Virgin America announces that it is teaming up with
Google to offer guests the opportunity to “test-fly” Google’s new Chromebook
for free onboard their flight and at select airport gates.
From July 1-September 30, 2011, Virgin America flyers
will have the exclusive chance to check out a Chromebook at their departure
airport gate and take the new notebook computer out for a spin onboard select
Virgin America flights.
In addition, flyers who check out a Chromebook will
receive a free WiFi session onboard Virgin America via the Gogo network. Virgin America was
the first airline to offer fleetwideWiFi, so Chromebook users on all Virgin
America flights can open their browser and surf the web for free at 35,000
feet. With an eight-second boot time, the available Chromebooks are
built for today’s connected traveler.
“Our goal has always been to use the best in
technology to reinvent the travel experience – and help bring some fun back to
flying,” said Porter Gale, vice president of Marketing for Virgin
“As another California company known for connecting
people in new ways, Google has been a key partner with us from our very first
flights in 2007 powering the interactive Google maps onboard our Red
entertainment platform. We’re delighted to team up with Google
yet again in a way that keeps our guests entertained and connected in both the
physical and virtual clouds,” Gale added.
guests traveling between the airline’s sleek and sustainable new home at San
Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) Terminal 2 and Boston Logan
International Airport (BOS), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) or
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) will see Google “Chrome
Zone” lounges at their gates starting this week, where they can learn more
about the Chromebook and check one out for their flight.
Travelers can simply check in at their departure gate,
swipe their credit card (for deposit purposes) and receive a Chromebook for use
on their flights between SFO and DFW, ORD or BOS. The Chromebooks can be
returned at the guest’s arriving gate.
The Chrome Zone service is offered for free for all
Virgin America flyers traveling between SFO and the above airports.
Google Chrome Staff will also be on hand at the participating Virgin America
gates to assist guests.
“Designed for people who live on the web and are on
the go, the speed, simplicity and security of Chromebooks are an ideal
choice for today’s travelers. We’re pleased to partner once again with Virgin
America to keep travelers connected and productive no matter where they
are even at 35,000 feet,” said Caesar Sengupta, director of Chrome OS,
By Telecomlead.com Team