Virgin America is adding Hawaii to its routes. The carrier announced it will fly to Honolulu and Maui from San Francisco.
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During an interview on the FOX Business Network’s Mornings with Maria, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson said: “there’s a lot of Virgin America flyers who like to redeem their air miles and the place they love to redeem the most I think is Honolulu or Maui and Virgin America is going great, [I’m] very proud of the airline and I suspect we should have done this years ago.”
Branson also weighed in on the U.S. economy.
“I think America is doing well. You’ve got low fuel prices right now which I think will start to benefit people throughout the country more and more and I don’t think that there’s going to be a major hiccup. America is in a strong position and I think can go stronger from here.”
Despite buying fuel at higher prices, Branson said American consumers can expect a price cut if oil prices continue to stay low.
“A lot of airlines, including ourselves had hedged quite a lot when prices were high and therefore we are still buying fuel at higher prices than we’d like -- but if fuel prices stay at these sort of levels for a couple of years, I think you [are] definitely going to get a lot of price competition… The more competition on individual routes, the more I think you’ll see great bargains on fares throughout America.”