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Virgin Atlantic will use ‘green’ fuel for commercial flight to London

Virgin Atlantic will use ‘green’ fuel for commercial flight to London

Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to conduct its first commercial flight using a sustainable aviation fuel produced by LanzaTech. The flight will take place next month and involve one of Virgin's 747s, the entire trip serving as a demonstration of low carbon technology that may help combat climate change. The flight will span from Orlando to London.

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Virgin Hyperloop One wants to replace cargo planes

Virgin Hyperloop One wants to replace cargo planes

Hyperloop's transportation promises may have focused on bussing passengers until now, but two big players are expecting the high speed pod-in-a-pipe technology to have an even bigger impact on cargo transportation. Virgin Hyperloop One and logistics firm DP World have teamed up to create DP World Cargospeed, a new supply system for high-priority shipments.

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Virgin Galactic VSS Unity’s first rocket flight was a supersonic success

Virgin Galactic VSS Unity’s first rocket flight was a supersonic success

For the first time in about four years, Virgin Galactic has fired up the rocket motors in one of its spacecraft for a test flight. Unlike the last time in 2014, however, the test was a success and the VSS Unity managed to complete it first supersonic flight. Virgin Galactic calls this a new milestone for the company, explaining that two years of "extensive ground and atmospheric testing" went into making this possible.

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Virgin Hyperloop One sees billionaire Branson back Elon Musk’s tech

Virgin Hyperloop One sees billionaire Branson back Elon Musk’s tech

There are some big changes going on with Hyperloop One today. Hyperloop and Virgin have announced a new partnership that will see Virgin Group founder Richard Branson joining Hyperloop One's board. Not only that, but a new investment from Branson and Virgin Group are bringing about a bit of a name change at the offices of Hyperloop.

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Spotify, Virgin America team to bring music in the sky

Spotify, Virgin America team to bring music in the sky

Virgin America, the airline, has teamed up with Spotify to offer the latter company’s music catalogue as a complementary service to its customers. This makes Virgin America the first airline in the U.S. to strike up a partnership with the music streaming service. Through this, those flying on the service will have access to all of the music on Spotify’s network, as well as more than 60 curated “mood lists” playlists that have music inspired by various cities.

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Netflix, Virgin America partner to bring quality WiFi, streaming to the skies

Netflix, Virgin America partner to bring quality WiFi, streaming to the skies

Streaming media giant Netflix and airline Virgin America have just announced they're partnering for a new promotion that brings high-speed WiFi, and the subsequent binge-watching, to the skies. Starting this week and until March 2nd, 2016, Netflix subscribers will have access to free WiFi on Virgin America flights with ViaSat WiFi-equipped aircrafts, allowing them to watch the video service's entire catalog from 35,000 feet.

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Virgin’s in-flight Wi-Fi will be able to handle Netflix

Virgin’s in-flight Wi-Fi will be able to handle Netflix

The Internet has become so ingrained in our digital culture that people have started to look for it, and in massive doses, even in places that, until a few years ago, you'd never imagine would offer the service. But while in-flight Wi-Fi is no longer rare as a unicorn, airlines are still in a race to advertise the fastest and best speeds on can offers miles up in the air. The latest to boast of this is Virgin America, whose partnership with ViaSat means that, theoretically, their planes' Wi-Fi will be good enough for video streaming.

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Virgin America announces Android powered Red in-flight partnership with Panasonic

Virgin America announces Android powered Red in-flight partnership with Panasonic

Long flights on airlines can get boring, but in the last few years, flights of all distances have become more bearable thanks to in-flight WiFi and other niceties in the air. Virgin America has a cool in-flight entertainment system called Red that it has offered since 2007. Along the way, the system has been updated with new features and capability. While some airlines only offer their high-end in-flight infotainment systems on a few aircraft, the Virgin Red system is available fleet-wide.

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Virgin boss teases a Tesla challenger

Virgin boss teases a Tesla challenger

Is the next big battle in automotive going to be Musk vs Branson? Outspoken billionaire Richard Branson isn't exactly coy when it comes to teasing what he's working on, and it seems following Elon Musk into electric cars might be Virgin's next frontier. For the moment, Virgin's EV schemes center on the Virgin Racing team taking part in Formula E, the all-electric branch of Formula 1, but according to Branson that might not always be the case.

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Virgin’s KipstR wearable records shows when you fall asleep

Virgin’s KipstR wearable records shows when you fall asleep

Virgin has revealed its own wearable, a wristband called KipstR created with the help of two teenagers: Jonathan Kingsley, age 14, and Ryan Oliver, age 15. Rather than tracking fitness, KipstR keeps tabs on whether the user is awake or asleep. If you fall asleep while wearing the device, it will trigger your TiVo to record whatever show you were watching when you fell asleep. The device and collaboration is said to be part of Virgin's 'Switched on Futures' initiative.

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Nexus 7 replaces Virgin America’s current flight tablets

Nexus 7 replaces Virgin America’s current flight tablets

Virgin America announced this month that it will be replacing the tablets used by its crew members with the Nexus 7, doing so for an improved experience (the slim size and faster speeds were cited among reasons). The airline has decided to call the slates the CrewPad.

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Virgin America unveils flight-centric social networking

Virgin America unveils flight-centric social networking

If your everyday social networks prove too uneventful for your business flights, Virgin America aims to offer the solution. Today the company unveiled flight-centric social networking for business travelers who want to meet up with fellow professionals, do some networking while waiting to board, and get to know those around them.

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