Virgin Atlantic has launched a festive red version of its highly collectable salt and pepper shakers in its Upper Class cabin.
The sought after items, currently onboard in silver and black are named Wilbur and Orville and are shaped like mini planes. They are so coveted they even have Pinched from Virgin Atlantic stamped onto the feet to try to discourage light fingered passengers. They’ve even been found on Ebay selling for up to £20 per pair.
Over the Christmas period, from December 21-26, the shakers will available onboard in the iconic Virgin Atlantic red. The airline is encouraging customers to pinch them and take them home to sit pride of place on the Christmas dinner table or gifted to that aviation enthusiast relative.
Mr. Mark Anderson, Executive Vice President Customer at Virgin Atlantic commented: “When we launched Wilbur and Orville over 15 years ago, we had no idea they’d become so iconic and loved by our customers. Although our cabin crew keep a close eye on them, thousands have been pinched over the years as customers like to take home a special memento of their Virgin Atlantic flight. This Christmas we’re shaking things up by introducing limited edition red sets of Wilbur and Orville on all flights, and expect to see them fly off the planes.”
Virgin Atlantic prides itself on the bespoke design of its onboard offerings making everything onboard look and feel uniquely Virgin. Therefore it’s no surprise that customers like to take home a memento of their flight.
Top pinched items from Virgin Atlantic:
- Wilbur and Orville salt and pepper shakers
- Mugs in Upper Class and Premium Economy
- Blankets from all cabins
- Noble Isle hand wash and hand cream from the bathrooms
- Safety cards
- Sick bags