What we’re reading: Virgin America’s in-flight social network, Hawaiian to launch Ohana, Virgin Atlantic using Google Glass


The LinkedIn of the skies: Virgin America launches first in-flight social network

Virgin America has been the airline of “firsts.” Now, they have launched the first in-flight social network.

Hand-in-hand with Gogo in-flight WiFi and business networking app Here On Biz, Virgin America will allow their passengers to link up with fellow flyers on their own flight, any other Virgin America flight, and even those already arrived at airports from VX flights.

Hawaiian to launch Ohana in March

After months of waiting, Hawaiian Airlines is set to launch its intra-island carrier Ohana, operated by Empire Airlines.

‘Ohana’ means ‘family’ in Hawaiian. The airline says the name, “anchors us to our legacy and vision of connecting all island communities through flight, making it easier for everyone to share time together as one ‘ohana.'”

Google Glass takes off! Virgin Atlantic crew use tech to greet passengers by name and find out what they want to eat and drink

Virgin Atlantic is testing a scheme at London Heathrow in which hostesses will recognize passengers by using Google Glass.

The technology will be able to identify a customer, see their flight details and preferences, before showing the hostess their flight information, and more.

The technology then immediately begins checking that passenger in, and can update the hostess on travel information, weather and events at the customer’s destination.

This personalised service can also store preferences for future trips.