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In-flight Entertainment

The Virgin Australia Wireless In-flight Entertainment System

The Virgin Australia Wireless In-flight Entertainment system is now offered on selected flights operated by equipped Boeing 737-800 and Embraer 190 aircraft. Simply download the Virgin Australia Entertainment app (for phones/tablets) or Microsoft® Silverlight® (for laptops) before your next flight^, and discover an array of free entertainment at your fingertips. With movies, TV shows, music and more, you can sit back, relax and stream hundreds of hours of the things you love direct to your smart phone, tablet or laptop.

Virgin Australia guests can now enjoy the show for longer, with the introduction of gate to gate entertainment. Simply switch your compatible smart phone or tablet to flight mode to access entertainment from the moment you take your seat until you arrive at your destination.

For more information on accessing Wireless IFE and device compatibility, see the Setting up your device section below.

The Virgin Australia Entertainment App

New features and bug fixes available regularly - update the app before you fly!

Download Virgin Australia Entertainment App on the app store      Download Virgin Australia Entertainment App on Google Play

What's Showing this Month

Take a sneak peek at what’s on Virgin Australia’s In-flight Entertainment Systems this month*.

Setting up your device

To access free Wireless In-flight Entertainment you simply need to prepare your device before your flight. See below for further information, including device compatibility and links to download the required app/software.

List of Supported Devices and Software

Wireless In-flight Entertainment is supported on the following device types & operating software versions:

AndroidTM Phones & Tablets

  • Android 4.1 or higher

Apple iPad® / iPhone® / iPod touch®

  • iOS 8.4 or higher

Laptops

  • MacBook®: OS X 10.10 or higher
  • Windows® operating system: Windows 8.1 or higher

Windows phones and tablets using the Windows Phone operating system 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.

Apple iPad® / iPhone® / iPod touch® and Android™ devices

Just download Virgin Australia's free In-flight Entertainment app from the App Store® or Google Play™ Store

From time to time Virgin Australia will release free updates to the app, and your device will receive a notification from the App Store or Google Play Store. Keeping your app up-to-date will allow you to access the latest content and functionality when on board.

Laptops with Microsoft® Silverlight®

Download Microsoft Silverlight and use Internet Explorer or Safari® to access free in-flight entertainment on your laptop.

Load the test page while connected to the internet to confirm your laptop is compatible with our Wireless In-flight Entertainment.

Tips & Tricks

  • Silverlight® is not supported in ChromeTM or Microsoft Edge browsers
  • Ensure you have the latest version of both Silverlight and a compatible web browser installed. Compatible browsers can be downloaded via these links:
  • For Mac users, Silverlight may not be enabled automatically at the time of installation – please follow the steps below to enable Silverlight:

1. Open Safari browser
2. From the menu bar, select Safari, then Preferences
3. Open the Security tab
4. Locate “Internet Plug-ins” and click Manage Website Settings button
5. Select Silverlight from the plug-ins listed on the left
6. Locate http://www.boardconnect.aero in the list of configured websites on the right (you may need to open our test page first if it doesn’t appear in the list based on previous visits)
7. From the drop-down menu next to the website, select Allow Always
8. Click Done
9. Restart your device and load the test page

If you are still presented with a "Silverlight not installed" error message, repeat steps above, this time selecting “Run in Unsafe Mode” at Step 7.
 

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In-flight Entertainment on Domestic & International Short Haul Services

Wireless In-flight Entertainment

Wireless In-flight Entertainment is unavailable on trans continental flights 

Virgin Australia offers Wireless In-flight Entertainment on equipped Boeing 737-800 and Embraer 190 aircraft, operating on domestic and international short haul routes. This state-of-the-art system provides access to hundreds of hours of movies, TV shows and music, all available on your own device#.

The system can easily be accessed on Wi-Fi-enabled iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® devices; Android devices; and laptops with Microsoft® Silverlight®. To ensure your device is system ready, visit the Getting Started tab and follow the instructions to download the App or software.

Tablets provided by Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia has a limited number of In-flight Entertainment Tablets available on selected flights for complimentary use by Business Class guests. On some flights you can use the Tablet to access Wireless In-flight Entertainment; on others, the Tablet offers a pre-loaded selection of movies, TV shows and music.

Seatback

Available on trans continental Domestic flights

For guests travelling on equipped A330 aircraft, our award-winning In-flight Entertainment Seatback entertainment system is yours to enjoy for the flight free-of-charge. Our Seatback entertainment system entertains all ages with an extensive range of new release and classic movies, TV favourites, engaging games and mood-satisfying music, delivered through a touch-screen and handset-controlled system.

Please note: Virgin Australia accepts no responsibility for any content which may be offensive or distressing.

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In-flight Entertainment on International Long Haul Services

Our award-winning in-flight seatback entertainment is available complimentary to all guests travelling on international long haul services. seatback entertainment entertains all ages with an extensive range of new release and classic movies, TV favourites, engaging games and mood-satisfying music, delivered through a touch-screen and handset-controlled system.

In-seat Power

We have installed power outlets to power your electronic devices.

Power provided is at USA power standards of 110V AC 60 cycles (Hz) – NOT Australian power standards of 220V AC 50 cycles (Hz). The maximum power draw is 150 watts.  The system will automatically check to make sure there is not too much power draw.

The outlet unit will accept almost all plug types, including US two or three-pin, Australian and New Zealand two or three-pin, and European and UK three-pin.

Where can I plug in my device?

  • Business – located between seats, below the audio jack and USB port
  • Premium Economy – below the seat
  • Economy – cabin crew can assist guests with charging devices 

USB Connectivity

Connect a compatible device to our in-seat USB port, to view photos, display Adobe Acrobat files (PDFs), and listen to MP3 music files, via our in-flight entertainment system.

Cameras, MP3 players, USB storage/flash drives, SD card readers are all compatible. Our systems cater for anything that has a USB plug and is a USB mass media device – but doesn't require special software to be loaded onto our system. Note: For safety reasons we only accept specific file types, under a maximum file size.

If your device enables charging via USB, simply plug it into the USB port.

In-flight Entertainment Enjoyed by All

Virgin Australia’s state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment is designed to delight all guests, including those who are 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.

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.

About Wireless in Flight Entertainment

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.

Accessing and Using Wireless in Flight Entertainment

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.

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.

How do I know if my device is compatible with the Wireless In-flight Entertainment system?

We are always working to improve the Wireless IFE system. Currently supported devices and operating systems are*:

Android:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab3, Tab4, Tab S
  • Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, S6
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Note 4, Note 10.1 (2014)
  • Google Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10
  • LG G3
  • HTC One
  • Sony Xperia Z3

Android OS:

  • 4.4-4.4.4 KitKat
  • 5.0-5.0.2 Lollipop
  • 5.1.x Lollipop
  • 6.0 Marshmallow

Apple:

  • iPhone 5/5C/5S, iPhone 6/6+/6S/6S+
  • iPod Touch 5th-6th Generation
  • iPad (2nd-4th Generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2
  • iPad Mini 1, 2, 3

Apple iOS:

  • iOS 8-8.4.1

Windows:

  • Laptops running Windows 7 or greater can access the Wireless IFE system via the Microsoft® Silverlight® application. The Wireless IFE system currently supports access by Silverlight® version 5 only. Download the latest version of Silverlight® here: https://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/
  • If you have a Windows 10 device, please note that Silverlight® is only accessible via Internet Explorer; it is not supported by the new Microsoft® Edge browser or Google Chrome. Download the latest version of IE11 here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/download-ie

For assistance  see the Microsoft® Silverlight® Troubleshooting Guide

Windows OS:

  • Windows 7 or higher

*Virgin Australia does not guarantee IFE system availability on any device that may be jail broken or rooted.

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 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. 

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.

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.

Microsoft Silverlight

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.

Wireless In Flight Entertainment Content

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.

Special Assistance

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.

Important Information

In-flight Entertainment Terms and Conditions. Please refer to the Use of Electronic Devices for more information on using your device on board Virgin Australia aircraft. Virgin Australia does not guarantee IFE system availability on any device that may be jail broken or rooted.

^Certain mobile devices and operating systems including all Windows phones and tablets using the Windows Phone operating system are currently not supported on the Wireless In-flight Entertainment (IFE) system. Virgin Australia is always working to increase the availability of the system on additional devices. For more information on device compatibility, refer to 'List of Supported Devices and Software' section above.

*Virgin Australia 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 In-flight Entertainment. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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