New York and Santa Monica, Calif. — August 14, 2008 — Virtuoso, the leading luxury travel network, announced this month the addition of Virgin Charter (www.virgincharter.com) to its roster of world’s-best travel providers, which includes fellow Virgin Group companies, like Virgin Galactic, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Limited Edition. Virgin Charter makes it easy to find, book and manage charter flights on private jets online and offers the Virtuoso network’s only complete online solution for end-to-end private jet charters. Virtuoso advisors will have a dedicated toll-free number for 24/7 customer service by Virgin-trained specialists.
Through the Virgin Charter Marketplace, advisors will receive multiple quotes for each trip from hundreds of high-quality operators competing to earn their business. Virgin Charter only selects operators that represent the highest standards in safety, all of which are audited for safety by independent, internationally recognized third parties.In addition, Virgin Charter hired JD Power & Associates to create the industry’s first Quality Rating Program providing agents with information about the quality of the operator so they can make more informed decisions together with their clients.
“It’s an honor to have an industry leader like Virgin seek out the Virtuoso network to promote and sell their upscale travel products, and we are pleased to expand our relationship with Virgin through the addition of Virgin Charter,” says Matthew D. Upchurch, CEO of Virtuoso. “The complications currently associated with domestic air travel combined with airport congestion make private jet charters an increasingly more viable solution for our Member advisors and their discerning clientele. Virgin Charter shares our commitment to high standards, and complements our existing private jet product mix by offering our Members an innovative online option that facilitates finding and booking top quality charter flights.”
“We share Virtuoso’s commitment to serving as the gold standard in luxury travel,” said Scott Duffy, founder and CEO, Virgin Charter. “We look forward to offering our complete online solution and 24/7 client support to the Virtuoso network, making it easier than ever for their agents to find and book charter flights.”
Virgin Charter is the fourth company in the Virgin family to join the Virtuoso network. With the addition of Virgin Charter, Virtuoso’s expert travel advisors will build upon the successful relationships they already share with Virgin Limited Edition properties, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Galactic’s suborbital space tourism.
Virtuoso is the industry’s leading luxury travel network. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 300 agencies with more than 6,000 elite travel specialists in 22 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, as well as over 1,000 of the world’s best travel providers and premier destinations. The network’s member agencies generate over $5.1 billion annually in travel sales, making the group the most powerful in the luxury travel segment. Their relationships with the finest travel companies provide the network’s affluent clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. Virtuoso is the exclusive luxury travel network provider for World Elite® MasterCard®. For more information, please visit www.virtuoso.com.
About Virgin Charter
Virgin Charter (www.virgincharter.com) is an online marketplace for private air travel that makes it easier than ever to find and book charter flights on private aircraft from operators hand-picked for their exceptional safety and quality standards. Free to join, Virgin Charter’s technology solution allows clients to submit their trip request online, compare offers from top charter operators, select the best offer and buy it online. The company is privately held and headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif.