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Virgin America Inaugural

Today I had the pleasure of going on Virgin America’s inaugural ‘California Dreaming’ flight number VX0846 from LAX to SFO. It was a pretty fantastic experience altogether, starting with taking off from the Imperial Terminals Flight Path Museum at LAX and ending with a reception by Mayor Newsom. I will post a bit more about the technical details later, but I wanted to first share some photos and initial thoughts.

Doom on a plane!

Doom on a plane!

To sum it up, I will use a word that the pilots used in thanking us for the flight: awesome. I don’t think I’ve ever heard ‘Thank you for an awesome flight’ on an aircraft before.

Google Maps on a plane!

The inflight entertainment system (IFE) is really cool. I ended up chatting with Xeni, listening to music and playing doom. For the journeymap, they use Google Maps.

Chatting on a plane!

Find the screaming baby.

Turn off your electronic devices

Instead of a stupid non-smoking sign, they have one that says “Please Turn Off Electronic Devices.”

Landing at SFO

For the final landing, the pilots of the inaugural flights from LAX and JFK synched up and landed next to each other at SFO.

** Update **

Pictures of the Inaugural

For the real airplane geeks out there, here are the pictures from the tandem landing.

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  • http://www.boxyad.com Chris Wong

    omg it’s doom!! I remembered I was so addicted to doom back in the days when I was in grade school. Did you get a chance to try out the cheat code?

    Show Entire Map and Enemies
    Cheat code: IDDT (while looking at map)
    Note: Enter the code once to show the entire map, enter it again to show the enemies.

    All Keys And Weapons
    Cheat code: IDKFA

    All Weapons
    Cheat code: IDFA

    Automap
    Cheat code: IDBEHOLDa

    Berserk Pack
    Cheat code: IDBEHOLDs

    Display Location
    Cheat code: IDMYPOS

    Get Chainsaw
    Cheat code: IDCHOPPERS

    God Mode
    Cheat code: IDDQD

    Light Amplification Goggles
    Cheat code: IDBEHOLDl

    No Clipping
    Cheat code: IDCLIP

    Plays Music From Episode #, Mission #
    Cheat code: IDMUS##

    Radiation Suit
    Cheat code: IDBEHOLDr

    Temp. Invisibility
    Cheat code: IDBEHOLDi

    Temp. Invulnerability
    Cheat code: IDBEHOLDv

    Warp to Episode #, Level #
    Cheat code: IDCLEV##

  • http://www.simplifymedia.com Paul Joyce

    After your first post I was thinking about flying just to play with all of the fun toys. Now that I have gone to the VA site and discovered $88 round trip fairs between SFO and LAX — and found them in abundance — I can’t wait to visit the southland.

    The deals are almost as amazing as the A320. $44 each way SFO to Vegas, $139 each way to JFK, 7-day advance, no weekend stay required. Now that’s a product launch.

  • http://radar.oreilly.com/artur/ Artur Bergman

    The fares are awesome. And the First class fare one way to newyork for $400.

    Also, the wireless onboard was apparently named Walruss.

  • http://bradfitz.com/ Brad Fitzpatrick

    ETA of 2:35 am? Clocks set wrong?

  • http://radar.oreilly.com/artur/ Artur Bergman

    Yeah, some bugs in there too! I am going to file some bug reports.

  • http://www.tecsible.com Tecsible

    I wanna fly now!

  • http://www.datalk.com Lars

    Dang, that’s really impressive!

    Is there internet connection aboard as well (for e-mail) or is this “just” a local system??

    Wouldn’t mind playing Doom aboard a long distance flight.. :)

  • Ronald L

    When will Sr Richard take the company public

  • Kathy

    That’s great!!!

    I wonder how much food costs on the airplane? Was there a variety of choices?

    And what if like the whole-game interent system shuts down. I bet it will be a lot in repairs if anything goes wrong!

    They need to add more cities so I ccan start flying!!!

  • Danny

    Now you will be able to Cabin wide text the queston on everyones mind. ” Hey nublets ! I smelt it….who dealt it? ” ROFL