Virgin Airlines in flight entrtainment console

This came up on the c77 home page the other day, and I thought it was really well done, not surprising coming from Virgin.

The system offers

  • a QWERTY keyboard
  • Live TV (Dish Network)
  • Pay movies
  • 3,000 mp3 tracks and 20 radio channels
  • Open source video games
  • food ordering from the seat
  • wireless broadband internet.
  • Email/SMS/instant messaging/chat rooms, providing an airborne social network

I wonder how that last one will go over??? Would you use an in flight chat room?

I think the IFE system that Cooper designed for Sony is functionally more usable, but the Virgin one is gadgety and cool looking.