The Feed’s own Stephen Johnson told you all a little while ago to prepare for a phone call from your mothers, telling you about this new fangled doohickey called Skype to be featured on Oprah on Thursday. Turns out that Oprah’s Skype show will also feature a technological first, as well as mark a milestone for the airline industry.
Virgin America has announced that it has become the first and only airline to make in-flight Internet service a reality. The GoGo-powered service lets users enjoy all the Internet has to offer (hopefully, minus the porn), including corporate VPN access, all from the cozy confines of a silver bird in the sky. To celebrate its achievement, Virgin will host the first air-to-ground Skype conversation with none other than the big O herself. Please calm yourselves!
Now, this feat may be impressive, but it certainly isn't cheap. The pricing breaks down thusly:
$12.95 - Daytime flights over three hours
$9.95 - Daytime flights under three hours
$7.95 - Handheld devices
$5.95 - Red-eye flights
These prices are all sorts of crazy, but I guess Virgin believes that passenger demand will justify them in the long run. But in the current economic climate, I find it hard to believe that people would be willing to shell out the cash for this service.
Take it away commentators.