Virgin America Allows Its Passengers a Seat-to-Seat Delivery “Flirting” Service

Virgin America offers travelers a great opportunity to try their dating chances while up in the sky. Promoting the launch of the company’s first Las Vegas flight, Virgin America has introduced a new service that allows passengers to flirt onboard. As Sir Richard Branson explains in the dedicated video, “Guide to Getting Lucky,” the revolutionary service enables guests to order drinks, meals and snacks for the person they like over seats using the airline’s Red in-flight entertainment platform.

With the Seat-to-Seat Delivery, it’s as easy as never to demonstrate affection to fellow guests onboard at 35,000 feet. Here’s how it works: one spots a cute and friendly fellow traveller, finds out where he or she sits (say, 4A), selects the seat on the Red touch screen at the seatback, and orders a food or drink “compliment” for her or him. If the start is good, travelers can continue their relationship in a seat-to-seat text chat on the same Red platform. If something goes wrong and the affection disappears for some reason, any of the two passengers can block the chat. The statement from company reads that the Virgin America service will be available across all their routes.

The company invites travelers to share how they have used or would use the Seat-to-Seat Delivery service on Virgin America for a chance to win a Vegas getaway, one of two vacation experiences. The stories are to be shared on the Virgin America’s Facebook fan page, the submission period ends on May 22, and then the company will shortlist 5 finalists and put their stories to a 1-week vote. The two entrants who get the most votes will be selected as winners and notified around June 6.

In 2012, the Dutch airlines company KLM introduced the “Meet and Sit” service allowing passengers to learn more about their seatmates by reading their profiles on Facebook and LinkedIn. The service is open only to those who also shared their social-media pages.

Along with introduction of the playful addition to the aircarft flying experience, Virgin has also made a huge step in another field it is entering, commercial space travel. On April 29, Virgin Galactic’s suborbital space vehicle SpaceShipTwo made its first test rocket-powered flight, breaking the sound barrier during the 16-second engine burn.