VIRGIN AMERICA EXHIBIT
Virgin America’s exhibit in the Museum’s Love Field Gallery was unveiled during a commemorative ribbon cutting ceremony in August 2015.
Students in the Museum’s STEM curriculum programs were joined by Virgin America’s Chief Operating Officer, Steve Forte, and Museum President/CEO Cheryl Shutterfield-Jones along with Virgin America pilots and flight attendants.
The exhibit tells the story of the airline’s entrance at Dallas Love Field with a timeline that includes the May 2014 public advocacy campaign at FreeLoveField.com, where more than 27,000 travelers voiced their support for “fare” competition and more choice for Dallas travelers.
Featured prominently in the exhibit are also the handwritten “Love Letter to Love Field” by Sir Richard Branson, photographs from the airline’s launch festivities at Dallas Love Field on October 13, 2014, and video highlights of Virgin America’s eight-year history. The comprehensive exhibit also includes authentic flight crew uniforms and a large-scale model of a Virgin America Airbus.
Virgin America announced a new partnership with the Museum in August 2015. Through the partnership, Virgin America will provide scholarships for students enrolled in the Museum’s Flight School and other educational programs. These programs offer a unique learning environment for students of all ages and are designed to apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) principals to the area of aviation and space flight. This summer, Virgin America provided scholarships to 50 students to participate in the Flight School program.
“Since first launching service in the Dallas metroplex in 2010, Virgin America has been committed to supporting community organizations and educational programs like the Frontiers of Flight Museum’s Flight School,” said Virgin America’s Chief Operating Officer, Steve Forte. “This museum houses a rich aviation history and it’s truly an honor to unveil our exhibit today and share it with fellow aviation enthusiasts.”