PRN: TrueCar Prepares for Next Round of Racing in Alabama

TrueCar Prepares for Next Round of Racing in Alabama

TrueCar Racing’s "Women Empowered" drivers take part in IndyCar practice and Star Mazda qualifying/racing today at Barber Motorsports Park

[30-March-2012]
SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The TrueCar Racing team will be hitting the track for the second weekend in a row, at least in part, as Katherine Legge (Dragon Racing) and Ashley Freiberg (JDC Motorsports) prepare to compete at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

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Legge, who is going into her second race in the IZOD IndyCar series (after a three-year hiatus from open-wheel racing to compete in Germany’s DTM series,) has never raced at the track before but is learning from her Dragon Racing teammate Sebastien Bourdais, who finished 11th in the IndyCar series race here last year. She has also spent a considerable amount of time learning the track through race driving simulators.

“I’m looking forward to racing here because it reminds me a lot of European tracks – very green, very hilly and smooth,” said Legge, driver of the No. 6 TrueCar Lotus Dallara DW12. “It looks fantastic. I’ve been driving the simulator at home so with the limited testing we’ve had I think that’s really important.”

The team has only been able to test one full day thus far and is working hard to put themselves on par with the rest of the field. Legge remains optimistic and is happy for the track time she will gain this weekend, starting with several practice sessions today.

“Obviously we are still in a testing process and I think this weekend we’ll probably have similar issues to the ones we had at St. Pete,” explained Legge, referring to the previous race at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, where her car suffered from engine management issues and overheated. “We haven’t had much time to fix that at this point. The objective is to keep learning and keep moving forward; that’s what we can realistically expect right now.”

Legge’s TrueCar Racing teammate Ashley Freiberg, however, has been able to experience Barber first-hand and is excited about returning to the 16-turn, 2.38-mile road course near Birmingham, Alabama. She will qualify her #91 Star Mazda today and compete in two Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear races this weekend, Race 1 tonight and Race 2 on Sunday.

“The track is really challenging – a lot of high-speed flowing corners, many elevation changes and a lot of blind corners where you can’t see the exits,” said Freiberg. “I’ve raced here before (with the Skip Barber Race Series) but it’s going to be a completely different experience. Those cars have treaded tires. These Star Mazda cars run on racing slicks, so I’m learning how when you put a new set of slicks on how to get the most out of it in two laps – when the tires are giving their peak performance. You can go about two and a half seconds faster per lap at that point. That’s been a big part of the learning curve. Getting used to the downforce is too – Skip Barber cars don’t have any downforce and these cars have a fair amount.”

The Star Mazda Championship races take place this weekend at 4:45 p.m. (CDT) on Friday, March 30th, and at 10:20 a.m. (CDT) on Sunday, April 1st. IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying takes place on Saturday, March 31st with the race being held on Sunday, April 1st at 1:00 p.m. (CDT) and will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.

About TrueCar, Inc.

TrueCar, Inc. is an online automotive information and communications platform focused on creating a better car buying experience for dealers and consumers. Consumers want a hassle-free car buying experience and dealers want high-quality sales velocity. TrueCar helps achieve these goals by providing unbiased market information on new car transactions and by supplying an online communications platform through which dealers and consumers can communicate with each other. TrueCar’s market-based information provides both consumers and dealers with an accurate and comprehensive understanding of what others actually paid recently for similar vehicles, both locally and nationally. TrueCar’s communications platform then allows informed, ready-to-buy consumers to communicate directly with participating dealers. Some of the nation’s largest and most well respected membership and service organizations rely on websites powered by TrueCar to help educate their membe rs and customers who are in the automotive market. TrueCar is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, and has offices in San Francisco, CA, and Austin, TX. After experiencing dramatic growth since 2006,TrueCar is developing a suite of products and services centered on radical clarity through the comprehensive analysis of market data and information. TrueCar’s participating dealer partners have sold over 500,000 new vehicles to TrueCar users nationwide.

You can follow TrueCar on Twitter (@TrueCar) and become a fan of TrueCar on Facebook and Google+.

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PRN: Maxthon 3 Named Number 1 Browser in About.com 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards

Maxthon 3 Named Number 1 Browser in About.com 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards

[30-March-2012]
SAN FRANCISCO, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Maxthon (www.maxthon.com), a global software and web services company, announces the selection of Maxthon 3 as the winner of the About.com 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Small Market Browser. With 72% of the votes, Maxthon 3 was the decisive winner, besting, among others, SeaMonkey (14%), and RockMelt (5%). This news follows a string of victories for Maxthon 3 with the About.com Readers’ Choice Awards, including last year’s win – by a large margin – in the same category.

“This win is further proof of the excellence – and global popularity – of Maxthon 3,” says Jeff Chen, CEO of Maxthon. “We want to express our thanks to the judges at About.com and the fans who took the time to voice their opinion and put Maxthon 3 at number 1. This is a great honor, which we are pleased to accept.”

This popular reader-driven awards program began on About.com’s technology channel in 2008 and has expanded to highlight the best products, features and services across a wide variety of topics. Across the web, in peer reviews, fan blogs and in comparisons with other web browsers Maxthon 3 consistently generates praise from users from every nation on earth. Users most frequently cite Maxthon 3’s speed (the result of proprietary enhancements to the open source WebKit rendering engine); its free cloud services and Maxthon 3’s industry-leading support of ever-evolving HTML5 standards, second to none.

“Maxthon 3 exists for and is driven by a global community of elite users. The thoughtful feedback and intelligence they bring has driven the evolution of a great product,” says Karl Mattson, GM of Maxthon International/Chief of Product. “A win like this is very special to us. It’s a result of individually-driven evangelism that indicates that together, the Mx3 community has created a unique and great product.”

About Maxthon

Headquartered in Beijing, Maxthon Ltd. is an innovative software company and developer of superior web browsers which continue to set new standards for simplicity, speed and security. Each month more than 130,000,000 people use Maxthon’s web browser in 120 countries across the world. Maxthon also brings its best-of-breed browsing to the Android platform for mobile devices and tablet computers. For more information about Maxthon please visit www.maxthon.com.

Download Maxthon Mobile for Android phones here:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.mx.browser

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Download Maxthon Mobile for 10″ Android tablets here:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.mx.browser.tablet

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PRN: Comcast Helps Power the Digital Home With the Launch of “Xfinity Home” Service in San Francisco Bay Area

Comcast Helps Power the Digital Home With the Launch of "Xfinity Home" Service in San Francisco Bay Area

Broadband-Based System Enables Customers to Remotely Monitor Their Home and Control Digital Thermostats and Lights in Real-Time

[30-March-2012]
LIVERMORE, Calif., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Comcast today announced the launch of Xfinity® Home in portions of the company’s San Francisco Bay Area service area. Xfinity Home offers traditional home security components, like police and fire alarm protection backed by 24/7 professional monitoring, as well as the ability to remotely adjust digital thermostats, turn lights on or off and watch secure live streaming video from wireless cameras while away from home. The service also comes with the Xfinity Home app, which is available for free on Apple’s iTunes App Store®.

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Xfinity® Home launches today for Comcast customers in the East Bay and North Bay. Other portions of Comcast service area, including San Francisco, South Bay, West Bay and Monterey/Salinas will launch at a future date.

“Xfinity Home brings digital home monitoring to a new level,” said Mitch Bowling, Senior Vice President and General Manager of New Businesses for Comcast Cable. “It comes with a range of broadband-based technologies that empower customers to stay better connected to their home virtually anytime, anywhere.”

Downloadable high resolution B-roll footage of the service is available via YouSendIt from the following link: https://rcpt.yousendit.com/1429694872/c3dfc77204fde4bcf5520ad02b746c15

Xfinity Home offers consumers the ability to create personalized settings that can do things like provide real-time e-mail or text alerts when doors open or close or when motion detectors report activity occurring inside or outside of the home. In addition, the service comes with a tablet-like touch screen with a menu of widgets that allow access to the latest weather, news, traffic, and sports scores.

In addition to 24/7 professional monitoring, Xfinity Home provides customers with the ability to:

  • watch live streaming video of their home via wireless cameras;
  • access security controls remotely via a Web portal or the Xfinity Home app for the iPhone;
  • manage home utilities like digital thermostats and lights;
  • have more peace of mind since both battery and cellular backup helps ensure customers remain fully protected even in the event of a power outage.

“It’s exhilarating to introduce a state-of-the-art service like Xfinity Home, with its combination of next-generation security and automated home control, to the Bay Area,” said Curt Henninger, regional senior vice president of Comcast’s California Region. “This cutting edge product leverages the power and flexibility of our fiber optic broadband network to bring remote energy management and live video monitoring of the home to our teach-savvy and environmentally conscious customers in the region.”

Today, Comcast is selling the Xfinity Home Preferred Package for as low as $39.95 per month. Xfinity Home customers will also be eligible to receive up to a 20 percent discount on their homeowners’ insurance. Visit www.xfinity.com/home for more information on pricing, equipment and additional features.

The service was first unveiled in Houston in mid-2010 with the name Xfinity Home Security and is continuing to roll out into various markets in the U.S.

About Comcast Cable

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.

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PRN: proDAD® Mercalli® V2 Pro Video Stabilizer Plug-In Now Supports AVID® Media Composer and Symphony Film & Video Production Platforms

proDAD® Mercalli® V2 Pro Video Stabilizer Plug-In Now Supports AVID® Media Composer and Symphony Film & Video Production Platforms

proDAD’s Award-Winning Mercalli V2 Pro Video Stabilizer & Rolling-shutter Correction Plug-in Now Compatible with AVID’s Media Composer Video Editing & Symphony Video Finishing Applications

[30-March-2012]
SAN FRANCISCO, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — proDAD, the highly acclaimed developer of digital video effects and image enhancement technologies, today announced that its renowned Mercalli V2 Pro video stabilizer & rolling-shutter correction plug-in is now available with support for AVID’s Media Composer & Symphony film and video finishing applications.

AVID’s Media Composer is one of the industry’s most respected film and video editing and production applications. AVID Symphony is its premier software-only film and video finishing platform. Mercalli V2 Pro is now compatible with Media Composer Windows® 5.x & 6.x and Symphony 6.x. Macintosh® support is expected to be announced shortly.

proDAD’s Mercalli V2 Pro is heralded as the premier video stabilizer for the professional, broadcast, and video enthusiast market segments due to its ability to stabilize even the most unstable video clips with minimal artifacts and zoom-in. Mercalli V2 Pro is also a fantastic rolling-shutter correction tool for those shooting with DSLR cameras and even high-end professional camcorders which utilize CMOS-type imaging sensors. Mercalli V2 technology is licensed by Sony and embedded in Vegas Pro 11 and is soft-bundled by many other popular NLEs, including AVID Studio, Grass Valley EDIUS, and COREL VideoStudio X5 Ultimate.

“proDAD continues to ensure our products are compatible with the video production industry’s best NLEs,” said Andreas Huber, managing director for proDAD. “AVID’s Media Composer and Symphony platforms are certainly among the most influential in the space and we’ve responded to the voice of our customers by adding support for them.”

Price & Availability

Mercalli V2 Pro is currently available for an MSRP of $249.95 from the proDAD.com online store or from global distributors & resellers. Learn more at http://www.prodad.com

About proDAD:

proDAD develops and distributes innovative video effects solutions for creative video editing and multimedia applications. Founded in 1990, the company serves the international market with numerous renowned, and award-winning, products including Adorage® and VitaScene® video effects products, Heroglyph® video titling, and Mercalli® video stabilization + rolling-shutter correction plug-ins. proDAD cooperates, on the developmental level, with leading creative software developers including Adobe, Apple, AVID, COREL, Grass Valley, MAGIX, and Sony. proDAD’s headquarters are situated in the southwestern German town of Immendingen, Germany, and maintains branch offices in the U.S. and Japan.

Media Contact

Kelly Clay
DeMoulin & Company Public Relations
Phone: 1.425.306.3096
Email: Kelly.clay

This press release was issued through eReleases(R). For more information, visit eReleases Press Release Distribution at http://www.ereleases.com.

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PRN: Travel Spend Climbs to Pre-Recession Levels According to Visa Insights

Travel Spend Climbs to Pre-Recession Levels According to Visa Insights

[30-March-2012]
Brazil proves to be a formidable contributor to the global tourism economy, increasing outbound spend by 32 per cent

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) today released its 2011 Travel Snapshot reports highlighting key spend insights from Visa account holders travelling to and from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. According to VisaVue® Travel data, Visa account holders from these countries continued to increase spend on international travel-related purchases from 2010 to 2011, building momentum toward pre-recession levels. Travellers from the United States increased tourism spend on their Visa accounts by seven per cent, those from Canada by 11 per cent, and Mexico by 19 per cent. Most notably, travellers from Brazil increased international travel spend on their Visa accounts by 32 per cent in 2011 – 43 per cent of which was in the United States.

"Visa works closely with governments and tourism entities to connect merchants to the more than 2.3 billion1 Visa global account holders and provides a convenient, secure and reliable payment experience for international travellers." said Ava Kelly, head of global affluent and cross border initiatives at Visa Inc. "Tourism is a key contributor to economic growth so this upward trend in international travel expenditures can provide some welcome revenues for growing countries like Mexico and Brazil as well as the U.S. and Canada."

VisaVue Travel Data Spending Trends

  • Canada: While Visa account holders from the United States ($3.5 billion), France ($351 million) and the United Kingdom ($348 million) remained the top three contributors to Canadian tourism, Visa account holders from China had one of the most significant increases with a 41 per cent increase year over year, from $229 million in 2010 to $321 million in 2011.
  • United States: Brazil and China proved to be significant corridors for travel to the United States. Visa account holders from Brazil increased spend on travel to the United States by 41 per cent, from $1.9 billion in 2010 to $2.7 billion in 2011, edging out the U.K. as the second highest total contributor to U.S. tourism revenue. Visa account holders from China increased travel spend within the United States by 61 per cent, from $741 million in 2010 to $942 million in 2011. Similarly, Visa account holders from the United States increased travel spend in China by 27 per cent, from $741 million in 2010 to $941 million in 2011.
  • Mexico: Visa account holders increased spending in Mexico by six per cent in 2011. While Russian account holders increased travel spending in Mexico by 73 per cent, travellers from South America also showed more interest in Mexico with Argentina (+58 per cent), Brazil (+56 per cent), Peru (+30 per cent) and Colombia (+30 per cent) following Russia with the greatest increases in travel spend to Mexico in 2011.
  • Brazil: While the United States remains the top destination of choice for Visa account holders from Brazil, most European nations recognized double digit increases in travel spend by Brazilian Visa account holders in 2011. Spending by Brazilian Visa account holders increased by 30 per cent in France, 44 per cent in Italy and 41 per cent in the United Kingdom.

Visa’s suite of travel products and services advances the value and reach of electronic payments as a key component of sustainable global tourism. Visa products offer account holders peace-of-mind in knowing they have the ability to make purchases at tens of millions of merchants worldwide, access to local currencies at more than 1.9 million ATMs, the protection of Visa’s Zero Liability Policy2 for fraudulent transactions, and a range of travel perks and benefits which can save account holders time and money.

For more information on Visa’s full suite of travel products and tips for international travel payment, visit www.visa.com/travel. To view complete copies of the 2011 Visa Travel Snapshot reports for the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil,please visit www.corporate.visa.com.

About VisaVue® Travel Data
Visa cardholder spend data cited is based upon VisaVue Travel data. Visa introduced the VisaVue Travel tourism reporting product to U.S. tourism organizations in 2008 and has continued to provide reports to the industry on a variety of popular tourist destinations every year. For more information on VisaVue Travel and Visa’s products focused on the tourism industry, please contact the VisaVue Product Office at VisaVueTravel.

Data included in the 2011 reports includes spending on Visa-branded payment cards by international visitors from key source countries during the calendar year 2011 (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2011) and includes travel spend in Visa Europe.

About Visa
Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable digital currency. Underpinning digital currency is one of the world’s most advanced processing networks—VisaNet—that is capable of handling more than 20,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com.

PRN: South San Francisco Unified School District and Chevron Energy Solutions Activate the Largest K-12 Solar and Energy Efficiency Program in San Mateo County

South San Francisco Unified School District and Chevron Energy Solutions Activate the Largest K-12 Solar and Energy Efficiency Program in San Mateo County

[30-March-2012]
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the South San Francisco Unified School District and Chevron Energy Solutions activated the largest K-12 solar and energy efficiency program in San Mateo County. The project has provided nearly 100 local green jobs and is expected to reduce the district’s utility costs by $20 million over the next 25 years. The project is anchored by solar panel arrays at 15 elementary, middle, and high school sites throughout the district. In total, the systems are expected to produce 1.68 megawatts of electricity, directly offsetting much of the district’s energy needs at each site.

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The project was funded through Measure J, a local bond measure approved by voters in November 2010 that raised $162 million specifically to improve school infrastructure and enhance the student learning environment.

Through the use of solar energy, the district expects to cut its annual total electrical usage in half and reduce its carbon emissions by more than 1,500 metric tons, equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 330 acres of pine trees.

“Today, a dream becomes a reality because of the trust the residents of South San Francisco have in their school district,” said School Board President Judith M. Bush “Without their support, none of this would have been possible.”

The project has also dramatically improved the classroom learning environment through the integration of advanced, high-performing energy efficient technologies, a goal central to the intent behind Measure J.

“As Superintendent, I am proud of the partnership we have entered with Chevron Energy Solutions.” said, District Superintendent Alejandro Hogan “Their commitment to the success of school districts throughout California is something that will benefit the state and its residents for generations to come.”

Chevron Energy Solutions designed and engineered the project while also installing, operating, maintaining, and guaranteeing the solar systems’ performance for 20 years. The company has also implemented energy efficiency improvements in the district’s lighting, irrigation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, which are expected to provide better lighting quality and aesthetics, lower maintenance costs and improved indoor climate. Chevron will also provide professional development for teachers, curriculum materials and hands-on experiments aligned with state standards to help create a living laboratory that promotes environmental awareness and energy consciousness.

“As the leader in solar and energy efficiency projects for educational institutions, we are pleased to work with the South San Francisco Unified School District to improve the learning environment for students,” said Chevron Energy Solutions President Jim Davis. “Through this project, the district is investing in sustainable programs that deliver ongoing value to the community.”

The project is the latest in a series completed by Chevron Energy Solutions and local school districts, and celebrated by California state leaders, who have for years stressed the importance of innovation in providing greater resources to public education in the face of ongoing budget deficits.

“Harnessing the power of the sun helps make our schools more environmentally sustainable, cuts their energy bills, and creates thousands of teachable moments for our students,” said California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “That’s a win-win-win proposition, for our schools and for California.”

An event to celebrate activation of the new system is being held today at Westborough Middle School in South San Francisco. Students, district representatives, government and business officials are expected to attend the event, including State Superintendent of Instruction Tom Torlakson, State Assemblymember Jerry Hill, South San Francisco Councilmember Kevin Mullin, and South San Francisco Unified Board President Judith M. Bush.

About South San Francisco Unified School District: The mission of the South San Francisco Unified School District, through collaboration with home and community, is to graduate responsible, productive, and environmentally aware citizens who have the academic and social skills necessary to contribute to a changing global society, through active participation in a quality instructional program defined by a challenging and creative curriculum which ensures opportunities for a diverse population to experience individual expression and collaborative problem solving in a safe and stimulating environment. For more information: www.ssfusd.k12.ca.us.

About Chevron Energy Solutions: Chevron Energy Solutions is one of the largest installers of solar power in the U.S. education market and has developed hundreds of projects that improve energy efficiency and provide renewable power for education, government and business facilities. Chevron Energy Solutions develops and builds sustainable energy projects that increase energy efficiency and renewable power, reduce energy costs, and ensure reliable, high-quality energy for government, education and business facilities. Its parent, Chevron Corporation, is investing across the energy spectrum to develop energy sources for future generations by expanding the capabilities of alternative and renewable energy technologies. Chevron has spent approximately $4.4 billion on renewable energy and efficiency since 2002, and expects to spend $2.2 billion in this area between 2011 and 2013. For more information: http://www.chevronenergy.com.

Contact: Ken Pimentel, Chevron Energy Solutions, 415.733.4673

SOURCE Chevron Energy Solutions; South San Francisco Unified School District

PRN: Virgin America Takes Off With the San Francisco Giants for the 2012 Season: Unveils New Virgin America Club Level at AT&T Park, More Games In-flight & a San Francisco Giants Aircraft

Virgin America Takes Off With the San Francisco Giants for the 2012 Season: Unveils New Virgin America Club Level at AT&T Park, More Games In-flight & a San Francisco Giants Aircraft

The Only Bay Area-Based Airline & the Official Airline of the Giants Unveils New Mood-lit Virgin America Club Level at AT&T Park
Airline Also Unveils a Beautiful and Bearded Airbus A320 Named "Fly Bye Baby," in Honor of the Facial Hair-Friendly Hometown Champs
Travelers who Spot the New Bearded Plane Get a Chance to Score Free Flights and Exclusive Giants Game Access

[29-March-2012]
SAN FRANCISCO, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Virgin America, the California-based airline that has been reinventing flying since its 2007 launch, unveils plans today for this season’s partnership with the San Francisco Giants. At the Giants’ annual Media Open House at AT&T Park, Giants President and CEO Larry Baer and Virgin America President and CEO David Cush, together unveiled the new mood-lit Virgin America Club Level in the ballpark. In addition, Virgin America today introduced the newest member of its fleet – an Airbus A320 aircraft named “Fly Bye Baby,” named and painted in honor of the Giants. The aircraft sports a beard, as a nod to the facial hair-friendly hometown team. Although a sneak peek of the aircraft was revealed today, the plane will launch into service with flights nati onwide as of April 2. Those who happen to catch a flight on the aircraft also have the chance to score: Virgin America is inviting its social media fans to send in their best photos of the new Giants-decaled plane using the hashtag #flythebeard. Now through the end of the 2012 baseball season, one lucky flyer per month will score a free roundtrip anywhere Virgin America flies and one grand prize winner will also get 2013 Virgin America Club Level passes. For official contest rules see: http://www.virginamerica.com/html/sf-giants-fly-the-beard-twitter-rules.pdf. Photos of the new Virgin America Club Level at AT&T Park and the new Giants aircraft are available at: http://www.virginamerica.com/about/airline-photos/virgin-america-pictures.html

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“As the only airline headquartered in San Francisco, we’re thrilled to renew and expand our partnership with our hometown team,” said David Cush, President and CEO of Virgin America. “Our success as an airline is a credit to the outpouring of support we have received from the Bay Area community – our guests, teammates and partners like the Giants. Virgin America is all about reinventing the typical flight experience with beautiful design, the best entertainment and the newest technology, much like the Giants and AT&T Park have changed game day for millions of baseball fans. So we are incredibly proud to be part of the City, this ballpark and to have the opportunity to support this world-class team.”

In addition to the new Virgin America Club Level, fans will also notice many new elements at AT&T Park this season, including an updated Virgin America Loft at McCovey Cove, in-stadium signage, a new “Virgin America Flight Deck” off the Club Level and a Club Level kiosk with special offers. The Virgin America Flight Deck is located off the concourse, behind Sections 229 & 230, elevated above 2nd and King Streets. It includes new seating, a bar, two fire pits and some of the best views available in the ballpark.

“The Giants and Virgin America share a common goal of delivering an innovative, creative and high quality customer experience. Our expanded partnership will allow us to bring the unique and entertaining Virgin America experience to our fans at AT&T Park and Giants baseball to guests onboard Virgin America flights,” said Giants President and CEO Larry Baer.

Virgin America is also launching a Giants channel fleetwide on Red™, the airline’s state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment platform. Currently, every Virgin America flyer can already enjoy a live satellite television channel line-up that features a range of live news and sports – including nationally televised Giants baseball games on FOX. The new Giants channel launching onboard flights in April, will also house behind-the-scenes fan content, including highlights from 2012 Spring Training and 2010 season footage. In addition, Giants fans can grab some ballpark inspired menu pairings while watching a Giants game at 35,000 feet, via the airline’s unique on-demand menu. The Giants-inspired menu options will roll out fleetwide on Virgin America in April, including: the “Double-Play Snack” (Emerald Nuts and beer) and the “Triple Play Meal” (Virgin America’s mile-high club sandwich with turkey breast, crisp lettuce and roma tomatoes pile d high on sliced sourdough with feta cheese spread , alongside Emerald Nuts and a beer).

As the “Official Airline of the San Francisco Giants” since 2008, Virgin America also extended a special 20 percent flight discount offer to Giants season ticketholders which was included in their season packets. for various events with team leadership.

Virgin America has swept the major travel industry best-in-class awards for the quality of its service, including “Best Domestic Airline” in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and “Best Domestic Airline” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2008, 2009 , 2010 and 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas–Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs, Philadelphia (starting April 4) and Portland (starting June 5).

About Virgin America: Headquartered in California, Virgin America is a new domestic airline that offers guests attractive fares and a host of innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel. As the only airline headquartered in the Bay Area, Virgin America’s principle base of operations is San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) sleek and sustainable new Terminal Two (T2) – the first LEED® Gold-certified airport terminal in the U.S. As one of the few expanding U.S. airlines, Virgin America has grown from a few hundred teammates in 2007 to 2,500 today – with plans to add approximately 500 new jobs on an annual basis over the next three years. Known for beautifully-designed planes with WiFi, power outlets and touch-screen e ntertainment at every seat, Virgin America has swept the travel awards since its 2007 launch, including being named “Best U.S. Airline” in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. The airline’s new aircraft offer interactive in-flight entertainment systems and power outlets near every seat. For more: www.virginamerica.com

About the San Francisco Giants: The San Francisco Giants of the National League is one of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball. Boasting a 130-year history, the team moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958 playing a total of 42 years in Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park before moving to AT&T Park in 2000. The franchise was named 2010’s Sports Organization of the Year by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal Daily. Since opening its gates, AT&T Park has become internationally-renowned as a premier venue in the world of both sports and entertainment. On the diamond, more than 37 million spectators have witnessed a number of magical moments and four playoff appearances, including in 2010 when the Giants became the World Series champions for the first time since moving West. In 2008, the Giants celebrated the team’s 50th year in San Francisco and it was the center of the baseball universe when it hosted the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 10, 2007. AT&T Park has also played host to some of music’s biggest acts, including the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band and Green Day.

Off the field, the Giants have one of the premier community outreach programs in professional sports, becoming the first team to implement a 100 percent participation program, involving every player, coach and uniformed staff member in at least one community project throughout the season. Through its community outreach programs, the Giants and the Giants Community Fund work with corporate and non-profit partners to raise awareness, educate and generate interest in a variety of issues important to both their fans and community including education/literacy, violence prevention, health and youth recreation and fitness.

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