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Great news for travelers aboard Virgin America: The carrier has given the go-ahead to introduce better, faster, stronger Wi-Fi throughout the cabin. Now your emails and sites will load speedier than ever — and even more importantly, the bandwidth will now allow for you to stream video from 35,000-feet.
The airline is updating around ten Airbus A320s through a partnership with ViaSat, a provider of satellite broadband. According to Fortune, the upgrade will rely on "the use of ViaSat-1, a high capacity Ka-band satellite service that offers speeds of up to 140 gigabits-per-second, [which] could make Virgin’s Wi-Fi eight to ten times faster than your garden variety inflight networks." (Virgin America seems to take pride in its in-flight Wi-Fi access; they're still the only carrier providing access on each and every flights.)
When will the enhanced speeds hit the seats? Expect faster Wi-Fi service to go live as soon as September. Let the YouTube cat videos commence!
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Fast forward eight years and Virgin America is now showing off a crazy-cool update to Red. Here's the official word from their blog.
Taking off on three of our aircraft this month, we are launching new, higher resolution, capacitive touch monitors as well as a new Red Beta platform built on Android-based software that allows us to make faster improvements in the short-term to our in-flight entertainment platform – and in the long-term, will make it possible for us to further connect, personalize and expand Red in entirely new ways.
Let's break that down for you: You'll be able pinch and swipe on the seatback TV, much like you do on your tablets or phones; you'll also get three times more content (including Seasons 1 and 2 of "Orange is the New Black, priced at $5 for four episodes); and some really cool features like expanded Google Maps, retro video games such as Pac-Man and surround sound simulation from Dysonic, which allows passengers with any sort of headphone to hear a "surround sound" effect from the comfort of their seat.
Virgin is also excited about this new platform because they think it be easier to innovate the system even further. We're not even sure how much further they can take this. But that's probably why we're not working on Red.
We'll be on the lookout for the new Red system on our next Virgin America flight but if you get a chance to try it out, let us know what you think
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Icelandair aires Björk. Norwegian Air Shuttle plays unpronounceable Scandinavian artists like Röyksopp. And Hawaiian Airlines leaves passengers with some soothing ukulele. In-flight music sets the tone for an entire journey. While boarding your flight, would you rather hear some overly dramatic piano cover of Asia’s "Heat of the Moment" like it’s 1982, or bounce to the addictive electronic beats of The XX?
We decided to examine the music on various US airlines. Who has the best tunes? To decide, we considered criteria like modernity, tempo, mood setting capabilities, variety — and number of piano or glee club cover songs.
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Since upgrading was a snap decision (we did it at the airport when the thought of 11 hours sitting in the second-to-last row of the plane was too much to bear), we weren't all that familiar with the premium economy product on Air NZ. We did walk through the seats at the end of our first flight and we admired the cool-looking "spaceseats", as they call them. (This is on the 777-300 planes, FYI.) But everything else was a bit of a mystery.
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Remember a few months back, when Qantas wanted their customers to wear some bulky virtual reality headsets to experience the best of the Red Roo's destinations? Well, what we didn't realize is that the Great Barrier Reef was not included in this 3-dimensional experience. Seems like an Aussie airline would have that on the top of their list, right? Well, now we can announce that it's finally made the cut!
The airline has partnered with Hamilton Island to bring one of the hottest tourist attractions to first-class passengers flying on 27 of their A380 routes and in some of the international Qantas lounges around the world. The 360-degree experience flies high with the help of Samsung and Rapid VR and allows virtual visitors to get close to the coral while still staying dry.
Good thing the Qantas lounge at LAX just reopened and doubled in size!
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Excited about going to Finland, but anxious about the social media disconnect during travel? Not a problem if you’re traveling aboard Finnair, as they are putting the pieces in place to ensure that WiFi is an option across their entire fleet.
Just don’t assume your next flight will have the up in the air connectivity, as initial reports sound like it’s going to take a little bit of time. Up first is the brandy new Airbus A350 which is scheduled to start doing its thing later this year. Eventually the A330s in the hangar will get the wires and transmitters, as well as some of the carrier’s short-haul airplanes—expect this at some point in 2016.
All in all we can expect the majority of Finnair’s planes to be doing the WiFi thing during 2018. When asked about the technology or provider behind the travel technology no real details were revealed, as apparently it’s still a little too early for that kind of info. We’ll keep you posted as to when they finally flip the switch, and of course when that first Finnair Airbus A350 takes to the skies.
We recognize that we’re probably a little bit greedy when it comes to our in-flight entertainment needs. First there were movies—maybe just on one screen—but soon we wanted more choices, our own screens, and maybe even some live television as well. We moved onto WiFi as well, but apparently the traveling public is looking for more and more when it comes to up in the air distractions.
Thankfully higher education has heard our complaints, as online courses are the latest option to be streaming at 35,000-feet. JetBlue was one of the first carriers to kick things off, as late last year they started offering excerpted streaming lectures and learning from the folks over at Coursera—think business classes, music lessons, and other academic awesomeness.
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Back in October we discussed the ways in which Apple Pay would make life easier for travelers, namely allowing us to leave the credit cards at home while we shopped from traditional vendors. But now JetBlue has gone and surprised us with this news--starting next week, JetBlue will allow passengers to use Apple Pay to take care of their in-flight food and beverage purchases.
To make this all work, JetBlue is giving their flight crews iPad Minis to handle transactions. And obviously, passengers can only use Apple Pay if they have it enabled on their iPhones.
For now, Apple Pay will be available on coast-to-coast JetBlue flights from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco in mid-February. More Apple Pay flights will be added in March, with all JetBlue flights having Apple Pay by June.
JetBlue is also promising to allow guests to use Apple Pay within the JetBlue app later this year. And supposedly, when the Apple Watch comes out this spring, passengers can use that too to pay for their snacks and drinks.
Right now, JetBlue is the first airline to accept Apple Pay in-flight, but we have a feeling that won't last for very long.
Who do you think will be next airline to accept Apple Pay? Put your guesses in comments below!
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We had the chance to fly with SWISS Airlines from Zurich to Montreal in Business Class not so long ago and all we can say is that we wanna do it again.
Aside from the tasty food and good service, their new international biz class seat has it all going on. Done in a stylish grey tartan and light wood, it’s a generous size for generous hips, becomes a 6’7” lie-flat bed and has a spot to plug in your electronic gadgets. We liked the fact that each seat has a large side table that not only gives you separation from your neighbor, but can hold all of your books, mags, water, wine, headphones and No Jet-Lag tablets (we do like to spread out!). If you’re traveling solo, have a good look at the seating chart when you’re selecting your seat: Some of the single window ones have not one, but two tables per seat. You’ll feel like you’re King (or Queen) of the Universe.
Besides the expected array of movies and music that is part of the in-flight entertainment system is the unexpected ability to use the screen to view your own stuff from your cell or iPad. The system is controlled by a convenient handset that you can, as well, leave handy on that large side table.
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Isn't it a little too early for April Fools?
Qantas is banking on the fact that international first class passengers paying beaucoup bucks for the comfy seats won't mind looking silly with a virtual reality headset loaded up with Hollywood blockbusters, destination tours and highlights of new services from the Aussie airline. (Looks like we spoke too soon last week.)
Partnering with Samsung, the red roo is offering high-rolling flyers, both in-flight and on the ground, an option to be transported to a new dimension with the headsets. Whether you're waiting for your plane in the First Class Lounge in Sydney or Melbourne or flying in first on selected A380 flights to and from Los Angeles, passengers can strap on and experience the trial service for three months starting in March.
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KITTENS AND PUPPIES.
However, there was a problem. The much-vaunted Paws and Relax channel, which was announced in August and supposed to debut in September with nothing but animal programs was not on the inflight entertainment. Nor was it in the High Life magazine.
Actually, we can’t remember seeing it when we flew to Vegas in December, either. And, in fact, when we asked cabin crew where the puppies were, not one of them had ever heard of it. Does this mean it never launched, or it did launch but it bombed? Nope, the latter is just not possible.
request a ticket refund get over our trauma, there are other options. In fact, we couldn’t help noticing that BA has some rather intellectual in-flight entertainment. They may not be showing debates from the Oxford Union, as they used to, but this is still one high-class IFE roster. If you want to stimulate your brain onboard, here’s what we suggest:
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Instead of a cosmetic rebrand, Alaska Airlines is investing millions to update their entire in-flight experience with huge benefits for the economy traveler.
Alaska Beyond begins rolling out across Alaska Airlines' 737 fleet from today through 2015, and it consists of several updates: