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Google Gives GoGo Juice while Flying to New York City

Google Gives Great GoGo Juice as a gift, and they're doing it on Virgin American Airlines

This will be my first post ever from a plane flying at an altitude of over 37,225 feet.  I just couldn't resist.  My options were to either sleep on the 5 hour flight to New York, finish reading "Crush It" by Gary V, or write a blog post. Well, here I am. lol~  I'm actually hoping that in the next five hours, I can accomplish a little bit of all three.  :-)

It was a really cool thing to arrive at the Virgin American Air gate this morning to see that they had Wi-Fi available for all us passengers.  Then I was greeted with a handshake and a smile from one of the Virgin Air employees at the front desk, followed by seeing my name in lights on the "BIG" board.  Wow, I have to say I got pretty excited, and was very impressed with their unique great customer service.  I really appreciated that warm and fun reception.

I can tell already this is going to be a great trip to RainCamp and Inman Connect!


First thing after boarding the plane, I run into Derek Overby and Mike Mueller, both nearly as excited as I am to get to New York. (Actually, Mike Mueller is behind me sleeping right now, but I know he's excited).  I just sent him an IM using this new "seat to seat chat" they have on board, but looks like Mikes getting his zzzzz's instead right now...

I digress.  So how cool is this that I am writing this post from seat 18D aboard a flying aircraft.  I have written many Blog posts and from "many" different places, but never while flying on a plane.  Here I was thinking and dreading the worst of a long 5 hour+ flight from the West to East Coast.  I sure am glad that Google has a hot thing going on with Virgin...wait...that doesn't sound quite right, but I think you know what I mean right?  FREE WiFi on a plane, Man I just love that they've finally able and doing this.

Now I'm spoiled, I will never want to fly without Internet Access again.  Google, please keep your "GoGo" coming, and provide it on all airlines, not just Virgin's.   You've got my vote, it sure is making the time and flight go faster, and it's much more enjoyable knowing my email is not getting backed up over the next few hours.  Thanks to Virgin Air and Google for bringing me my "first ever" Airborne Blogging experience.  I'll probably want to travel a lot more now and you both know where I'll "GoGo" when it comes time to "FLY!"


Looking forward to landing in New York in a few hours, and I'm really excited about being a part of both Inman Connect and RainCamp this year. I hope I'll get to see you at either one or both.  ...and I still can't believe I'm writing this while flying on a plane. :-))



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Comment balloon 68 commentsBrad Andersohn • January 11 2010 03:16PM


Whew, that was close!!  

I almost accidentally named this post Google Gives Great Gogo Juice to Virgin, sure glad I caught that one...   :-O

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Great way to pass the time Brad!...More productive than reading Sky Mall magazine for sure!...

Have a fun in the Big Apple!

Best regards,

Posted by Judi Boad (SOLUTIONS REAL ESTATE) almost 11 years ago

Can this be the mile high rain club?

Welcome to the Big Apple Brad. Looking forward to meeting you in person.

Posted by Concetta Pepenella-Timmons, Associate Broker (Remax Metro Staten Island, New York) almost 11 years ago

And here I thought you'd have to be flying First Class to have that kind of technology at your fingertips...How COOL is that!

Posted by Paul C. Wilkinson, GRI, REALTOR -Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula - (951) (CENTURY 21 Preferred) almost 11 years ago

Brad * Concetta beat me to it!!!  ActiveRain Mile High Club!!!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 11 years ago

We flew on Virgin American on a flight to Las Vegas and we had the same experience being so impressed with the amount of entertainment they provide.  I hope you brought a warm coat, gloves and scarf because it is cold here in Manhattan right now.

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Judi - you're not kidding!!  lol~

Concetta - be there in a couple more hours, looking forward to meeting you too.  :-)

WOW!!  I'm still blown away that I'm blogging and commenting from the plane.... gotta run over to Facebook real quick now!!  haha~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Wow, that would be awesome to be able to have some productive time on those long flights!  And to see your name in lights on the sign, priceless!

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) almost 11 years ago

Brad it has been a while since I have flown, but I had not even heard of WI-FI being available on planes.  Providing that service is such a great idea, and I am sure it makes the time fly by (did I just say that ..... LOL)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 11 years ago

Brad - How cool is Virgin American!  That looks like some setup they have there.  Have a blast at ran camp see you in Dallas!

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) almost 11 years ago

I wish I flew to places where Virgin went...but it doesn't seem to be in my cards.

Virgin is great and all BUT GOOGLE is the best!! Thanks to you and the rest of the AR community I'm learning new things to love about it every day.

Have fun in NYC. Can't wait for RainCamp DC

Posted by Cara Pearlman, Realtor - ABR, SFR (Frankly Real Estate, Inc) almost 11 years ago

...  now if i could just find somewhere to plug in on the plane, my battery is just about to die...  DOH!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

As a native New Yorker now in the South all I can say is I am really envious of you and your trip. Look forward to reading about it

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( almost 11 years ago

How very cool is that?!!!

The advancement of technology never ceases to amaze me.

Have a great time in NYC!

Oh, and good choice changing the title of this blog at the last minute!!!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 11 years ago

ok, gotta run, transferring over to the iPhone now. 

One day google will be able to provide wireless electricity for all our mobile technology... one day. 

Don't laugh!!  :-)))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Seat to seat texting? You've got to be kidding me??  That sounds like it was an awesome and productive plane ride!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 11 years ago

That's pretty awesome.  So do they give you wireless keyboards or are they built into the seats or something?

Chanda panda

Posted by Chanda Barrick, in referral (Keller Williams Indy Metro Northeast) almost 11 years ago

Mike Mueller sleeps?  Since when?  Got a pic?

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) almost 11 years ago

Free WiFi on a flight would definitely have the time pass quickly for me.  Sounds like they are just getting you hooked and there will be a charge in the future - like staying at a hotel - $9.95 for the day or something like that if you want it in the room.  Anyway we now have to have it where ever we go.  Have fun in New York?  You definitely should have taken a picture of Mike sleeping and included it in your blog.

Posted by Cathy Tishhouse, Royal Oak Real Estate (RE/MAX Showcase Homes) almost 11 years ago

I hope my next flight has free wifi! Enjoy New York and have a most excellent Rain Camp.

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) almost 11 years ago

Brad...what next...moon blogging :)

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) almost 11 years ago

The wonders on modern technology!!  Welcome to the East Coast...have fun in NY, sorry I'll miss you guys!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 11 years ago

Hi Brad-

I spend every plane ride blogging on my BlackBerry.  What a pain!  I envy you your great ride to NYC - all my flights will be better when I change to iPhone!

Steve and I will be back at RainCamp when it gets to a warm locale.  There's a reason that we live in Texas!  Have a great time!

--Sara in San Antonio

Posted by Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS (iTexas Realty Co.) almost 11 years ago

Brad - What a fabulous, high tech, trendy write up!  I wish i were there, great job!

Posted by Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!" (Rulnick Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago


I love flying Virgin Air...the mood lighting is so cool and they are always ahead of the game when it comes to comfort, entertainment, and hi tech! Free WiFi though, has to be the best... Have fun in the Big Apple and congrats on the mile high blogging!!

Posted by Michael A. Caruso (Surterre Properties) almost 11 years ago

Brad, Virgin Air is awesome. I love their new decor and color! Happy to know that you got free Wi-Fi by Google. Looking forward in meeting you tomorrow. Cheers!

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

This blog post made me think of how far technology has come in the past 10 years.  Amazing.  What a wonderful way to welcome you to the flight by having your name and Active Rain on the electronic board.  And seat-to-seat chat is fantastic!  It saved you from having to turn around and say something with your real voice.  Love it!  LOL!!!

Posted by Bob Willis, Orange County & L.A. County Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) almost 11 years ago

Have a safe and fun trip, my friend!...

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) almost 11 years ago

That's pretty stinkin' awesome. Sadly, I would have been blogging, too. Sad addiction! :)

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) almost 11 years ago

Brad- when I was a kid, I wanted a Dick Tracy watch. . . one that actually worked.  Well, Wi-Fi, Google, and Smart Phones far surpass that.  Hope you have a great trip.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 11 years ago

Virgin is supposed to be the best, and I fly to the U.K. a lot.  But my mileage is on United and are they ever the worst.  Enjoy Rain Camp and thanks for the Go Go update.  It is going to be on all planes soon which will make flying way more fun.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 11 years ago

Brad, Cool,  that Virgin has kept up with technology.  Thanks for keeping us up to date also.  How Cool "Fly Blogging"

Posted by Dona Reynolds, St. Joseph MO (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers) almost 11 years ago

Brad, you are always ahead of the rest of us! Thanks for leading the way with your sky post!

Posted by Anthony Ebright - NMLSR ID #247647 Purchase and Refinance Mortgages (FHA, VA, Conforming, Jumbo - Wells Fargo Home Mortgage) almost 11 years ago

Brad - VA is VERY cool. I have flown them several times to SFO but they did not have their WIFI up and running.  They have been one of the best flight experiences I have had (except first class to Europe LOL).


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 11 years ago


These guys, Google and Virgin, sure can put together something to write home about. Or write AR membership about. Seat-to-seat chat, hmmm?

Posted by Esko Kiuru almost 11 years ago

Brad, Come on Wifi isn't a want it's a neeeeed. I'm with you on this one Google should go for providing it to all airlines.


Posted by Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain (Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain) almost 11 years ago

that is so cool, wish it was available all the time, would make flying time go quicker.  Maybe in the future.

Posted by Miriam Bernstein, CRS almost 11 years ago

I was catching ZZZZZZZZZZZ's.  

Did you know there's also a power outlet beneath your seat?

Wifi is available on that flight all the time (it's just that right now it's free)

Posted by Mike Mueller (Tech and Social Media Consultant) almost 11 years ago

Interesting technology on these planes.  I couldn't help noticing that you said you were at 37,225 ft.  I think they're supposed to be at 37,000 ft. even.  But that's just the olp pilot in me speaking.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 11 years ago

Wow! Seeing Welcome Activerain must have been so cool! That really struck me. Having WiFi on a plane is a necessity these days!

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) almost 11 years ago

Brad, It was a pleasure to meet you a minute ago.  Had to come check out this post since you mentioned it.  Very cool to see ActiveRain on the welcome sign.

Posted by Jon Sigler, South Windsor Homes for Sale 860-306-8029 (Keller Williams - Greater Hartford) almost 11 years ago

Jon - the pleasure was all mine, it's great to see everyone who made it here today.
I'll be back in a bit to catch up on comments here...

If you're anywhere nearby in NYC, it's never too late anytime during the day to stop in and say hi to us all.
We have just a few seats still left.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

This is just so cool!

Posted by Mike Barilone, Lawrenceville Georgia Realtor (RE/MAX Legends) almost 11 years ago

OK, That is cool and I do agree this needs to be on every flight! I was unable to get internet for 8 hours on my way to Florida, oh, what I would have done to be able to blog for 8 hours.


Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago

It is truly incredible the opportunities advanced technology has given us! Did you take the photo of the inside of the plane? I love it - it's a great shot :)


Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) almost 11 years ago

How we have changed.  Now we get to blog.  Just a month ago you couldn's listen to your IPod until you hit 10,000 feet.  Great that we are moving in the right direction.

Posted by Diane Osowiecki, Greater Nashville Real Estate (Diane O and Friends - Benchmark Realty) almost 11 years ago

Brad - Im actually sad that I didnt travel now. That is awesome to do a seat to seat chat, plus the option for internet while flying. Gives you something to do for 5 hours.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 almost 11 years ago

Well, here I am back on the plane again, leaving comments from 36,000 ft in the air.  RainCamp was awesome yesterday, now I'm headed for the WCR Meeting in Belmont tomorrow.  Gotta run, 2 days of backed up emails and only 5 hours on the plane to get caught up.  :-))

BTW -  I got some great shots and video of NYC, some really great people, The Day @RainCamp, Inman Connect and more.  I Will be posting more later when I get the chance.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Delta has wi fi too. I use their promo code deltatrygogo and it has worked for me the last 3 times I flew. It's a great way to kill time on long flights.  Looking forward to hearing about Raincamp!

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) almost 11 years ago

LOL at the airline signs! Now don't let it go to your head =P  And I love the internet on the plane! That is so awesome! I'm just wondering how much more it costs for that service. I "price shop" my airline travels.  =/

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) almost 11 years ago

Google is doing a lot of interesting stuff :) specially with the Android Market, I'm a google fan now ! :P

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) almost 11 years ago

Ray - nothing wrong with that! :-)  Hey, where ya been?  It's been a long while since we chatted, hope all is going well.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Brad, That is so cool. Having read Mike's comment that Virgin has Wi-Fi all the time, it's just that now it is free (until tomorrow), I wish for a couple of things

1) Virgin services Jacksonville (how's that for a headline?)
2) Wi-Fi should (yes, it's a basic need---not a want!) be available for free on all airlines



Posted by Barbara Jenness, St. Augustine FL Real Estate (Barbara B. Jenness, P.A. - St. Augustine, FL) almost 11 years ago

Hi Brad..Can you imagine Todd not being able to Blog for 8 Hours..that might be scary:O))

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

I have never flown Virgin American and now I have a feel for what I am missing!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 11 years ago

Sir Andersohn ! I still cant believe Virgin did this !! Totally cool indeed !

And again, it was a real pleasure to hang out again at RainCamp ! You have such a great charisma, and just know how to get people motivated !

Cheers my man !

...until the next time :o)


Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) almost 11 years ago

Sheldon - the pleasure and privilege was all mine. Thanks for being a part of our "Blogging Panel" and for hanging out with us at the VIP Luncheon. Your contributions and company are what make the events the most memorable.  Looking forward to that next time we meet again my friend.  Cheers to you and to a fantastic 2010! :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Very cool Brad! I have always wanted to blog on a plane but have never been able to.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 11 years ago

Hi Brad!  Well, I can't believe that I missed this one--what a fantastic job with customer service Virgin does, huh?!  Glad you captured that shot!  I guess you'll just have to fly Virgin everywhere you go from now on!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) almost 11 years ago

Poor people in the paperback industry!

I always hated having to turn off all electronic devices prior to takeoff. This is a great way to keep passengers occupied, quiet and content....I'll bet the cabin crews love it, too!

Posted by Leslie Helm, Real Estate For Trail Riders (Tennessee Recreational Properties) almost 11 years ago

Richard Branson & Google have always been leaders & innovators - why am I not surprised that they teamed up on GoGo?  The next frontier, Brad is to blog from orbit - which you will soon be able to do, courtesy of...Virgin Galactic.  Wonder if Branson & the G-crew will team up on that venture?  Something tells me it isn't too far off!

Let me know when you want to visit the facility - I'll be glad to be your area tour guide since I grew up nearby (and will soon be licensed in NM too).

Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) over 10 years ago

Kent - thanks for the link to Virgin Galactic, and yes, I will be the first to post on AR from outer space!  lol~  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

With all of the airlines ancillary charges these days, it would be great to offer wifi free!

Posted by Marjorie Taylor, New Homes in St. Augustine Florida (Riverside Homes) over 10 years ago

Marjorie - I totally agree.  Fat chance unfortunately.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Sounds like a lot of fun!

Posted by Crockett Keech over 10 years ago

THats about the cool-est thing since sliced bread!

Wouldnt it be fun to just BLOG about all the places we blog From....

I think there could be some humour in that!


Posted by Maria Vaill, Martinez GA, Evans GA, Grovetown GA, Fort Gordon G (ERA Sunrise Realty) over 10 years ago

Brad, this is a cool onboard post. How did you take and insert the photos while on the plane? I am drawing a blank. You would not have taken a camera and cord. What steps and products did you use?

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 10 years ago

Cheryl - I don't leave home (or go on a plane) without my camera and my iPhone.  I shot these pictures using both, emailed the photos to me from my iPhone, connected my camera to my laptop, then uploaded the photos to this post. 

Remember, I had 5 hours to kill. lol~  Piece of cake.  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago