Virgin America has teamed up with both Spotify, to offer free streaming of its entire catalogue, and The New York Times to offer a curated collection of content onboard the airline’s WiFi-equipped aircraft.
Virgin America is the first U.S. airline to partner with Spotify to offer all Spotify users streaming access to its entire music catalogue of over 30 million songs.
In addition, Spotify provided song pools based on hundreds of millions of playlists to help Virgin America curate over 60 city-inspired music “Mood Lists” that will inspire and excite guests for their destination.
Guests can enjoy in-flight playlists such as New York’s “Empire State of Mind”, Chicago’s “Welcome to the Windy City,” all of which can also be found at virginamerica.com/spotify. Virgin America’s boarding music is also available as the “#SpotifyOnboard” playlist.
New Spotify users can listen for free or take advantage of a free Spotify Premium 30-day trial.
Virgin America has also launched an exclusive collaboration with The New York Times to offer passengers complimentary in-flight access to a collection of Times content, including breaking news, from Business, Travel, Technology and ‘Most Viewed,’ on any connected device onboard ViaSat WiFi-equipped aircraft flying on mainland flights.
Passengers may also sign up to receive a free 30-day New York Times All Digital Access subscription, good for use both in the air and on the ground.
The partnerships are good thru 02 March 2016.
The news builds on Virgin America’s recent announcement that the entire Netflix catalogue of award-winning television series and movies can now be streamed in-flight – all of which is made possible by Virgin America’s recent connectivity partnership with ViaSat to bring even faster WiFi to the airline’s 10 new Airbus A320 aircraft, which are being delivered from fall 2015-mid-2016.
Virgin America’s recent connectivity partnership with ViaSat leverages the company’s satellite-based in-flight internet service to enable Virgin America’s guests to experience internet speeds similar to what they expect at home.
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