Virgin Atlantic (VS/VIR) has unveiled its new “Flying Icon” nose art on its brand new Airbus A350-1000XWB G-VLUX ‘Red Velvet’.
Virgin aircraft have always carried the companies famous Flying Lady which is based on the pin-up girls made famous in the 1930s and 1940s by Peruvian artist Alberto Vargas.
The new Flying Icons are designed to be more diverse and will feature men and women.
G-VLUX is the first aircraft to receive the new style nose-art but the rest will be rolled out as more A350’s come online.
Speaking when Virgin first unveiled the Flying Icons Nikki Humphrey, senior vice president of people at Virgin Atlantic, said “We have been working for a number of years to tackle our gender pay gap, create an inclusive workplace and increase the diversity of our workforce, through the development of our Springboard scheme for women, as well as the launch of engineering apprenticeships. By introducing our new Flying Icons I hope it encourages people from all backgrounds to feel at home flying with us but also working with us.”