New High-Speed ViaSat Satellite WiFi Launches this Month on Virgin America, Allowing Guests to Stream Video in the Air Just Like at Home
Netflix users onboard Virgin America’s new ViaSat WiFi–equipped aircraft will be able to stream the best programming available in the skies, including the hit series House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, to their phones, tablets and laptops at no cost through March 2, 2016. The experience is made possible by Virgin America’s recent connectivity partnership with ViaSat, which brings significantly faster WiFi to the airline’s 10 new airbus A320 aircraft being delivered from fall 2015 to mid–2016.
Virgin America is also offering House of Cards seasons 1 for free on the airline’s recently upgraded Red touch–screen seatback in–flight entertainment platform – so travelers can binge–watch through their own devices or their seatback.
“Netflix and Virgin America are both known for their focus on innovation and for shaking up their respective industries – so we’re thrilled to team up to bring the best in technology and entertainment to the skies. These latest generation investments in our WiFi and entertainment platforms allow us to provide the largest breadth of streamed content ever available at 35,000 feet – along with entire seasons of some Netflix favorites via the Red platform,” said Abby Lunardini, Virgin America Vice President of Brand Marketing and Communications. “We hope our guests enjoy the offering and know that even President Frank Underwood can’t get entertainment this good onboard Air Force One.”
“As WiFi becomes more ubiquitous, it’s going to be increasingly possible for members to enjoy Netflix wherever they want,” said Bill Holmes, Netflix’s global head of business development. “We’re delighted to partner with Virgin America to extend the joy of Netflix to our members at 35,000 feet.”
As the only airline based in Silicon Valley, Virgin America has long been known for its innovative in–flight experience – including being the first (and still only) U.S. airline to offer WiFi on every flight and power outlets at every seat. Virgin America has one of the youngest fleets in the industry, with custom–designed, mood–lit cabins, comfortable leather seating and a personal seatback entertainment platform that offers every guest their own seatback touch–screen with movies, live TV, interactive maps, videogames, a 3,000 song library and an on–demand menu, which allows flyers to order a cocktail or snack from their seatback any time during a flight.
Earlier this summer, Virgin America announced a new connectivity partnership with ViaSat to bring even faster WiFi to the airline’s 10 new Airbus A320 aircraft being delivered from fall 2015 – mid–2016. The partnership leverages ViaSat’s satellite–based in–flight internet service to enable Virgin America’s guests to experience internet speeds similar to what they expect at home – offering WiFi connectivity that is 8 to 10 times faster than any other onboard WiFi system, with the freedom to watch and now stream online directly on any connected device when in–flight.
The WiFi service will be complimentary for travelers until March 2, 2016. In addition to being the only U.S. airline to offer fleetwide WiFi as of 2009, Virgin America has made continuous investments in its in–flight connectivity system, including upgrading its full fleet to the latest generation ground–based WiFi system as of 2014 and now investing in the most advanced satellite–based WiFi system with ViaSat for its next 10 aircraft deliveries.
How #NetflixOnboard works:
Guests on aircraft equipped with the new ViaSat WiFi service will be notified by the Virgin America in–flight team that they can access high–speed WiFi. Guests can then open their browser and login for free by selecting the “VirginAmerica” ViaSat network and will then be prompted to either login to their existing Netflix account or to create a new, 30–day free trial account, after which they will then be connected to the Netflix service at 35,000 feet, just like they would on the ground. Existing account holders will be able to access Netflix through their mobile device, tablet or laptop onboard ViaSat equipped Virgin America aircraft at no additional cost through March 2, 2016, while new members can sign up to enjoy a free 30–day free Netflix trial – good for use both in the air, on Virgin America’s ViaSat–equipped aircraft, or on the ground.