|Netflix and Virgin America now offer streaming video entertainment aboard certain Via Sat-equipped flights. Photo: Virgin America
[Avionics Today 10-02-2015] Netflix and Virgin America are joining forces to provide complimentary in-flight Wi-Fi access that allows Netflix members to enjoy the streaming TV and movie service during flight. Beginning immediately, Netflix users onboard Virgin America's new ViaSat Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft will be able to stream Netflix programs to their phones, tablets and laptops at no cost through March.
Virgin America is attributing the capability to the recent connectivity partnership with ViaSat, which brings “significantly faster” Wi-Fi to the airline's 10 new airbus A320 aircraft being delivered from fall 2015 to mid-2016.
"As Wi-Fi 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."