Thursday, August 16, 2007

Virgin America, a new branch of Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic, took flight for the first time on August 8th. The airline currently only operates between Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York and Washington D.C. A look at their current introductory fares makes me want to book a flight in first class just for fun - only $149 each way between here and the Bay.
These are the planes of the future and wired for everything a gadget geek like me would need, from 110v plug ins at every seat, USB ports, and two WiFi ports on board for an in flight network. That's right - now you can chat with other members on the plane while listening to your iPod which has zero chance of running out of juice. The planes also feature mood lighting, leather seats (with massage capability in first class), a bank of 3,000 MP3s on board and on-demand movies at every seat. Additionally, you can order fresh food when you want it via the touch screen at your seat. Also, the flights are cashless - swipe your card for whatever you want and you're done. And for you game players, no more solitaire - say hello to Doom and other such games. A review I read said the interior of the plane felt like "a big happy iPod." It sounds like heaven. I can't wait to take a trip.

The song of the day is "I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones off their 1978 album Road to Ruin. It's a catchy song that I always find myself singing along to in the car. The band formed in 1974, and though they didn't have a lot of commercial success, they toured nearly non-stop for 22 years until their breakup in 1996. Oddly, the band's three founding members — Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone—died within eight years of the band's breakup.


Blogger LA said...

Wow, love the amenities. They almost makes air travel tolerable!


2:26 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

My last flight from Maui to the OC was the inaugaral no cash/card swipe flight on Aloha . . .

Virgin sounds great if they can ditch the pink/purple lighting

We mostly don't have the same taste in music, but you are hitting the target this week with the Clash, the Ramones (JoeyJohnnyDeeDeeMarky) and the Pretty in Pink Sound track. The only thing that would have made it perfect is if you had selected the Psych Furs' Pretty in Pink instead of OMD

2:30 PM  
Anonymous lemaster said...

Have you seen "End of the Century", the Ramones Documentary? It's excellent. Probably the most interesting music documentary I have seen.

4:18 PM  
Blogger EditThis said...

Diane - I already used the Psych Furs song on 1/31/07. I love that song!

4:51 PM  
Blogger EditThis said...

Diane - also, there are NINE different mood lighting settings on the plane. That looks like night time. :)

4:52 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

edit - good point - I went back to the 31st, and I was happy then too!

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Kathryn said...

OMG! I want to take a trip!

GO Richard Branson. He is tits.

4:40 PM  

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