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Five new Virgin Atlantic aircraft ‘icons’ revealed

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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 Red Velvet

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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How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, one has a bonus of 15,000 Points):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

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Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

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You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

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