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Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreement with Virgin America

Date: September 23, 2011
Type: MEC President Letter

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We are pleased to announce that United Airlines has signed a Flight Attendant Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreement with Virgin America effective September 23, 2011. 

Virgin America is a United States-based low-cost airline that began service on August 8, 2007. Virgin America operates a fleet of 39 Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft. And currently flies to over 13 destinations in the United States as well as service to 3 destinations in Mexico.

We appreciate the efforts of Senior Vice President of Inflight Service Sam Risoli for working with us and recognizing the value of Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements.  The announcement of this Agreement today provides improvements in Flight Attendant options for travel within the United States as we continue to advocate for improvements to world-wide travel benefits.

In summary, the agreement with Virgin America provides:

  • United Flight Attendants with a crew badge will have access to free, space available economy seating on Virgin America flights within the 50 United States effective September 23.
  • Virgin America Flight Attendants with a crew badge will have similar benefits on United effective September 23.
  • No listing is required.  Check in at the gate at least :30 minutes prior to scheduled departure. Please do not call the Virgin America reservations center.
  • Conservative business casual dress or uniform.
  • Priority on flights will first be given by each carrier to its own NRSA passengers (employees, retirees, buddy pass holders, ID 90, etc.).
  • Next, crewmembers participating in Reciprocal Agreements will be awarded space available seats on a "first come, first served" basis.

We can be proud of our persistent campaign to achieve Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements as United Flight Attendants have the best Reciprocal Cabin Seat program among the major US airlines, now totaling 16 Agreements.  This is a positive step forward as we continue our advocacy for improved world-wide travel benefits for Flight Attendants.

Thoroughly review the Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements with Virgin America, Air Wisconsin, Frontier, Alaska, AirTran, Continental, Northwest, American, Southwest, Delta, US Airways, Spirit, USA 3000, Horizon Air, Hawaiian Air and JetBlue posted in the Pay and Benefits section on our website to ensure you are able to fully benefit.

In Solidarity,

Greg Davidowitch, President
United Master Executive Council

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