Virgin Atlantic has today unveiled a sky high ‘thank you’ to its 9,000 people around the world – via a special edition livery and Flying Lady.
G-VNAP, better known as ‘Sleeping Beauty’, underwent hours of paint work to reveal a new headturning design featuring a 7-foot by 152-foot message exclaiming ‘a big Virgin Atlantic thank you’ along the length of the fuselage. It also features a limited edition upright version of the ‘Flying Lady’, a design first seen on ‘Birthday Girl’, the airlines’ first Boeing 787 Dreamliner which entered the fleet in 2015.
‘Sleeping Beauty’ joins an exclusive list of Virgin Atlantic aircraft that have featured a unique livery, including ‘Austin Powered’, ‘Spice One’, ‘Lady Penelope’, ‘Birthday Girl’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Queen of the Cobbles’, ‘Golden Girl’ and ‘Where’s Wally’.
Craig Kreeger, CEO of Virgin Atlantic said “The people of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays have made our business and our brand what it is today. They’re both our magic ingredient and our greatest strength.
We wanted to take the opportunity to do something special with this aircraft to recognise all the hard work that goes on day in and day out across Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays, so the ‘big Virgin Atlantic thank you’ message is for every one of our 9,000 people.
Paired with the special edition of our iconic Flying Lady, we hope we’ve created something our people can feel proud of, which is also eye catching and fun for our customers.”
The newly designed Airbus A340-600 aircraft will be used during peak travel periods to ensure Virgin Atlantic can always offer a reliable, on time service to customers.
It features the airline’s signature three-cabin layout of Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class, alongside its award-winning inflight entertainment system Vera with over 400 hours of films, TV shows, music, and games. There will be 308 seats in total – 225 Economy, 38 Premium Economy and 45 Upper Class.