As we gear up for the launch of the new Virgin Atlantic Upper Class seat next Monday, Virgin has rolled out five new “Flying Icons” to adorn its new A350-1000 fleet. These will replace the traditional Flying Lady image.
The icons, covering a mix of genders, races and orientations, are designed to be more representative of modern Britain and will be rolled out on four new A350-1000 aircraft this year, followed by a further eight by 2021.
Virgin Atlantic’s original use of the Flying Lady was inspired by the figureheads that have traditionally decorated ships. The original design was apparently based on Alberto Vargas’s images of pin up girls from the 1930s and 1940s.
Here is a mocked up image, click to enlarge, on an aircraft to be named Red Velvet. You can see all five new icons in this 15-second YouTube video.
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