Rudolph the Red Nosed Plane-Deer

By: Maxine Sheppard

December 21, 2013

Santa Claus got a helping hand getting his sleigh off the ground today, with a slightly speedier alternative to his usual reindeers – towed behind a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 aircraft. His helpers loaded the hold with thousands of presents and hitched his heavily-laden sleigh to the back of the plane at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex.

A traditional Christmas dinner

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As well as helping Santa with his very important deliveries, we’ll be offering passengers a traditional Christmas dinner on flights to and from the UK on 24th, 25th and 26th December. Passengers travelling in Upper Class will also experience a little bit of Winter Wonderland with a themed afternoon tea service including Christmas marshmallow snowballs, Winter fondant fancy cakes and “˜Santawiches’ full of festive treats such as turkey and stuffing or Cranberry and Brie with pear and date chutney. Passengers travelling in Economy and Premium Economy from the UK will receive a special Lindt Chocolate Santa or Reindeer to follow on from their main meal. And we’ll save one for Santa too.



For more information about flying with us, read all about the Virgin Experience – or just go ahead and book your flight today.


Maxine Sheppard

Maxine is the co-editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.