updated 04:25 pm EDT, Thu July 22, 2010
Virgin America adds to in-flight Google Maps
Virgin America, which was the first to bring Wi-Fi to all of its planes, has now further upgraded its seat-back TV Internet experience. Fliers can now shop in SkyMall, view enhanced Google Maps and open a bar tab. This is in addition to services already available, including TV, music, games, passenger chat and food ordering.
This update makes the service simpler for stewardesses and passengers, as they can pay for all their food, drinks, movies and purchases with one use of a credit card. The tab will remain open until a passenger closes it, or the plane reaches 10,000 feet on its final descent, which will then automatically close it.
The in-flight, Google Maps-powered map gets terrain view and eight levels of zoom. The changes are live on Virgin America flights now. [via Jaunted]