I’m Looking Forward To Virgin America

Virgin America just announced plans to fly from Boston’s Logan Airport, my local airport. The young carrier is known for it’s in-flight amenities like leather seats, neon mood lighting, power outlets, touch-screen entertainment systems, Internet access, and leather seats. The screens can also be used for “chatting” with other passengers and ordering food; keeping the aisles free from carts.

 Just like JetBlue (which I am a fan of), Virgin offers very competitive fares compared to larger carriers like American Airlines and United.

In Forrester’s customer experience rankings of over 100 firms, Southwest Airlines ended up with a “good” rating, but the other six airlines on the list wound up with either a “poor” or “very poor” rating (note: JetBlue was not on the list due to insufficient responses). So when it comes to customer experience, the industry has a lot of opportunity to improve.

That’s why I’m looking forward to hearing what David Cush, CEO of Virgin America, has to say at Forrester’s Customer Experience Forum in New York. He recently agreed to be a keynote speaker at the event. To get a sense of Cush’s outlook, here’s an excerpt of his comments from the Virgin America website:

As a new airline, trying lots of new things, our pledge is to keep doing what’s working, stop doing what isn’t, and continue to come up with new stuff to make you say: this is how to fly.

The bottom line: There’s no excuse (except for weather) for a bad flying experience.

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I am an experience management transformist, helping organizations improve business results by engaging the hearts and minds of their customers, employees, and partners. My "job" is Head of the Qualtrics XM Institute. The Institute is still being established, but our goal is to help organizations around the world thrive by mastering Experience Management (XM). As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. Prior to joining Qualtrics, I was managing partner of Temkin Group (leading CX research, advisory, and training firm), co-founder and chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA.org), and a VP at Forrester Research. I'm a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Check out my LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/brucetemkin

2 thoughts on “I’m Looking Forward To Virgin America”

  1. My wife flew from Boston to LA in March. She was there to handle the affairs of her Father who had died of cancer. While there her doctor called and told my wife she had cancer. She asked her to return 2 days early to start testing. When my wife called to re book she was treated rudely and told it didn’t matter what her reason was. They charged her $417 to reschedule a $259.20 flight. My wife was too upset to look for a different flight. I wrote Virgin America and they said they would wave the $75 change fee “so she can book in the future. I don’t even know what that means. I would have to submit “pertinent documentation”. I am not worried about booking on Virgin America.

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