This is not Miami. This is Virgin America.


Sam and I headed to San Francisco for Wondercon this Friday, where we watched a screening of Appleseed Ex Machina and roamed the floor with the fraternity of the disenfranchised. Possibly more exciting than the con itself was the flight there… our first on Virgin America.

Definitely not our last.It takes a European company to come up with something like this, because God knows that the U.S. can’t… or won’t. It’s just too “newfangled.”

virginseats.jpgNot a square inch of nappy, medium blue,hard wearing, gum-gooed upholstery or piece of predictable, PC-colored, textured plastic to be found anywhere. Smooth white surfaces right out of Logan’s Run, clean black leather seats, and blue and pink lights where you’d expect stale greenish, nausea-inducing fluorescents. I tell you we were excited, even to be in coach, and that was before we saw the extra knee room.

First class is something else entirely, with even more room, flat or almost flat reclining seats and gate-to-gate cocktails.

Unstuffy service from happy, cheeky flight attendants, the same old safety information transformed into a nominee for best animated short-caliber video, a 110 plug at every seat, and oh yeah, it’s a flying chat room. Yes, a chat room which everyone in the plane can join and chat in… which we did, and it was hysterical. (If you are separated from fellow travelers or spy someone with whom you’d like to chat privately, you can do that too, selecting them by row and seat.) After the chorus of “OMFG, Virgin rocks” and other such raves, we chatted about MJs with Ramon, the attendant from Silver Lake, wished Eric a happy birthday, and learned of a handful of SF hotspots, recommended by locals, before we even landed.

Hands down the best commuter flight either of us have ever been on. We’d would have hated to leave the plane, but we were headed for the W.

7 Responses to “This is not Miami. This is Virgin America.”

  1. Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    If you’re looking for an insight into Billy’s headline (the inside reference), you’ll find the answer in the link above. (Click “This is Not Miami”, two lines up.)

  2. 2 socialclimber
    Monday, February 25, 2008 at 2:34 am

    wow, sounds super fun! hopefully other airlines follow suit. There’s also Nikole of gamegirl.com who says Virgin America should be called the “Unofficial Airline of Gamers”

  3. Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Once you look past the neon light, Virgin America is like Jetblue with less legroom…but with a far superior in-flight entertainment system.  And, overall it’s a far superior airline than SouthLeast. 

  4. 4 bochicawon
    Friday, May 30, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    VirginAmerica=AWSOME but 1 BAD emp#135101 name=IAN

    There was two of us with ONE 75 pound lugage checking in an Over weight lugage in San Francisco (SFO)
    So, I stepped aside to re-packed it, then weighed 68 pounds. Only to be hassle again and then asked to weigh my carry on.

    The carry-on weighed 35 pound for two of us.

    The pushy IAN forced us to check our carry-on in because that too was overwieght. Split between two people would have been 17.5 pounds easily.

    My Question is “Did IAN have a bad day with his boy friend or girl friend?”

    Doing a job you don’t like is worse than losing your job.

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