Virgin America, the California-based airline, has announced live from its first Wi-Fi enabled plane, the successful beta launch of Gogo Inflight Internet and the first ever “air-to-ground” video stream to YouTube Live — YouTube’s first official real-world user event.
The carrier’s first Wi-Fi-enabled plane circled the skies above San Francisco with special guests, media, and all-star bloggers testing out Gogo on laptops, smartphones and PDAs. Also onboard, YouTube’s highest viewed users are joining NBC’s “30 Rock” stars Katrina Bowden and Keith Powell for a live “YouTube Air” skit streamed to the YouTube Live audience on the ground and on-line.
The Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft will be flying all over the U.S. as a Thanksgiving surprise to guests starting on Nov. 24. Following the beta period, Gogo will be quickly added to additional aircraft and pricing will be set at $12.95 for flights over three hours and $9.95 for flights of three hours or less. By the second quarter of 2009, Virgin America will be the first U.S. carrier to offer inflight Internet fleet-wide. Self-directed videos from some of YouTube’s highest-viewed stars and a special message from Virgin Group Founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson premiered on the Red system earlier in the flight.
The videos, posted to the carrier’s YouTube channel earlier this month, have already received more than 1 million views. For more information, visit www.youtube.com/virginamericaFollow and Share with Jetsettersblog.