Virgin Atlantic is celebrating two famous women on International Women’s Day by naming two of their state-of-the-art aircraft in their honor.
« Lady Emmeline » will pay homage to the founder of the suffragette movement and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.
As Chair of the WSPU, Pankhurst’s political campaign helped ensure women in Britain were given the right to vote at the turn of the century.
All donations received on board Lady Emmeline will be distributed to a selection of women’s charities when the aircraft goes into service next year.
The Airbus A350, registered as G-VLIB, is scheduled to begin its flight in April 2022 and operate on a number of the airline’s leisure routes to take vacationers to destinations such as Orlando, Antigua and Barbados.
A second A350 named « Fearless Lady » is registered as G-VEVE to celebrate the mother of the airline’s founder, Richard Branson, after she passed away in January.
Eve has been described as an “entrepreneur before the word” and led a colorful life, enrolling in WRENS during World War II, taking stealthy gliding lessons as a boy and as a pioneering stewardess on the treacherous routes of the British South American Airways worked.
More recently, she founded the Eve Branson Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of women and young girls in the Atlas Mountains and to provide education and health care to those in need.
Estelle Hollingsworth, Virgin Atlantic Chief People Officer, commented, « We are delighted to celebrate two fearless women on International Women’s Day.
» Having their names emblazoned on the side of our planes will be a lasting one Be reminded of their spirit and determination to drive positive change that encompassed these two exceptional women. «
» We focus on being a fair, diverse, and inclusive employer that attracts the best talent regardless of gender.
« We are committed to creating an environment in which women can thrive in the workplace by ensuring we are gender balanced in leadership roles and by creating a framework in which future talent can thrive . «
Recently the airline updated its famous Flying Ladies, who had adorned the side of their planes with flying icons .
The new high-flyers include a multitude of men and women who represent modern Britain and can be seen across the airline’s entire Airbus A350 fleet.
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