On a recent flight from Brisbane to Cairns, I was curious as to why the man sitting next to me was tapping away on his smartphone. I was surprised to discover he was searching for a movie on Virgin Australia’s Wireless In-flight Entertainment system.
Virgin Australia Wireless app
Virgin Australia’s Wireless In-flight Entertainment is a new entertainment system that allows you to stream content to your own portable device while in the air, from a server on the aircraft. The content is streamed to devices through wireless access points throughout the aircraft.
It’s free to access but you need an Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or an Android device. Or a laptop with Microsoft Silverlight. If you’re using Microsoft Silverlight, make sure the software is configured correctly and check that the version on your laptop is compatible by loading the test page while connected to the internet.
Before flying, don’t forget to charge your device and pack some good headphones.
You need to download Virgin Australia Wireless app from the App Store or Google Play Store before flying.
You use it just like you would use a traditional on-board entertainment system, only, it’s probably going to be easier as you’ll be using a device you’re used to. The menu is intuitive and packed with lots of choices of movies, TV shows and music. There are also plenty of articles on destinations that Virgin Airlines flies to.
It’s great having access to some information on your destination but I felt the travel content read too much like a brochure. I’d much prefer to see more blog-style or video content describing real experiences. Perhaps Virgin Australia should consider publishing content from real bloggers who live in those destinations and a familiar with all the secret spots?
The system is being rolled out throughout Virgin’s fleet and is not yet available on all flights. At the moment, only some Boeing 737-800 aircraft are equipped with the system.
If you want to use it, make sure you keep your app updated to get the latest content.
For more information about connecting to the Wireless In-flight Entertainment system, check the Virgin Australia Voyeur magazine in the seat pocket.