flight from Los Angeles International Airport to San Francisco International Airport and to Toronto Pearson International Airport, according to the Mayor’s Office. Upon touchdown at SFO, Mayor Newsom welcomed Sir Richard and the governor. Following the celebration at SFO, the SFO-YYZ flight continued on to Toronto.

The airline also announced its intent to launch flights from SFO to San Jose del Cabo, and from SFO to Cancun International Airport.

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