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All I can picture is Bridget Jones as I think of people across the world glum on their own birthday. No one to celebrate with, no joy. Until of course some strangers show up with booze, flowers, chocolate and cheer to make a fairy tale hollywood ending. In this case, it’s actually a fairytale New York and London ending. In the great circle of life at 30,000 feet there are ends and there are glorious beginnings. Virgin Atlantic’s first Dreamliner, registered G-VNEW and affectionately referred to as “Birthday Girl” celebrated her first today and she decided to throw surprise parties for anyone else sharing the special day…

If you live in New York or London and celebrated your birthday today without letting Virgin Atlantic know you missed out. To celebrate their Dreamliner “Birthday Girl’s” first birthday the airline dispatched a team of cheerful flight crew armed with champagne, chocolates and other birthday goodies to surprise people on their big day. All you had to do was tweet the airline letting them know it was your birthday using #787surprises. Social media has been abuzz with genuinely heart warming and fun pictures of people at home on street corners and all around the cities being greeted by sharply dressed cabin crew. You know you’ve got a good friend when they bring an expensive bottle of champagne over for your birthday!

I truly love the ingenuity of this. Having flown the Dreamliner, I found the modern plane experience to be a reason worth chasing and at a year old, many are still very young. What a fantastic way for Virgin Atlantic to celebrate this milestone for the future of their fleet while bringing joy to those all around, whether they needed it or not. We all love a bit of bubbly with a smile, especially on our birthday….

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