Press Release
Press Release



Virgin America first airline to offer fleet-wide WiFi
Virgin America first airline to offer fleet-wide WiFi
May 20, 2009


On 20 May, Virgin America became the first airline to offer the Gogo inflight internet service on every flight. Guests on any of Virgin America’s 100 daily flights (regardless of route, aircraft type, or flight time) have the option to surf the internet, check email, or log on to their corporate VPN.

Virgin America is marking this milestone with an air-to-ground Skype video call with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on 21 May on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Although Virgin America does not typically allow Voice-Over-IP (VoIP) products like Skype video calls in flight, to maintain a quiet cabin environment, guests can currently use Gogo to Skype via the instant message feature.

“The excitement people have about inflight WiFi has been reflected in the rave reviews we’ve received from our guests since we launched the service on our first aircraft back in November [2008]. Our tech-savvy fliers have already embraced the option, as we’re regularly seeing up to one-quarter of guests on any given flight logged on,” said Porter Gale, vice president of marketing for Virgin America.

The Gogo service is available for US$12.95 for daytime flights of over three hours, US$9.95 for daytime flights of less than three hours, US$5.95 on red-eye flights and US$7.95 for handheld devices.