Virgin America offers new service to help you network using LinkedIn

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Virgin America thinks you might want to network at 35,000 feet.

Maybe you’re trying to get that awesome new job, and you think another passenger in your same industry can help you. Or perhaps you’re trying to close a sale, and you think someone else on the flight might help you do it.

If you think you might be in one of those scenarios, you’re in luck. Virgin is teaming with Here On Biz, a networking app popular with entrepreneurs. Basically, you download the app, and it will tell you if you have any Linkedin connections on the flight. If you do, you can go chat them up. There’s a fee for internet on Virgin, but you’ll be able to access the Here on Biz app for free through July.

“When we surveyed our business travelers, we were surprised to learn that the ability to connect with other Virgin America travelers in-flight or en route to a destination was a frequent request,” Luanne Calvert, Virgin America’s Chief Marketing Officer, said in a statement. “Given our home in Silicon Valley and network of tech-focused cities as well as the fact that our guests often choose us because they need to stay connected via our fleetwide WiFi, it makes sense.  The best business connections often happen unexpectedly, and we’ve heard many stories of partnerships and start-up ideas being born on our flights.”

Here’s what Virgin says you need to do to make it all work.

1. Download the new Here On Biz iOS app from the mobile app store before your flight.

2. Register a new account using your LinkedIn profile.

3. By the end of February, passengers can start connecting when they log in at a gate or onboard at 35,000 feet via Gogo on Virgin America. App users will be able to connect with other Virgin America guests traveling on their particular flight, other travelers on any Virgin America aircraft currently airborne, or fellow Virgin America guests at their destination.

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