Jan 14, 2008

virgin america

i flew virgin america to DC over the weekend and the contrast between VX and other US domestic airlines is jaw-droppingly extreme. the planes are brand new -- so new, in fact, that the enamel baked over the entry door screws has never been broken -- and the cabin crew are relaxed, cheerful, and quick. the overhead lighting is a cool ultraviolet, which is weird but acceptably slick. i liked RED, their inflight interactive entertainment system that includes seat to seat chat, meal/drink orders, and a safety video that was so good i watched it twice (below, for your delectation). we even got into SFO 32 minutes earlier than scheduled. they just got it right, and i'm happy to have helped put google maps in their planes.

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