Air travel just got more amazing. Virgin America teamed up with ViaSat to deliver the fastest wi-fi service for high-quality video streaming, offering a whopping 140 gigabits/second. Passengers can now surf the web on Virgin using their portable devices with the same quality of their high-speed internet at home. This is due to blazing fast speeds that are 8 to 10 times faster than any other in-flight wi-fi system.
Thanks to ViaSat’s connectivity partnership, Virgin America and Netflix are kicking off their #NetflixOnBoard campaign. This collaboration allows new and existing Netflix customers to stream their favorite TV shows and movies 35,000 feet in the air. While Virgin has recently upgraded their Red seatback in-flight entertainment, consisting of 720p Panasonic touch screens and an Android operating system allowing full seasons of TV episodes, Netflix offers their entire catalog to customers adding exponentially more content. A flight from coast to coast could allow a passenger to binge watch about six episodes of House of Cards or Orange is the New Black. Kids could watch Penguins of Madagasgar: The Movie, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 during such a flight. The possibilities will seem endless.
What’s also exciting is, during the beta period rollout of the ViaSat product, Virgin America will offer FREE wi-fi access on its ViaSat equipped aircraft now through March 2, 2016. Netflix customers can simply open their app on a tablet, mobile phone, or iPod Touch, or login on their laptop’s browser. Since Virgin offers power outlets at every seat, no one will have to worry about devices shutting down in the middle of a scene. If passengers do not have a portable device, they can use Virgin America’s Red seatback entertainment to watch episodes from seasons 1-3 of House of Cards for free.
Virgin America’s and Netflix’s collaboration brings the best in technology and entertainment to provide the largest breadth of streamed content ever available in the skies. They are definitely trendsetters in their prospective industries, so this team effort will most likely spawn similar joint ventures in the future.
These complimentary services will be available on the airline’s 10 new Airbus A320 aircraft being delivered from fall 2015 to early 2016. Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Toronto and Orlando, so there is a chance that one of those new planes will service New York.