Virgin America plans in-flight social network

12 February 2014

Virgin America and the Here On Biz app said they have teamed up to launch the first in-flight social network rolling out on all domestic Virgin America flights by the end of February.

With a growing following of always-connected, tech-forward business travelers, Virgin America will offer guests on flights nationwide the opportunity to “network on the fly” at 35,000 feet.

Travelers can download the free Here On Biz app from the Apple App store before their flight and use it in the air to locate LinkedIn connections on their Virgin America flight, at the airport or en route to a conference. Relying on the airline´s fleetwide Gogo In-Flight WiFi network and purpose-built APIs that identify an aircraft´s location in the air, Here On Biz´s geo-location technology offers travelers the chance to connect via the app with guests on their specific flight, guests on other Virgin America flights in the air, or fellow travelers at their destination.

This month through July 2014, guests on all domestic Virgin America flights can access the Here On Biz app for free through the Gogo network. App users can manage their privacy settings, so that travelers can shut off or limit their visible connections to others onboard.

Headquartered in California, Virgin America offers guests attractive fares and a host of innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel. For more: www.virginamerica.com.

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