Have you seen the new Virgin Airlines 25th anniversary advert?
It is a celebration of 25 years in the business, and ends with the tag line, “Still red hot”. The advert is a 90 second message which is essentially saying, “Come and fly with us, because you will definitely want to have sex with all of the the air hostesses, and you women passengers will want to shag the pilots.”
I suppose it’s true that sex sells, so I should not be surprised. But personally I think it is false advertising. I flew to Barbados with Virgin last summer, and there were some right dogs serving the drinks. I was in cattle class, admittedly, but still. They were still very good at their jobs, don’t get me wrong. I just didn’t want to have sex with them. I do not know if they wanted to have sex with me, it never came up.
Virgin are setting themselves up for a fall with this campaign. How many horny travellers will pay that little extra to fly Virgin only to find themselves being served peanuts by Anne Widdecombe’s ugly sister? Of course, there are people who like that sort of thing, and pay good money for it, but why travel across the Atlantic to get fed by ten ton Tess? There lots of websites and private members clubs you can visit if you are into ugly fatties. Probably.
Anyway, if you happen to work for Virgin, and look like the cabin crew in the video, feel free to get in touch to correct me.