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Virgin America pays tribute to Steve Jobs with jet name

Silicon Valley-based airline company Virgin America adds "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish" plane to its fleet.

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The "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish" aircraft entered Virgin America's fleet late last fall. Virgin America

As the first airline company to offer fleet-wide Wi-Fi and the only one based in Silicon Valley, it seems natural that Virgin America would name a jet after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

The plane, which first flew late last year, is an Airbus A320 and has the popular Jobs' quote "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish" stenciled on its nose.

"The 'Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish' aircraft name was actually submitted as a tribute to Mr. Jobs by one of our employees in an internal plane naming competition," Virgin America spokesperson Abby Lunardini told CNET.

"The idea behind Virgin America was to reinvent the travel experience by thinking differently about design and service--we are known for the tech-forward amenities we offer onboard," Lunardini said.

Besides fleet-wide Wi-Fi, Virgin America's new airplanes also have touch-screen entertainment and power outlets at every seat. Sometime within the next few months, their planes will also offer Gogo's next-generation ATG-4 service, which will increase Wi-Fi capacity by nearly four times the current performance.