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Virgin America plane tour [Jul. 12th, 2007|11:15 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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I got invited to take a tour of one of the pimped out Virgin America [wikipedia] planes this morning. In addition to the excitement of being on the SFO runway without going through any sort of security whatsoever (wtf?), the plane was also incredibly cool.

Every seat, including economy, has:
  • power (regular US jacks, not EmPower)
  • Linux-based IFE with:
    • music/video on demand
    • qwerty keyboard on backside of in-armrest controller (seat-to-seat chat with other passengers)
    • save your playlist, it follows you to your next flight
    • order food/drinks, optionally pay with credit card, have it delivered to your seat
    • Doom and other open source games (they're letting people develop on their platform, too)
  • USB jack (charge your ipod, plugin your own mouse/keyboard, etc)
  • ethernet jack (wifi also on board)
  • ..
The plane also has great seats and crazy mood lighting.

I guess the whole thing (website, central servers, 3 servers in belly of aircraft, IFE, etc) was designed from the ground-up to integrate together, not careless slapped together later.

Should be fun to fly when they start doing flights.
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[User Picture]From: moonwick
2007-07-12 06:27 pm (UTC)
save your playlist, it follows you to your next flight

That's one of those amazingly neat little details that I'd never have thought of.
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From: evan
2007-07-12 06:29 pm (UTC)
You've now reached the Power-Blogger level: getting random corporations to give you "free demos" for hope of coverage.
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2007-07-12 07:18 pm (UTC)
i think in this case, they want our input on how we think it is
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[User Picture]From: d4b
2007-07-13 10:27 pm (UTC)
Seems to have worked! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: bulknews
2007-07-12 06:33 pm (UTC)
Sounds pretty awesome. I'll switch my primary airline only if they fly to Tokyo...
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2007-07-12 07:54 pm (UTC)
They are domestic only. I guess it depends on what partnerships they get.

Personally I am hoping for a Virgin Atlantic partnership :)
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[User Picture]From: bulknews
2007-07-12 07:58 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah obviously. I hope they should get a partnership with ANA just like Virgin Atlantic does :)
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[User Picture]From: henry
2007-07-12 06:59 pm (UTC)
I drive onto various runways all the time; the "security check" consists of me telling a voice box a tail number and the gate being remotely opened. Nobody looks at my ID or who or what else is in the car/suv/van, and this includes SeaTac. Airports really are security theater at it's finest.
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[User Picture]From: xlerb
2007-07-12 07:00 pm (UTC)
World Domination Plan:
  1. Impersonate brad
  2. Steal fancy airplane
  3. ???
  4. Profit!
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[User Picture]From: octal
2007-07-12 07:26 pm (UTC)
I wonder when someone does netsex mile high.
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[User Picture]From: perpetualmotion
2007-07-12 07:56 pm (UTC)
Funny I was just telling you about that IFE system a couple months back ! They keep adding little details, I love what they're doing. Go Virgin :)

And go in-flight A/S/L IM stalkage.
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[User Picture]From: funjon
2007-07-12 09:01 pm (UTC)
10F: a/s/l?
13B: ???!

still, nifty. Now when the pilot comes back and sees me playing FS2004 on my laptop, while jacked into the network, he'll be -truly- afraid that I'm trying to pwn the plane.
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[User Picture]From: midendian
2007-07-13 12:12 am (UTC)
Ha, when we taxied by it today, I thought they have a nice stairway up, they must be doing tours. Apparently they were!

I'm sure if you'd have run screaming from your escort towards a United jet, you'd have caused quite a flashy-lights scene with a complimentary full ground stop for an hour or five.

(The parking lot those aircraft are in is also the general aviation terminal area, which is not part of the TSA secured zone. There's literally a line on the tarmac at most airports that separates the TSA zone (commerical/revenue passengers) from the normal security areas (GA, cargo).)
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[User Picture]From: vladius_osso
2007-07-13 01:00 am (UTC)
A Russian-LJ style comment: "How much did they pay you?" :)
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[User Picture]From: muerte
2007-07-13 03:07 am (UTC)
Is it actually the original Doom? I know the engine is open, I thought ID still owned the content (maps/textures) etc.
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[User Picture]From: flipzagging
2007-07-13 07:23 am (UTC)
I must have seen your plane in the air today. We were heading out to lunch and the brilliant red made us turn our heads. Around 1:30pm?
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From: baudehlo
2007-07-13 02:42 pm (UTC)

Legroom?

While the virgin atlantic planes have some cool gadgets too, they have utterly appalling legroom. I'd rather have decent legroom and just listen to my iPod than suffer being cramped for hours on end.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-08-25 12:09 am (UTC)

New Experience ?

I am booked to fly out of JFK to LAX on Sept 5 and boy had I wished I kept my reservations with AA same date later flight same fare ... why I changed .. new airline hearing all the buzz about it and want to experience it .
So far I have been following the reviews before my flight and well I am excited still but think I am going to be disappointed before we even depart . 1. 8.00 for a movie (hell no)2.order food from my seat (if the price is right and the menu is appealing.)3. so far none of their flights have been on time(don't care whatever reason just that AA made me sit in JFK with no info for 3 hours on the plane and coming back to NY we held in Chicago for a hour and a half no info either .)4. Customer service reps dont know how to answer certain questions and I find them not very friendly. 5. Had issues purchasing a ticket online and had to contact reservations after 3 attempts online and then had issues with reservations making the booking after 2 attempts , took us 45 mins. before I got a confirmation and repeated myself. 6. Well 25.00 for extra leg room in the exit isle .. come on I get to the airport 2 hours before just to change to that seat , I don't mind if i am going to get something free on board for the extra cash but are you kidding me ?
What is going to be the next charge cause I am waiting to hear how the would bill the internet usage on board already there are saying 3 different speeds if i am not mistaken , cause I would use my cell phone as a modem if that is the case.
Low cost airline ? hmm I don't think so ... Jetblue had me all the way until they started having issues now I am going back to my AA and use some of the miles i got there and enjoy my free stop over on my award ticket.
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