Virgin Atlantic recently unveiled its first “diverse” flying lady logo. The airline announced in April that its original pin-up, firmly out of fashion in her risque garb, would be replaced with men and women “representing modern Britain”.
And so, leaping off the side of its new Airbus A350, is an icon of a black woman holding a Union Jack. The plane, named Red Velvet, is the first of 12 new aircraft to be unveiled by Virgin – which has clearly gone back to the drawing board since it first released sketches of the new figureheads earlier this year.
In the initial images, the characters were dressed in skimpy red leotards – but this flying lady looks more demure in a ruffled white blouse and high-waist.