Sunday, November 23, 2008

Virgin Airlines Creates WiFi Hotspots In The Air

Virgin America, the California-based airline, today announced live from its first Wi-Fi enabled plane, the successful beta launch of Gogo(r) Inflight Internet and the first ever ``air-to-ground'' video stream to YouTube Live -- YouTube's first official real-world user event.

At the time of this release, filed from 35,000 feet, the carrier's first Wi-Fi enabled plane is circling the skies above San Francisco with special guests, media, and all-star bloggers testing out Gogo on laptops, smartphones and PDAs. Also onboard, YouTube's highest viewed users are joining NBC 30 Rock stars Katrina Bowden and Keith Powell for a live ``YouTube Air'' skit streamed to the YouTube Live audience on the ground and on-line.

``As San Francisco's only hometown airline, we couldn't do less than offer Wi-Fi as a standard option for our tech-savvy guests. With power outlets at every seat, Gogo will turn our planes into Wi-Fi hotspots and home offices in the air,'' said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. ``We're proud to team up with two innovative companies -- Aircell and YouTube -- to launch this service with the latest technology, a sense of humor, and of course, an inflight party.''

The Wi-Fi enabled aircraft will be flying all over the U.S. as a Thanksgiving surprise to guests starting on Nov. 24. Following the beta period, Gogo will be quickly added to additional aircraft and pricing will be set at $12.95 for flights over 3 hours and $9.95 for flights of 3 hours or fewer. By the second quarter of 2009, Virgin America will be the first U.S. carrier to offer inflight internet fleet-wide.

The first Wi-Fi enabled plane (N638VA, ``My Other Ride is a Spaceship'') can be tracked in real time via Google Maps at: http://wifitracker.virginamerica.com. During the beta period, the airline is encouraging its frequent fliers and Wi-Fi advisory board members to provide feedback on the service.

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1 comments:

Nomadic Matt said...

that is awesome. i already love virgin america and i haven't even flown them yet.

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