With this new option customers who want to travel between the West Coast and Portugal may purchase their tickets with ease and at very competitive rates. All flights connect through Boston, where SATA has non-stop service to the Azores 2 times a week, with continuing service to Lisbon. SATA will offer flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Portland and Seattle with Virgin America.
The idea is part of SATA's strategy of expansion into North America where the airline had increases in traffic of 19.5% for the United States and 11.9% for Canada in 2010 compared to 2009.
This new interline partnership will offer convenience to travelers on both sides of the Atlantic by allowing customers to travel on one single e-ticket and by offering through check-in service. Travelers will be able to check their bags to their final destination and receive boarding cards for both carriers’ flights upon check-in with either Virgin America in the U.S. or SATA in Portugal.
As one of the few growing U.S. airlines, Virgin America has expanded to 18 destinations, a fleet of 52 new aircraft and 2,600 teammates since its launch nearly five years ago.
SATA Airlines connects New England with the islands of the Azores. SATA has been offering flights between the nine islands of the Azores for more than 60 years. In the past two-decades, SATA has linked Boston to all the islands of the Azores, Mainland Portugal, and Madeira. To book travel call 800-762-9995 or visit www.sata.pt for more details.