Virgin America Names Plane After Steve Jobs
January 26, 2012

Virgin America Names Plane After Steve Jobs

Virgin America will be naming one of its jets after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away last October.

The plane is an Airbus A320 and will feature Jobs' popular quote "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish" on its nose.

"The idea behind Virgin America was to reinvent the travel experience by thinking differently about design and service--we are known for the tech-forward amenities we offer onboard," Virgin America spokesperson Abby Lunardini told CNET.

The airline is offering fleet-wide Wi-Fi, and its new airplanes also feature touch-screen entertainment and power outlets at every seat.

Their planes will also be offering Gogo's next-generation ATG-4 service in the next few months, which will help increase Wi-Fi capacity by nearly four times the current performance.

The phrase "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish," was delivered by Jobs at Stanford University on June 12, 2005 during a commencement address.  He mentioned the phrase as a reference used in The Whole Earth Catalog in the 1970s.

The aircraft name was submitted as a tribute to Jobs by a Virgin America employee during an internal plane naming competition.  The plane went into service towards the end of 2011.

Virgin America is the only airline based in Silicon Valley, with 2,200 employees based in Burlingame.  The plane's tail number is N845VA.

Jobs passed away on October 5, a day after Apple's CEO Tim Cook announced the new iPhone 4S.


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