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Virgin Taps YouTube To Get Off The Ground

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There may be a few reasons to grumble about the US government these days, but this just jumped to the top of the list. Virgin America, the US version of...

Allison Mooney
  • 22 january 2007

There may be a few reasons to grumble about the US government these days, but this just jumped to the top of the list. Virgin America, the US version of Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic, was grounded last month (something about US ownership). Now, VA is fighting back virally with a YouTube video. In it, CEO Fred Reid walks us through one of the airline’s tricked out Airbus 8320 planes. They are awesomeness with wings. First class is plush as expected with big chairs, a flipout LCD and a RJ-45 jack, but even the second cabin has a PC (with a touchscreen LCD and QWERTY keyboard) mounted to fully-adjustable seats. The entertainment system, dubbed RED, allows passengers watch movies and live TV, make playlists from a 3,000 mp3 database (transferable to your next flight), IM, email and play video games with eachother, even order food.  There’s also a 110-volt power adapters, Ethernet and USB ports. American fliers haven’t seen gadgetry like this since Delta killed Song.

No wonder the Brits like to fly so much. These planes are enough to make an activist out of any traveler, so VA has started an email petition campaign. You can sign it and send it to the president, your senators and the Department of Transportation. The goal is to get these bad boys in the air by this summer. If not, could this become a key issue in the upcoming election?

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