A (Brief) History of Virgin America’s In-Flight WiFi

Tuesday June 25, 2013 / Posted by Virgin America

Routehappy recently released data showing that flyers can count on having WiFi on only 38% of domestic U.S. flights. Virgin America, on the other hand, has WiFi on 100% of our flights.

                                                                                   Courtesy of Routehappy.com

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and check out at some of the milestones of in-flight WiFi on Virgin America:

2009 – Virgin America becomes the first airline to offer fleet-wide WiFi. To celebrate, we call our BFF Oprah. 

2009 – Virgin America teams up with Google to offer free WiFi and launch the “Day in the Cloud Challenge,” the first online scavenger hunt played simultaneously in the air and, well, everywhere else.

2011 – Virgin America again partners with Google to offer guests complimentary use of a Google Chromebook while in-flight, complete with free WiFi.

2012 – Virgin America offers a guest the chance to throw the ceremonial first pitch via a mile-high broadcast live to AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants. This is the first time a Major League Baseball game’s first pitch has been thrown from the sky (and a fitting way to celebrate our fifth birthday). 

2012 – Virgin America kicks off a campaign encouraging guests to take pictures in-flight and post them to social media using the #myVXexperience hashtag.  The photos are then featured on an Instagram feed through our ExperienceVirginAmerica.com campaign site and even live-streamed to the Nasdaq and Reuters digital billboards in New York’s Times Square. Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and some of the airline’s frequent flyer “Originals”—leaders in tech, art, design, food and film who are known for shaking up the status quo—help kick-start the campaign with the first-ever live feed of Instagram photos from an aircraft at 35,000 feet to Times Square.