Virgin America & Nest has teamed up to offer frequent flyers the options to control the temperature around each seat! The new Virgin America’s IFE known as Red is here and it’s going to give passengers more choices than ever–now introducing Inflight temperature control! No longer will passengers on Virgin’s flights have to worry about being too warm or cold based on the crew’s mood. Having a hot flash or have the sniffles? Don’t worry, if your hormones are going crazy, no sweat, Virgin and Nest now have you covered thanks to individualized in seat temperature control! For those of you stuck in a middle seat, I just hope you can come to an agreement with your neighbor!
Synopsis of the Virgin American Media Release:
Virgin America, the award-winning California-based airline already known for its inventive travel experience, today announces that it will integrate the Nest Learning Thermostat into its aircraft cabins – allowing travelers to create personalized climates at 35,000 feet. By the end of 2014, Virgin America will integrate Nest into its seatback Red™ entertainment platform across the airline’s entire Airbus A320-Family aircraft….
“Nest technology has completely re-imagined how people control their own climate – and Virgin-branded airlines are known for harnessing that same entrepreneurial spirit and the latest technology to reinvent the flying experience,” said Virgin Group Founder, Sir Richard Branson. “Integrating Nest into all of Virgin America’s seatbacks and allowing travelers to control their own personal temperature at 35,000 feet seemed like a natural next step. Why should you have to wait to arrive at your vacation destination to enjoy tropical weather, when you can turn the heat up from your very own seat?”
Nest and Virgin America engineers teamed up to create a first-of-its-kind system – Total Temperature Control (TTC), which allows travelers to create their own personal climate controlled environment thanks to Nest thermostats built into the Red™ in-flight platform – the touch-screen personal seatback system already onboard all of Virgin America’s aircraft….The breakthrough technology co-developed by Nest and Virgin America engineering teams includes the development of adiabatic air curtains around each guest’s seat that make climatic destination variation possible. Starting this month, and fully integrated across the fleet by the end of 2014, the system will allow travelers to adjust their personal seat temperature to their preferred climate or one of the airline’s multiple Destination Acclimation settings, including:
- Cancun Afternoon
- Standard Day in Los Angeles
- Chicago Polar Vortex
“Nest will bring a one-of-a-kind experience to your flight on Virgin America,” said Tony Fadell, CEO of Nest. “The idea grew out of a late night discussion with Richard, on how airline seats should do more than just comfortably transport you from one place to the next – they should consciously understand your wants and needs. That’s what Nest is doing with the home and now we’re helping Virgin America do it in the sky….”
To help explain how this service will work, Virgin America has launched the video above with Virgin Group Founder, Sir Richard Branson and Nest CEO Tony Fadell. I personally cannot wait to try out the Cancun Afternoon with an inflight margarita or the Chicago Polar Vortex! In fact, I’m going to bring my winter coat next time I fly just to try out the Total Temperature control setting!! And for those of you who look forward the the standard day in LA 75 degree setting, don’t forget your gas masks, as I know I don’t want to breath the LA Smog at 30,000 feet!
Is this an April fools joke or for real? I’ll let you decide 😉 way to keep it fresh virgin…no pun intended!