Georgia: British airline Virgin Atlantic has named a plane after Queen Elizabeth II to honour the late monarch and her 70-year reign in the UK, CNN reported on Tuesday. Repurposing its phrase name in honour of the late British Queen, the airline's brand new Airbus A330neo has been dubbed 'Queen of the Skies'.
This is not the first time airlines are doing something like this. Previously as well, the airline has occasionally named its planes after notable women in history, including British suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, singer Billie Holiday and Diana, Princess of Wales.
"We're delighted to soon be welcoming 'Queen of the Skies' to our fleet and hope that it serves as a fitting tribute to an unforgettable, much-loved monarch," CNN quoted Corneel Koster, chief customer and operations officer at Virgin Atlantic as saying.
Queen Elizabeth, who died in September last visited more than 120 countries during her reign. In 2019, the A330neo was delivered amid great excitement. Long, narrow wings on wide-body aircraft reduce air drag and result in fuel savings.
The design of 'Queen of the Skies', is painted with an image of a redheaded woman wearing a dress in Virgin's trademark red shade.