About two years ago, fellow golf writer Michael Patrick Shiels and I had the pleasure of flying across the pond from Newark to London in Virgin Atlantic airway’s Upper Class, thanks to a very generous upgrade from the airline’s friendly marketing department – we don’t usually drop several thousand dollars on a flight.
We were headed over to play golf in Scotland, but the flight itself turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip. Virgin recalls the glory days of air travel with an actual bar, one you can sit at, in the two-level Upper Class section at the front of its 747s. So as soon as the seatbelt lights went off, Michael and I visited the bar, sat down and ordered gin and tonics, and mesmerized by both the cocktails and the very attractive bartendress, proceeded to waste the entire flight at the bar. It felt like it had been 10 minutes, and we were shocked when the pilot announced our descent into London.
I have to say, it is a very James Bond way to fly.
So it came as no surprise to me that the Australian, Daily Telegraph and USA Today all ran stories today about the results of a survey by a business travel industry group, proclaiming Virgin Atlantic’s flight attendants the most attractive in the sky.
Of the 1000 travelers surveyed, more than half (53%) cast their votes for the one airline, which is really very impressive – as is this commercial from Virgin Atlantic capitalizing on what it calls the “Red Hotties.”
Just in case you are teeing it up somewhere VA does not fly, Singapore Airlines’ cabin crew came in a distant second, with 18% of votes, while the rest of the Top 10 was rounded out (in order) by Etihad, Emirates, Aer Lingus, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific, TAP, KLM and Iberia.
It’s worth noting that not a single US airline made the cut.