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Virgin America Takes Broadband Internet to the Skies

Virgin America, a new airline that began service on August 8th and is quickly gaining a reputation for its techie features, has announced that it is partnering with AirCell in an effort aimed at offering air-to-ground broadband internet service on Virgin America flights sometime in 2008.

Guests onboard the airline will be able to access the internet either through their wifi-enabled personal devices or through the RedInflight Entertainment system at every seat. According to a press release, the system is anticipated to allow guests to connect to the internet with the AirCell Broadband Service, using either their Red seatback video screens or their own wifi enabled portable gaming devices, laptops, PDAs or Smartphones.

Guests will also be able to check and send web-email from their seatbacks through Red's TALK — the airline's onboard chat system — using popular instant messaging services such as MSN, Google talk, Yahoo! Skype, and AIM.


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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
love the atmosphere in that plane. very mellow.
DCStar DCStar 10 years
I flew Virgin America from SFO to LAX and it was soooo much fun! I wish the flight were 10x longer...which is QUITE extraordinary for me. You order food, snacks & drinks on your personal screen, and they deliver it in SECONDS! The blankets are soft fleece, there are thousands of MP3's to listen to and TV to watch. The leather seats are wonderful, too. I didn't get to use the internet or cell phone service, but look forward to trying those out in the future! I think I paid about $40 or $50 for the flight, BTW.
jdots24 jdots24 10 years
I can't wait till ALL planes have this! Yay!
Kostika Kostika 10 years
The important question is this: How much does it cost?
sarabel sarabel 10 years
I flew Virgin American a few weeks ago and am flying it again tonight. Great airline. It feels so hip as opposed to nasty with all the other old boring airlines.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 10 years
OMFG!!! I am SOOO flying Virgin next time!!!
Leopardcc Leopardcc 10 years
So cool! I am ready to go!
Brians-Girl Brians-Girl 10 years
ahh Richard Brason.. what a smart man! :)
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
I also love flying Virgin when I fly to London, sometimes even more than BA! I can't wait for this system to appear on my next flight ... I don't care how much it costs, it will solve a lot of issues I have about flying!
aistea311 aistea311 10 years
I want to fly on Virgin. They have great service to London and hope they fly from MIA to NYC
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