Tag: WiFi

Getting into Bed with Virgin Hotels

Posted by Sean H. on 12.18.14

Have you heard the rumors? The eagerly awaited Virgin Hotels Chicago is set to open January 15, 2015 and after catching a sneak peek of Virgin Hotels’ property in New York on Hotel Chatter (scheduled to open in 2017), I can’t wait to head to the Windy City and check it out for myself! And...

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Speedy Surfing and Special Surprises

Posted by Sean H. on 12.16.14

Earlier this summer we announced that our technical operations team was in the process of updating our aircraft with Gogo’s ATG-4 Inflight WiFi service. This week we’re proud to report that we have completed the installation on our 53rd Airbus A320 Family plane “Jane”, making Virgin America the first U.S. airline to offer the faster...

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What’s Your In-Flight Routine?

Posted by Monzie A. on 09.11.14

During the 80’s my little brother and I flew Ohio to Texas and back a lot. To prepare for those long flights we used a cassette player to record the audio from movies and Knight Rider episodes onto many, many cassette tapes so we wouldn’t be bored in-flight. We were most excited when the plane...

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Lucky Number Seven

Posted by Sean H. on 08.08.14

It’s hard to believe that seven years ago today, Virgin America’s journey began with two flights taking off for the first time from New York and Los Angeles and landing simultaneously at San Francisco International Airport to a crowded celebration with Sir Richard Branson and then SF Mayor, but now California Lt. Governor, Gavin Newsom....

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Flying on Biz

Posted by Sean H. on 06.24.14

In preparation for the Global Business Travel Association Convention in Los Angeles on July 26-30, we’re joining up with Gogo to help our frequent business travelers network in-flight with other Virgin America flyers by using the Here on Biz iOS app. During the month of July, noted travel gurus Chris McGinnis and Johnny Jet will be flying around...

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Faster WiFi for All

Posted by Sean H. on 06.18.14

Five years ago, Virgin America became the first airline to offer Gogo In-flight WiFi service on every flight.  And we’re proud to say that we still retain that distinction today – as the only U.S. airline to offer WiFi connectivity on every single domestic flight. As technology has improved and as more and more people...

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No Missed Connections

Posted by Virgin America on 04.10.14

On the eve of Fast Company’s Innovation Uncensored NY event, we kicked off a discussion on the concept of #connectivity aboard a Virgin America flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Newark (EWR) with Fast Company’s Editor Chuck Salter and a handful of the conference panelists, including Nasty Gal Founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso, StageIt Founder and CEO Evan...

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#PlanePitch Perfect

Posted by Sean H. on 02.19.14

One of the things I feel makes Virgin America unique is the potential to socialize on our flights. Don’t get me wrong, because every now and then I love to put my headphones on and zone out to an on-demand film on Red™. But with our Seat-to-Seat Delivery Feature and Seat-to-Seat chat functions, guests are...

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A Look Back: 2013 By the Numbers

Posted by Sean H. on 12.31.13

1 – Number of Elevate Gold members who earned a flight to space on Virgin Galactic  53 – The number of A320-family aircraft that Virgin America flies (with our latest delivered in April 2013 – Jersey Girl – complete with sharklets!) 85+ Million – the number of miles our aircraft flew in 2013 As 2013...

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Virgin America, FAA Test SWIM

Posted by Madhu U. on 12.20.13

The SWIM program running on an Electronic Flight Bag Virgin America recently became the first commercial airline to test a new system for managing aircraft information while in flight. Part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NextGen air traffic control modernization process, the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) system allows pilots, dispatchers and air traffic...

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