One of the (minor) criteria I use to judge the quality of an airline is the chess program provided as part of the in-flight entertainment. For the last 7 or so years I've usually seen a totally woeful program the seems to be standard on Lauda/Lufthansa/Air France etc. For my trip to Hong Kong I flew Virgin Atlantic (no freebees for me for this plug btw) and found they had a different chess program. Even better, the first game I played against it (when I was still awake), went for about 50 moves, even though it began 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Ne4? I played 3.d4, won an early pawn but still had to work to grind it down. All very promising.
That was until I decided to get in a quick game before the plane landed. The second game took place about 8 hours into the flight and I was feeling quite tired. Still, it was pretty ugly (for the program).
Me v Airline Chess Program
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Ne4 3.d3 Nc5 4.d4 Ne6 5.Nf3 d6 6.d5 Nc5 7.Nc3 dxe5 8.Nxe5 Nbd7 9.Bb5 h6 10.Qf3 Ne6 11.Qxf7#
Just for good measure I repeated the game on the return flight.
Nonetheless it still stands up better than the program I previously played. In fact during one game (in 2002 or so) I caused the dreaded "Blue Screen of Death" to appear, and knowing the viral nature of Microsoft products I assumed that the aircrafts avionics were the next to go, with the plane plunging 10,000 metres into the ocean below.