Virgin America Takes Google Chromebook into the Clouds

By Ben Rossi on 30 June 2011
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Capitalizing on the recent release of Google’s Chromebook, Virgin America is letting passengers “test-fly” the cloud-based laptop on their flights and at their departure gates all this summer. 

Starting July 1, travelers on select flights between San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DWF) can try out the Chromebook in “Chrome Zone” lounges at their departure gates.  They can take the new laptops with them on their flights and enjoy free onboard Wi-Fi, handing them over at their arrival gates.  The offer lasts until September 30.

The promo deal is a natural for Google and Virgin.  Google’s highly anticipated Chromebook came out June 15 to mixed reviews but reportedly strong sales.  The browser-based laptop, which needs to connect to the internet in order to run, is a perfect showcase for Virgin’s fleet-wide Wi-Fi access.

Virgin America is also partnering with Ace Hotel in Manhattan for the “Get Away with a Chromebook” sweepstakes.  The winner will receive a free Chromebook, a trip to New York City with a guest, and a two night stay at Ace Hotel.  Those interested must sign up by July 20 on Virgin’s Facebook page.

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