• Boom, the startup that wants to build supersonic planes, just signed a massive deal with Virgin

    Boom, the startup that wants to build supersonic planes, just signed a massive deal with Virgin

    Have you heard about Boom? Boom is a relatively new startup that’s aiming to build something pretty crazy. They’re not building an app… or a social network… or even some new gadget for the Kickstarter crowd. Boom wants to build planes. Really, really, really fast planes. Specifically, they’re trying to design and build a supersonic passenger plane that goes 2.2x… Read More

  • Virgin America Is Bringing Dysonic’s “3D Sound” Into The Air

    Virgin America Is Bringing Dysonic’s “3D Sound” Into The Air

    Here’s a random pet peeve: When I’m traveling, I always kick myself for watching movies on mediocre in-flight entertainment systems — we all do it, but there’s something wrong about squeezing spectacular special effects into a tiny screen and allowing half the dialogue drowned out by the engines. Well, Virgin America’s Red system is already a step above that, and… Read More

  • GoPro Jumps Deeper Into Media Distribution With Dedicated Roku Channel

    GoPro Jumps Deeper Into Media Distribution With Dedicated Roku Channel

    Looking for a place to watch countless POV snowboarding videos? GoPro and Roku have you covered with a new channel coming to the media streaming boxes this spring. GoPro already has a content distribution deal with Xbox, LG and Virgin America, but this one with Roku is the company’s biggest land grab yet. GoPro sells gobs of action cameras and is the dominant player in the growing industry. Read More

  • Virgin America Makes A Safety Video That’s Now A YouTube Hit

    Virgin America Makes A Safety Video That’s Now A YouTube Hit

    Last week, Virgin America launched of all things, a safety video that has become a YouTube hit with now more than 4 million views. It’s a musical that makes buckling a seat beat seem like fun. It celebrates the experience of flying with a focus on the fundamentals of safety that only a company like Virgin can pull off. Read More

  • Virgin America Taps MOGL’s Restaurant Gamification Platform To Serve Up Dining Rewards

    Virgin America Taps MOGL’s Restaurant Gamification Platform To Serve Up Dining Rewards

    Virgin America is the hip, new airline with cool in-seat displays complete with TV shows, games, and the ability to order food. So it only makes sense that they’ve tapped Califonia-based startup MOGL to power their Elevate frequent flyer dining rewards program. MOGL is a loyalty rewards app that serves restaurants by using gamification and a bit of charity to increase engagement and… Read More

  • Off And Running: Loopt's First U-Deal Sells Out In Less Than An Hour

    Loopt has gone through quite a few incarnations, and this morning that tradition continued as the mobile social network announced it was entering the daily deals space with a service called U-Deals. In essence, U-Deals lets users request their own deals. After submitting an idea for a deal, users can then drum up interest by way of social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, etc. Read More

  • Cleaner Flight: Virgin America's Efficient Engines, UOP Biofuels Go Transatlantic

    Air travel promises to become cleaner, if industry actions ahead of the huge, annual Paris Airshow are any indication. Virgin America— a company that’s been reporting on its own greenhouse gas emissions since 2009— ordered $1.4 billion worth of new, super fuel-efficient engines from CFM International the companies announced on Wednesday. The move should help keep energy… Read More

  • A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Points: Topguest Hooks Up With Instagram

    Everyone loves loyalty points. But it’s often a pain to get them because different companies all have their own programs that require you to remember numbers. Topguest’s goal is to unify that experience by letting you earn points simply by checking-in on social networks like Foursquare and Facebook. And now they’re adding a new layer to the mix: Instagram photos. Yes… Read More

  • Google Gives The Ultimate Holiday Gift: Free WiFi On Virgin America Flights

    Google is going to make a lot of frequent flyers, and Virgin America, happy this holiday season. As a gift to people who fly on Virgin America’s WiFi-equipped planes, Google will be footing the bill for everybody on board between November 10, 2009, and January 15, 2010. For Google, this is a smart marketing move because it generates tons of good will among everyone who flies Virgin America. Read More

  • Real-Time Conversations Hasten Social CRM

    In the world of business, social media, led by Twitter, is forcing companies to augment the offshoring of reactive customer service with the nearshoring of proactive customer engagement. The conversations that power social media are sparking a sense of urgency to identify influential voices and talk to customers in a place and time of their choosing (generally, in public and online). For… Read More

  • Virgin America first to offer fleetwide Wi-Fi, gives other airlines the bird

    Whether we realize it or not, there’s a race going on in the skies above us. With the advent of wireless Internet access creeping into what once our sanctuary of solitude at 37,000 feet has now become a domain for self-righteous dingbats to livestream their flights for all to see. Leading the way is Virgin America who announced today that they are the first airline in all the land to… Read More

  • Interview: James Weatherson, Red Inflight Entertainment Engineer on Virgin America

    A few weeks back I hopped onto my first Virgin America flight with Aircell’s Gogo service on-board. It wasn’t the first time I’ve reviewed Gogo and if you recall I was on the first commercial Gogo flight with American Air. The plan was to interview James Weatherson, Virgin America’s inflight entertainment engineer, while I was up in the air, but there was a scheduling… Read More

  • Live from 35k feet! [Update 2]

    Come chat with me on Ustream on my Virgin America flight and watch people walk by! I’ll be turning on my camera every hour or so and I’ll be chatting live from 35,000 feet. I’ll also be IMing with Virgin America’s IFE engineer James Weatherson around 6PM PT today and I’ll post a transcript. He’s in charge of the Red entertainment system on-board all VA… Read More

  • Aircell now offering mobile phone pricing for Gogo service

    Aircell has reduced the price of their in-flight Wi-Fi service Gogo to $7.95 for users who just want to connect their handheld devices. Let’s face it, when you’re stuck in coach on an American flight, you don’t want to pull out your laptop only to have it crushed by the passenger in front of you. Gogo is currently available on American Airlines, Delta and Virgin America… Read More

  • Virgin America now tells you which planes are Wi-Fi ready

    Just a quick update for the transcon flying tech folk. Virgin America updated their online booking system to show you which flights are wired for Wi-Fi so, you know what you’re getting yourself into before you board the plane. Also, starting April 5th, the following routes will all be wired for Wi-Fi: Boston to LA, Boston to San Francisco and Dulles to Los Angeles. Read More

  • Interview: Sir Richard Branson

    It’s not every day we get a chance to sit down with one of the world’s richest and most industrious men. Actually, Sir Richard is only the 236th richest person in the world according to Forbes. I thought he’d be higher. *shrug* Anyway, we had the esteemed pleasure of taking Sir Richard’s IM interview virginity last week as he was jetting back to his private island… Read More

  • Video: Sir Richard Branson in drag – oh, and Virgin America lands in Boston

    Doug Aamoth reporting from Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. Today in the B terminal I saw some good-looking New England Patriots cheerleaders, a good-looking Maria Menounos, and then everything went all haywire when two guys in bumblebee tutus showed up followed by Richard Branson dressed like a patriotic psychiatrist’s wet dream. Read More

  • Virgin America launches service to Boston [Update]

    Virgin America, my favorite domestic airline, is launching service to and from Boston today with three daily routes from LA and two daily routes from San Francisco. This is important for those traveling between Boston and California because all flights to and from Boston are equipped with Aircell’s Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi service. Update: We’ve got a list of all Wi-Fi-enabled VA… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Virgin America flights from NYC for $109

    I don’t know about you guys, but $109 for a flight from NYC to the west coast is dirt-cheap. Sure, airline flights are neither gadget-y nor gear-y, but VA has Wi-Fi-enabled flights and Doom on-board. Just book your transcon flight by February 17th and fly by April 1st. Virgin America flies from NYC’s JFK to Las Vegas, San Diego, Las Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. For those… Read More