Airline Celebrates By Launching New Inflight Streaming Partnerships With Spotify And The New York Times
Virgin America, the California-based airline known for reinventing flying, has today been named “Best U.S. Airline” in the coveted Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards – for an unprecedented eighth year in a row. This year, over 128,000 readers of the premium travel magazine participated in the annual survey, continuing an award-winning streak for Virgin America, which has picked up this distinction every year since it started flying. The 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards will be reported in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler magazine.
Also today, Virgin America launches new inflight streaming partnerships with Spotify to provide access to the entire catalogue of over 30 million songs, and the New York Times to stream breaking news to guests’ personal devices for free onboard the airline’s new ViaSat WiFi-equipped aircraft through March 2, 2016.
“The influential readers of Condé Nast Traveler believed in our airline from day one and we are honored that they continue to count Virgin America as the ‘Best U.S. Airline’ for the eighth straight year,” said Virgin America President and Chief Executive Officer, David Cush. “Over 128,000 readers cast votes this year, making this is one of the largest and more prestigious independent travel surveys. To win this award yet again, despite our growth over the years, is an incredible credit to our Teammates — who believe in the mission of this airline and who work every day to go above and beyond for our guests. Despite having the best and most consistent product in the skies today, we are continuing to invest in next generation in-flight entertainment, innovative design and topnotch service. Our goal remains to create a different kind of airline — one that people not just tolerate, but actually love to fly with.”
In addition, the airline is offering a Double Points, Double Status Credits frequent flyer promotion on Virgin America flights for guests that book and fly by November 19, 2015. For more, visit: www.virginamerica.com.
Virgin America also today teams up with Spotify to offer all Spotify users streaming access to its entire music catalogue of over 30 million songs from 35,000 feet on any connected device onboard a ViaSat WiFi-equipped aircraft flying in the mainland U.S***. In addition, Spotify provided song pools based on hundreds of millions of playlists to help Virgin America curate over 60 city-inspired music “Mood Lists” that will inspire and excite guests for their destination. Guests can enjoy in-flight playlists such as New York’s “Empire State of Mind“, Chicago’s “Welcome to the Windy City,” all of which can also be found at virginamerica.com/spotify. Virgin America’s boarding music is also available as the “#SpotifyOnboard” playlist. New Spotify users can listen for free or take advantage of a free Spotify Premium 30-day trial.
Virgin America’s exclusive collaboration with the New York Times offers guests complimentary in-flight access to a collection of Times content, including breaking news, from Business, Travel, Technology and ‘Most Viewed,’ on any connected device onboard a ViaSat WiFi-equipped aircraft flying in mainland U.S. Guests may also sign up to receive a free 30-day All Digital Access subscription, good for use both in the air and on the ground. It builds on Virgin America’s recent announcement that the entire Netflix catalogue of award-winning television series and movies can now be streamed in-flight. All of this is made possible by Virgin America’s recent connectivity partnership with ViaSat to bring even faster WiFi to the airline’s 10 new Airbus A320 aircraft, which are being delivered from fall 2015-mid-2016.
In addition to a Main Cabin that offers custom-designed leather seating with a deeper, more comfortable pitch, Virgin America’s First Class cabin offers plush white leather seating with 55 inches of pitch, 165 degrees of recline and lumbar massagers. The carrier’s Main Cabin Select service offers 38 inches of pitch, free food and cocktails, an all-access pass to media content, dedicated overhead bins and priority check-in/boarding. The Red in-flight entertainment platform offers guests their own seatback touch-screen TV, with more than 25 films, live TV, interactive Google Maps, videogames, a 3,000 song library and an on-demand menu, which allows flyers to order a cocktail or snack from their seatback any time during a flight.
Since its 2007 launch, Virgin America has created more than 2,800 new jobs and expanded its network to include Austin, Boston, Cancun, Chicago, Dallas Love Field, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Cabos, Newark, New York (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Orlando, Palm Springs (seasonal), Portland, Puerto Vallarta, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. (IAD and DCA), Honolulu (as of November 2, 2015) and Kahului, Maui (as of December 3, 2015).