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Inflight Entertainment

Virgin Atlantic currently have three different types of inflight entertainment systems across their fleet, and Virgin America one. With the arrival of the A330-300 to the fleet, a new system VERA Touch is now the top of the line for Virgin Atlantic, and many of its features mimic those seen in Virgin America's RED system. It should be no surprise then, that both have a shared heritage, as RED was originally developed by a Virgin Atlantic inhouse team.

Below is a run down of the current systems in place, and the aircraft that have these systems fitted.

VERA Reel (Originally Odyssey)

Aircraft delivered between 1997 and 2002 were fitted with state-of-the-art Matsushita Avionic Systems IFE. The VERA Reel system offers 20 channels of entertainment plus much more as follows:
  • 10 movie channels
  • 2 kids channels (featuring a combination of movies and tv programming)
  • 8 TV channels featuring music, sport & news, comedy and kids programming plus the exclusive Virgin Travel guide
  • 14 audio channels ranging from soul to Classical music
  • A choice of 35 Nintendo Games
  • Moving Skymap display which plots the aircraft's flight path
  • In-seat telephones (located on the reverse of the handset)
The VERA Reel system is on a selection of 747-400 and A340 aircraft.

Registration Aircraft Type Aircraft Name
G-VTOP 747-4Q8 Virginia Plain
G-VELD A340-300 African Queen
G-VFAR A340-311 Molly
G-VAIR A340-313 Maiden Tokyo

VERA On Demand (Originally V:Port)

This system is onboard 747-400s and A340-600s. It offers Video on Demand where passengers can watch or listen to what they want and can start, pause or rewind their chosen movie, TV show or CD. What it features:
  • 10.4 inch screen in Upper Class
  • 9 inch screen in Premium Economy / Economy
  • 300 hours of Video on Demand content
  • 14 channels of Audio on Demand and a jukebox with over 45 CDs ranging from Chopin to Elvis Presley to PJ Harvey. Passengers can listen to an entire CD or just an individual track.
  • A selection of audio books
  • 15 computer games, of which 3 are multi-player and one, Battlemail Kung-fu, has been developed exclusively for Virgin
  • A Quick Find facility that allows passengers to look for films starring their favourite movie star, comedy shows or language programming
  • A dedicated Kid’s Zone that has it’s own menus and contains programming suitable for children and a parental block
  • The system will allows passengers to send emails and SMS messages.
  • IMap is a brand new fully interactive map application - not only can passengers track their flight, but they can also roam around the world, zoom in on different destinations and points of interest.
Email and Intranet was promised as "coming soon" in 2003, but has yet to materialise.

The VERA On Demand system is on all A340-600 series and certain 747-400 aircraft.

Registration Aircraft Type Aircraft Name
G-VROC 747-41R Mustang Sally
G-VWOW 747-41R Cosmic Girl
G-VBIG 747-4Q8 Tinker Belle
G-VFAB 747-4Q8 Lady Penelope
G-VHOT 747-4Q8 Tubular Belle
G-VSUN A340-311 Rainbow Lady
G-VATL A340-642 Miss Kitty
G-VBLU A340-642 Soul Sister
G-VBUG A340-642 Lady Bird
G-VEIL A340-642 Queen Of The Skies
G-VFIT A340-642 Dancing Queen
G-VFIZ A340-642 Bubbles
G-VFOX A340-642 Queen of Clubs
G-VGAS A340-642 Varga Girl
G-VGOA A340-642 Indian Princess
G-VNAP A340-642 Sleeping Beauty
G-VRED A340-642 Scarlet Lady
G-VSSH A340-642 Sweet Dreamer
G-VWEB A340-642 Surfer Girl
G-VWIN A340-642 Lady Luck
G-VWKD A340-642 Miss Behavin
G-VYOU A340-642 Emmeline Heaney

VERA Touch (Originally JAM)

This system is onboard A339-300 aircraft. It extends the features of V:PORT with a touch-screen, the ability to plug in your own portable devices and rate content. What it features:
  • Touchscreen
  • Premium Economy also features touchscreen handset
  • iTunes-like carousel interface
  • Rate movies and TV Shows
  • 'Play' your own content through USB
  • Movies, games, TV shows and Sky bulletins

The VERA Touch system is on all A330-300 aircraft.

Registration Aircraft Type Aircraft Name
G-VAST 747-41R Ladybird
G-VXLG 747-41R Ruby Tuesday
G-VGAL 747-443 Jersey Girl
G-VLIP 747-443 Hot Lips
G-VROM 747-443 Barbarella
G-VROS 747-443 English Rose
G-VROY 747-443 Pretty Woman
G-VGBR A330-343X Golden Girl
G-VGEM A330-343X Diamond Girl
G-VINE A330-343X Champagne Belle
G-VKSS A330-343X Mademoiselle Rouge
G-VLUV A330-343X Lady Love
G-VNYC A330-343X Uptown Girl
G-VRAY A330-343X Miss Sunshine
G-VSXY A330-343X Beauty Queen
G-VUFO A330-343X Lady Stardust
G-VWAG A330-343X Miss England


This system is used on Virgin America aircraft based on the Linux operating system, and originally developed in conjunction with Virgin Atlantic. A touch-screen interface is used to order menu items, play games, shop or watch content including TV and latest Hollywood releases. The content on Red is a mixture of free and chargeable - the latter being paid for by swiping your credit/debit card in the controller handset. Red also features Google Maps and GoGo internet - so you can keep in touch with V-Flyer wherever you are ;-)

Registration Aircraft Type Aircraft Name
N521VA A319-112 Let There Be Flight
N522VA A319-112 The 1 Year-Old Virgin
N523VA A319-112 Contents May Be Under Pressure
N524VA A319-112 Dark Horse
N525VA A319-112 Virgin & Tonic
N526VA A319-112 Jane
N527VA A319-112 Tubular Belle
N528VA A319-112 Fog Cutter
N529VA A319-112 Moodlights, Camera, Action
N530VA A319-112 GoGo Dancer
N621VA A320-214 Air Colbert
N622VA A320-214 California Dreaming
N623VA A320-214 Three If By Air
N624VA A320-214 Red, White & Blue
N625VA A320-214 Jefferson Airplane
N626VA A320-214 Unicorn Chaser
N627VA A320-214 Runway Angel
N628VA A320-214 Entourage Air
N629VA A320-214 Midnight Ride
N630VA A320-214 Superfly
N631VA A320-214 Chic Mobile
N632VA A320-214 YouTube Air
N633VA A320-214 The Tom Clark Express
N634VA A320-214 Mach Daddy
N635VA A320-214 My Other Ride's A Spaceship
N636VA A320-214 Airplane 2.0
N637VA A320-214 An Airplane Named Desire
N638VA A320-214 San Francisco Pride
N639VA A320-214 Air Drake
N640VA A320-214 Refresh Air
N641VA A320-214 DotComSecrets Air
N642VA A320-214 Breanna Jewel
N835VA A320-214 Arnold
N836VA A320-214 Spruce Moose
N837VA A320-214 Air VH1
N838VA A320-214 DFW one
N839VA A320-214 Myles from Connemara
N840VA A320-214 bytheway
N841VA A320-214 #nerdbird
N842VA A320-214 real steel
N843VA A320-214 VAmanos!
N844VA A320-214 sol plane
N845VA A320-214 stay hungry, stay foolish
N846VA A320-214 glitter girl
N847VA A320-214 Scarlett O'air
N848VA A320-214 bellapierre
N849VA A320-214 fly bye baby
N851VA A320-214
N852VA A320-214 safady voyager
N853VA A320-214
N854VA A320-214

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