Ask any of our InFlight Teammates what the most common request they get is, and they’ll tell you that it’s to turn the heat in the cabin up or down. We’re happy to announce that we’re putting those controls into the hands of our guests by teaming up with Nest – the company that has reinvented unloved products like thermostats and smoke alarms for the home – to provide flyers with the perfect forecast for future flights.
Starting this month, we’ll begin integrating Nest technology into our seatbacks via the new Total Temperature Control (TTC) feature. TTC allows flyers the ability to control their own personal climate settings onboard our aircraft. Through the Destination Acclimation settings within TTC, Virgin America guests will even be able to select one of multiple custom climate settings to help them acclimate to the weather in their destinations: Chicago Polar Vortex, Standard Day in Los Angeles, or Cancun Afternoon. Watch the video with Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Nest’s CEO Faddel above to learn more.
In addition to keeping our guests comfortable in-flight, the new technology also allows us to increase our fuel efficiency with Nest’s Auto Away function. When travelers get up from their seat for a bathroom break or to stretch their legs, their personalized climate system will pause – saving energy onboard.
What climate setting will you be trying on your next flight with us? Log your vote in the poll below.