What is Wireless In-flight Entertainment?
Wireless In-flight Entertainment is a new state-of-the-art entertainment system that allows you to wirelessly stream content to your own portable device onboard. There is a server on the aircraft that holds the content and it is distributed to your device through wireless access points located throughout the aircraft.
Is Wireless In-flight Entertainment available on all aircraft?
Virgin Australia is progressively rolling out Wireless In-flight Entertainment across its domestic and international short haul fleet. The system is offered on selected flights operated by equipped Boeing 737-800 and Embraer E190 aircraft.
How can I access Wireless In-flight Entertainment?
If you’re using an iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® or Android™ phone or tablet, you will need to ensure you have downloaded the App prior to departure. You can download Virgin Australia's In-flight Entertainment Apps from the App StoreSM or Google Play™ Store.
- iPhone and iPod touch In-flight Entertainment App
- iPad In-flight Entertainment App
- Android In-flight Entertainment App for phones and tablets
If you are using a laptop, you simply need to have downloaded the correct version of Microsoft® Silverlight® software, and then load the Wireless In-flight Entertainment test page while connected to the internet to confirm that your software settings are compatible.
The Virgin Australia Entertainment Apps work with selected phones and tablets using iOS version 7 and above and Android operating system versions 4.2 Jelly Bean and above. Windows phones and tablets are currently not supported on the Wireless In-flight Entertainment system. Virgin Australia is working to increase the availability of the system on additional devices.
What accessibility is there for the visually or hearing impaired?
International long haul and transcontinental flights
On international long haul flights (777 aircraft) and transcontinental flights (A330 aircraft), we have a selection of movies and safety information videos available with closed captions (CC). These materials are clearly marked on our cutting-edge touch-screen system. Just go to Video Settings to activate the function when playing a movie.
Domestic and short haul international flights
On domestic and short haul international flights (wireless enabled 737 and E190 aircraft), we have a selection of movies available with closed captions (CC). These movies are clearly marked in their own collection, simply click on the CC to activate this function when playing a movie.
Apple iOS for iPhone and iPad offers inbuilt screen reader VoiceOver for the visually impaired. Press and hold the home button to activate Siri. Request Siri activates Accessibility/VoiceOver. The VoiceOver screen reader will convert buttons and text into a synthetic voice. Please note: a headset will be required.
For Android smartphone and tablets, the TalkBack screen reader for the visually impaired can be downloaded through Google Play. If preinstalled, access your device settings menu and select Accessibly/Vision/TalkBack. The TalkBack screen reader will convert buttons and text into a synthetic voice. Please note: a headset will be required.
I have Microsoft Silverlight installed but I cannot connect to the Wireless
In-flight Entertainment system - why?
You need to ensure you have the latest version of Microsoft Silverlight installed on your laptop with the correct settings configured to be able to connect to the Wireless In-flight Entertainment system. You can check you have a compatible version of Silverlight with the correct settings by loading the test page while connected to the internet.
My laptop runs Windows 8 and has the latest version of Microsoft Silverlight – why might I be encountering a “plug-in” error message when trying to access the Wireless In-flight Entertainment system?
Windows 8 has two browsers, both called Internet Explorer. One browser is accessible from the Metro interface, while the other browser is accessible only from the desktop environment. While the desktop browser allows the use of plug-ins like Silverlight, the Metro browser does not. As a result, the Wireless In-flight Entertainment system is only accessible in the desktop environment. If you are using Windows 8 with Silverlight® and encounter a plug-in error message when trying to access the Wireless In-flight Entertainment system, please ensure that you are using the browser from the desktop.
Can I use the Wireless In-flight Entertainment system if I have not downloaded a Virgin Australia In-flight Entertainment App or Microsoft Silverlight?
No. The Wireless In-flight Entertainment system requires the correct App or Silverlight to be downloaded on your device prior to departure.
What content will be available?
You will be able to access hundreds of hours of movies, TV shows and music. There is also a survey, so you can tell us about your experience.
Can I control when the content starts and stops?
You can control the viewing of the content. Just keep in mind the length of your flight so that you don’t miss the end of your program!
Can I continue to access Wireless In-flight Entertainment content after my flight?
You can only access the Wireless In-flight Entertainment system while on board the aircraft.
Can I access the Internet or use social media applications?
No, you cannot access the Internet or use social media applications. The wireless signal your device receives is local to the aircraft only, and is not connected to the Internet.
Can I use voice or SMS services during flight on an aircraft equipped with Wireless In-flight Entertainment?
Mobile phone services (voice and SMS) are not available during flight.
What does gate to gate entertainment mean?
Personal electronic devices weighing less than 1kg, are now permitted for use during all stages of flight (from departure gate to arrival gate), provided flight mode is selected. Gate to gate entertainment means that you can access the Wireless In-flight Entertainment on smart phones and tablets, from the moment you take your seat onboard the aircraft, until it’s time to disembark at your destination.
Please listen to Cabin Crew announcements on board to confirm that you are able to use your device throughout your journey in flight mode, and don’t forget to pause and listen to your Cabin Crew during the pre-flight safety briefing.
When can I connect to the Wireless In-flight Entertainment system?
Virgin Australia guests using compatible smart phones or tablets weighing less than 1kg can now access the Wireless In-flight Entertainment system from the moment they take their seat until they arrive at their destination.
Guests using a laptop or device weighing more than 1kg can use the Wireless In-flight Entertainment system once the fasten seatbelt sign is turned off after take-off until it is illuminated again for landing.
Do I still need to select Flight Mode on my phone / tablet?
If your compatible smart phone or tablet weighs less than 1kg, then you are able to use the Wireless In-flight Entertainment system through your journey, in flight mode, on Boeing 737 and Embraer 190 aircraft.. To access your entertainment, be sure to enable Wi-Fi after switching to flight mode and connect to the ‘VirginAustralia’ network.
What if I don’t have my own compatible device?
Virgin Australia Business class and Premium Economy guests will be provided with Tablets for complimentary use while on board. On some flights the Tablets can be used to access Wireless In-flight Entertainment; on others, the Tablets offer a pre-loaded selection of movies, TV shows and music. Find out more about other In-flight Entertainment options that may be available.
Is streaming through Wi-Fi technology safe? Why can I now have the Wi-Fi settings on my device turned on during flight?
Wi-Fi streaming in-flight is completely safe on board aircraft with the correctly installed Wireless In-flight Entertainment system. Virgin Australia has undertaken extensive testing and has received approval for use of the system from the relevant aviation safety authorities.
I used to have to “activate” the App after downloading or updating it – is this still required?
We have improved the functionality of our In-flight Entertainment App so that it is fully configured as part of the download (and update) process. It is no longer necessary to activate the App.
Can I provide feedback on the Wireless In-flight Entertainment system?
Virgin Australia welcomes your feedback on our new Wireless In-flight Entertainment system. Please complete the on board survey “Your Say” or use the Guest Relations feedback form.
#The Virgin Australia Entertainment Apps work with selected phones and tablets using iOS version 7 and above and Android operating system versions 4.2 Jelly Bean and above. Windows phones and tablets are currently not supported on the Wireless In-flight Entertainment system. Virgin Australia is working to increase the availability of the system on additional devices.
*Virgin Australia Wireless In-flight Entertainment content is subject to change at any time without notice and may not always match the content shown on this site.
The aircraft operating your flight may change without notice. In the event of an aircraft change, we are unable to guarantee that your aircraft will be equipped with Wireless In-flight Entertainment. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Please refer to Use of Electronic Devices for more information on using your device onboard Virgin Australia aircraft.
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