Virgin America is beefing up its inflight entertainment offering to provide free access to Internet streaming service Netflix on selected Airbus A320 aircraft.
With its entire fleet already kitted out with ground-to-air-powered inflight Internet, Virgin America’s newest planes take advantage of a high-speed ViaSat satellite connection which allows Netflix content such as the latest movies and TV shows to play with ease.
Guests simply connect to the airline’s inflight WiFi system with their own smartphone, tablet or laptop – free of charge until March 2 2016 for Netflix use – and either login to their existing Netflix account or sign up for a free 30 day Netflix trial that also works on the ground.
The satellite technology also improves the experience for busy business travellers keeping connected with their office back home, with the airline boasting speeds “8 to 10 times faster than any other on-board WiFi system”.
House of Cards’ Michael Kelly (Doug Stamper) took to the skies in character between San Francisco and Washington DC to mark the Netflix tie-up in a specially-painted aircraft, with passengers naturally treated to morally-ambiguous political advice.
“We hope our guests enjoy the offering and know that even President Frank Underwood can’t get entertainment this good on-board Air Force One,” said Abby Lunardini, Virgin America Vice President of Brand Marketing and Communications.
Jetsetters on Virgin America’s older A320 aircraft won’t have inflight Netflix access until satellite Internet is installed, but can still enjoy seasons 1-3 of House of Cards via the existing and recently-upgraded Red seatback entertainment system.
Virgin America remains a Virgin Australia airline partner, with members of Velocity Frequent Flyer able to earn and redeem points on Virgin America flights in the USA.
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