Wing walking in St Nicholas Street

To mark the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s new UK domestic service ‘Little Red’ from Aberdeen to London, connecting to Virgin Atlantic’s long-haul flights around the world, the airline gave the general public the opportunity to experience what life is like 30,000 feet up, down under!

A stunning piece of 3D street art in St Nicholas Street in Aberdeen city centre saw shoppers emulate Sir Richard Branson’s trademark celebration by seemingly teetering on the edge of a plane wing, aided by Virgin Atlantic Airways’ famously glamorous cabin crew, who were on hand to ensure the event had that inimitable Virgin Atlantic Airways style.


The artwork, commissioned especially from world-renowned street artists 3D Joe and Max, featured a glorious scene of Sydney Harbour including the world famous Sydney Opera House and a rather familiar looking koala bear. Sydney is just one of Virgin Atlantic’s many long-haul destinations which fliers from Aberdeen can now connect to using the Virgin Atlantic Little Red domestic service. For the first time ever, passengers from Aberdeen will start their Virgin experience as soon as they leave their house, rather than waiting until they hit London.

Bringing a splash of red to the skies of Scotland, Richard’s Little Red service is now offering three daily round-trips between Aberdeen and London Heathrow in addition to new domestic routes from Heathrow to Edinburgh and Manchester.

As well as giving Aberdeen fliers added choice and great value, Little Red will be offering a taste of the customer service Virgin Atlantic is world-renowned for with free 23kg luggage check-ins, pre-assigned seats, complimentary snacks and drinks and even hot breakfasts on early morning flights.

Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Atlanticfounder and president, said: “I’ve stood on many aircraft wings and I’m delighted to be able to share this experience in such a fun way with people in Aberdeen. Virgin Atlantic has been on an incredible journey since we started with a single plane 29 years ago. Little Red represents the next step on that journey as we bring competition back to these domestic flights, delivering Virgin Atlantic’s rock-and-roll spirit as well as real value for money.”

The schedule of the new flights is timed to maximise connections for passengers travelling onwards from London across Virgin Atlantic’s global network. Little Red flights will operate to and from Heathrow Terminal 1 but will have excellent connections with Virgin Atlantic’s international flights from Terminal 3. There will also be a 6:35am flight from Aberdeen to serve business fliers reaching morning meetings in London.

The new chapter in Virgin Atlantic’s history will see an increased capacity on the routes previously operated by bmi, flying almost one million passengers domestically on four Airbus A320 aircraft in the distinct Virgin colours with region-specific names chosen by lucky local competition winners.

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