Netflix Comes to Virgin America


SAN FRANCISCO: Netflix and Virgin America have secured an agreement to deliver complimentary in-flight wifi access that allows subscribers to watch an array of films and TV shows.

Starting today, Netflix users onboard Virgin America's new ViaSat wifi-equipped aircraft will be able to stream Netflix programming, including the hit series House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, to their phones, tablets, and laptops at no cost through March 2, 2016. The experience is made possible by Virgin America's recent connectivity partnership with ViaSat, which brings faster wifi to the airline's ten new airbus A320 aircraft being delivered from fall 2015 to mid-2016. As of next month, Virgin America will also offer House of Cards season one for free on the airline's recently upgraded Red touch-screen seatback in–flight entertainment platform.

Abby Lunardini, Virgin America's VP of brand marketing and communications, commented: "Netflix and Virgin America are both known for their focus on innovation and for shaking up their respective industries, so we're thrilled to team up to bring the best in technology and entertainment to the skies. These latest generation investments in our wifi and entertainment platforms allow us to provide the largest breadth of streamed content ever available at 35,000 feet—along with entire seasons of some Netflix favorites via the Red platform. We hope our guests enjoy the offering and know that even President Frank Underwood can't get entertainment this good onboard Air Force One."

"As wifi becomes more ubiquitous, it's going to be increasingly possible for members to enjoy Netflix wherever they want," said Bill Holmes, Netflix's global head of business development. "We're delighted to partner with Virgin America to extend the joy of Netflix to our members at 35,000 feet."