Virgin America is paying tribute to Steve Jobs by naming their Airbus A320 after him with a quote on the side. The Virgin America Airbus plane is stamped with the famous Steve Jobs line, “stay hungry, stay foolish,” which was from his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University.
“Stay hungry, Stay foolish” Airbus name was submitted as a tribute to Steve Jobs by one of the Virgin America employees in an internal plane naming competition in Fall of 2011. The Virgin America Airbus plane had entered service late last year of 2011.
Virgin America is the only Silicon Valley-based airline. Abby Lunardini said, “Virgin America is known for tech-forward amenities we offer onboard. We were the first carrier to offer fleetwide Wi-Fi in May 2009, and recently unveiled a new in-flight entertainment system, due for a late 2012 consumer release.”
This isn’t the first for Virgin America to name their plane. Virgin America also has planes with such names as: “the 1-year-old virgin,” “let there be flight,” “Virgin & Tonic,” Air Colbert,” “my other ride is a spaceship,” Arnold,” “#nerdbird,” “Superfly,” and now “stay hungry, stay foolish.”
As for Steve Jobs, he’s been getting all sorts of tributes by different companies that idolized him. A Chinese company called In Icons made a lifelike Steve Jobs action figure that looked so real it was almost creepy. The Chinese company was forced to stop production and wasn’t allowed to sell any because of threat of legal action from Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).
There’s also been comic book about Steve Jobs. One about his career called, “Steve Jobs: Founder of Apple,” which was published by Bluewater Productions. Another comic book from Forbes about Steve Jobs is called “The Zen of Steve Jobs” and it’s about Steve Jobs and his friendship with Zen priest Kobun Chino Otogawa.
Watch Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Address: