Posts Tagged ‘Richard Branson’

Virgin Atlantic turns 25

February 7, 2009

I like these outfits. And while I know and appreciate that there has been much feminist activism around flight attendant uniforms and don’t think the short short skirts were appropriate, I have to say after perusing some of them, they were pretty hot!

From Virgin founder Richard Branson’s blog, where he writes:

Who’d have thought 25 years ago that Virgin Atlantic would be the leading airline player it is today?

The inaugural flight, VS1 from Gatwick to Newark, New Jersey on 22nd June 1984, was a miracle in itself having been planned in just a few weeks.

Now, we use 38 aircraft to fly six million people a year to 30 destinations around the world.

Our 9,000 staff have built an airline that, after 25 years, is still red hot; an airline that focuses on being the best, not the biggest, and injects customer service and innovation into its daily philosophy.

We thank you for your support over our last 25 years and look forward to celebrating the next 25 with you on board soon.

How Richard Branson joined The Mile High Club

November 11, 2008

Head of Virgin Atlantic Richard Branson on how he joined the Mile High Club:

“I was sitting in economy on a Freddie Laker flight, next to this very attractive lady, as we headed to Los Angeles,” said the boss of Virgin Atlantic.

“We got chatting and it went a bit further. And it was every man’s dream, to be honest. I was about 19,” the tycoon boasted.

“I remember getting off the plane and she turned to me and said, ‘Look, it’s slightly embarrassing but I am meeting my husband at arrivals, would you mind holding back a bit.’ But it was a memorable flight.

“The problem with plane loos generally is that they are very small, and the acrobatics can’t take too long because there’s no room and people start banging on the door,” Branson explained.

“What I remember vividly is seeing four handprints on the mirror as we finished, and thinking I’d better wipe them off.”

Branson’s Virgin airline has made no bones about using sex to sell seats. It has used slogans including “Hello gorgeous,” “Love at first flight,” “You never forget your first time,” “More experience than the name suggests,” and “Extra inches where it counts.”