Virgin Atlantic is taking Valentine’s Day to new heights – by drawing a giant love heart over British skies. Proving that love really is in the air, Virgin Atlantic flight VS850P departed London Gatwick on February 14th and mapped out a heart shape as it travelled over the South West coast of England. Virgin Atlantic had to submit a special request to NATS (National Air Traffic Services) to fly this unique shape over British air space as part of a training flight.
The flight was operated by an Airbus A330 called ‘HonkyTonk Woman’, and departed London Gatwick at 11am yesterday. Aviation lovers were able to follow its progress by searching the Flightradar24 app for flight VS850P.
Captain JJ Burrows, director, aircraft operations for Virgin Atlantic said,“We had a training flight planned for February 14th, and when we realised it was Valentine’s Day we decided to have a little fun. Our special heart shaped flight took off from London Gatwick, travelling across the south of England and over the Cornish coast to form a heart shape at around 30,000 ft. We hope people will track the flight’s progress via apps such as Flightradar – looking for flight VS850P.”