Last year, Virgin America introduced the “Nerdbird,” acknowledging its heavy tech following among flyers between San Francisco, Boston, and other technology-centric locations. Now, in perhaps our favorite Cyber Monday sales, Virgin America is offering the ultimate “geek-sweet ride” on the Nerdbird—a chance to charter the aircraft to next year's 2013 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas Jan. 8-11. The airline is teaming up with Gilt City to offer a "nerdbird for hire" charter flight.
The chartered flight will allow one purchaser up to 136 friends, fans or team members onboard the #nerdbird—a Virgin America Airbus A320 commercial jet headed to CES. The purchaser gets the ability to custom brand the exterior of his or her ride for the month of CES.
The company gets inquiries every year from local tech companies and entrepreneurs asking to charter aircraft to head to CES, said Luanne Calvert, vice president of marketing at Virgin America.
“So we thought it would be fun to answer the call and work with Gilt City to create the ultimate geek gift," Calvert said in a release. "Plus, if being the first airline to offer fleetwide WiFi and having an entertainment platform that runs off LINUX isn't evidence enough, we're kind of geeks ourselves."
The flight was already purchased for $49,000, but there is a waitlist.