Virgin America Names Jet After Steve Jobs

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Virgin America has named one of its fleet after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, emblazoning a popular Jobs quote "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish" on the side of this Airbus A320.

    Steve mentioned the phrase in his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, noting that it was originally used in The Whole Earth Catalog in the 1970's:
    A Virgin America spokesperson explained to MacRumors that the name was chosen as part of an internal plane naming competition. The plane, with tail number N845VA, first flew last fall.

    Virgin America is the only airline based in Silicon Valley, with 2,200 employees based in Burlingame.

    (Photo courtesy Virgin America)

    Article Link: Virgin America Names Jet After Steve Jobs
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
  3. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    I'm not sure I would say this is named after Steve Jobs... it's not even his quote originally.
  4. Tiger8 macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    Nice tribute...

    On this note, Virgin America ROCKS! Other carriers are lucky Virgin America has limited destinations...
  5. Dragonforce macrumors 6502a


    Apr 9, 2008
    London (Ealing) UK
    Just a measly A320...

    How about a Dreamliner, a 747 or even an A380?
  6. greenythebeast macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2008
    Hey now...don't hate on the A320 =P Great aircraft.
  7. kingtj macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2003
    Brunswick, MD
    re: A380

    Isn't the A380 the one that keeps having problems with the connectors cracking that hold its wings on? Yeah, that could become a huge embarrassment if IT had a tribute to Jobs on it and then had a structural failure due to design flaws.

  8. Bubba Satori Suspended

    Bubba Satori

    Feb 15, 2008
    Virgin America jumps the shark.
    Cult film at 11.
    I wonder when Apple will sue them?
  9. termite macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2003
    Burlingame is in the Silicon Valley? Did I miss a really big earthquake?
  10. Colpeas, Jan 23, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2012

    Colpeas macrumors 6502


    Sep 30, 2011
    Prague, Czech Rep.
    Mmm, I would rather see some kind of "Clipper Steve Jobs", instead of quoting him on a fuselage. Also I am not quite sure, if "stay hungry stay foolish" is originally his quote... One way or another, it's a pretty huge tribute for a CEO
  11. FrizzleFryBen macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Something about "Stay Foolish" on the side of an airline that would make me nervous.

    Maybe they can quote Dennis Leary, "Folks, this is your Captain speaking. Look, uhm, light 'em up, 'cause we're going down, okay. I got a carton of Camel non-filters, I'll see you on the ground."
  12. fabian9 macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2007
    Bristol, UK
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    It's not technically the "connectors" that hold the wings on, it's L-brackets that join the wing surface to the rips.

    Normal teething problems for a huge technical achievement...
  13. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    I don't know, an A320 sounds pretty powerful, I mean the iPhone 4S only has an A5, so it must have 64 times the power of that... the thing must fly. :D
  14. SteveW928 macrumors 68000


    May 28, 2010
    Victoria, B.C. Canada
    No kidding! I'm a big fan of Steve, and he was a very smart person. But, using any reasonable definition of 'foolish' makes this, well, a rather foolish statement.
  15. LarryC macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2002
    North America
    I'm sorry, but this just seems to be a bit too much. Why don't we carve his image into Mount Rushmore, Put his image on our currency, make his birthday a national holiday. Good lord! He was a great sales and marketing guy, it isn't as though he cured diseases, raised the dead and walked on water, for God's sake!

    He didn't even invent the personal computer. And yet people act as though he was the most important person who ever lived. I just don't get it. And I would bet that if Steve Jobs were here to see and hear these things he wouldn't get it either.
  16. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I think it's a nice, fairly tangential reference to Steve Jobs. I hope Virgin America starts coming to some smaller hubs. I'm a very anxious flier, and I've heard their cabins are the nicest for domestic (US) travel.
  17. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    And they charge extra for the pleasure. (The 'foolish' part.)
  18. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    It's not like Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt (images on Mount Rushmore), Franklin, Hamilton, Grant (people on currency not already listed,) MLKJ, or Columbus (people who have federal holidays named after them,) cured disease, raised the dead, or walked on water, and yet they do have currency marked with their image, or statues of them carved into mountainsides, or had their birthday made into a holiday.

    Jobs was a modern Einstein, Edison, or Disney, the kind of guy who love him or not, changed the world. Many looked up to him. He was probably my #1 role model outside my family. I'll probably look for my own little ways of memorializing him throughout my life.

    Oh, and FYI, between the (RED) and breast cancer aware-pink products he probably did more to cure disease than many of the people who I listed in my first paragraph (I could be mistaken though... I'm not too terribly familiar with all of their life accomplishments.)
  19. wilycoder macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2008
  20. AriX macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2007
    My interpretation, from reading this article, was that the plane is internally named "Steve Jobs" or something of the sort, and the quote was added as an extra tribute.
  21. rei101 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    Wait, one island at a time... :rolleyes:
  22. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.

    Agree, they are better planes than the boeing 737, horrible unstable planes.

    As if boeing never has/had any problems, they already solved those problems in the new A380's and is not a big problem in the existing planes.

    Why not just put the name of Steve on it instead of a quote which wasn't even his?
  23. applegigs macrumors member


    Oct 19, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    That's cool!

    I was on a flight from Copenhagen to Vienna a few weeks ago, and on the side next to the door of a A320 there was a tribute to Freddie Mercury. [​IMG]
  24. interrobang macrumors 6502

    May 25, 2011
    Is it actually named the Steve Jobs, or did they just put the quote on the side?

    I'd be rather annoyed if some corporation I had no connection with used my name on something after I died. Even if it was to "honor" me. Well, I'd be annoyed if I wasn't dead, anyway.

    Fortunately, I'm never going to be famous, so it's not something I worry about.
  25. Schizoid macrumors 6502a


    May 29, 2008
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    They've also got a helicopter saying "I love FCPX" and an A380 saying "where's my new f@&?ing Mac Pro!"

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