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Virgin Atlantic to Celebrate WiFi Landmark with Inflight Comedy Festival

Virgin Atlantic to Celebrate WiFi Landmark with Inflight Comedy Festival
September 19
11:42 2017

MIAMI – Virgin Atlantic joins the trend of global carriers offering in-flight connectivity to its passengers with a fleet-wide launch event that will take place on September 28 on flights from London to New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Boston, and Los Angeles.

According to the airline, pricing for in-flight connectivity start between £2,99 and £14,99 for the ‘Max Package’, which guarantees connectivity throughout the entire journey.

Virgin Atlantic claims it will be the first carrier in Europe to offer WiFi connectivity throughout its entire wide-body fleet, positioning themselves ahead of competing carrier British Airways, which has failed to announce a similar project.

The airline will equip its aircraft with Gogo’s 2Ku system, which operates over Ku-band satellites.

The launch event will be hosted by Abbi Jacobson, performing the first ever comedy festival at 35,000 feet. Jacobson is curating a lineup of five other comedians who will take Social Media apps, like Twitter and Instagram, to perform.

“I’m really excited about this project and the creative control that Virgin Atlantic is giving me, not only over the lineup I’m building but the form my performance takes. I’m definitely looking to use the opportunity to experiment, take some risks, and see what happens inflight,” said Jacobson.

 

With the introduction of in-flight connectivity, Virgin Atlantic will become the first airline in Europe to offer WiFi across its entire fleet and across flights to and from the U.S., Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Mark Anderson, Executive Vice President, Customer at Virgin Atlantic, said in a public statement: “Customers flying around the world with Virgin Atlantic can work and play throughout their flight as we become the first airline in Europe to offer a fully WiFi enabled fleet.”

According to Anderson, “innovation has always been in our blood and we’ve worked closely with WiFi providers to develop the fastest, most reliable connection across the Atlantic, and are the first carrier to offer WiFi between the UK and the Caribbean, China and Africa.”

Even though Virgin Atlantic already offers WiFi connectivity on some aircraft, the system is powered by the AeroMobile technology.

The carrier now has a combination of Panasonic and Gogo technology on 39 aircraft. The airline claims that customers flying on the Boeing 787 will be using the Panasonic platform, whereas the Airbus A330s, Boeing 747s, and Airbus A340-600s will be powered by Gogo. WiFi prices:

Aircraft

Passes

Prices

What you get

787

WiFi light

£4.99/

$6.39*

40MB data

WiFi max

£14.99/ $9.18*

150MB data

A330,  A340, 747

Messaging Pass

£2.99/

$3.83*

Messaging access throughout flight

WiFi light

£4.99/

$6.39*

One hour internet access

WiFi max

£14.99/

$19.18*

Full flight internet access

*All costs are charged in Pound sterling and conversion rates to dollars are subject to fluctuating exchange rates.

Virgin Atlantic revealed that the most popular routes for WiFi usage have been from London-Heathrow to New York, San Francisco, and Atlanta. Nevertheless, the airline will maintain their in-flight entertainment with recent movies, TV shows, a music library, and games for customers.

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