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Virgin Atlantic Celebrates Valentine’s Day With Clever Flight Patterns

There are lots of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day: send flowers to that special someone, plan a romantic dinner, sit on your bathroom floor weeping loudly with a rapidly-melting pint of ice cream in your hand – the options are nearly endless.

Virgin Atlantic Airlines might have come up with the best idea yet.

To commemorate Valentine’s Day, one of Virgin Atlantic’s planes flew in a heart-shaped pattern over the North Atlantic early this morning, and I have to say, it’s pretty damn cool.

Before you ask, no, this wasn’t a commercial flight – it would be a lot less whimsical for a plane to fly in a modified circle if there were people on it. The plane took off from England’s Gatwick Airport for a test flight, and since its original flight path was going to look kinda-sorta like a heart, the pilots and crew decided to deviate a little bit.

Some people on the ground weren’t so thrilled with the stunt:

In fairness, once Virgin explained that it was a test flight and not just a random stunt, the reaction quieted considerably.

Normally I’m very wary when brands pull some kind of stunt that seems carefully focus-grouped to ensure it goes #viral, but I’m having a hard time finding fault with this one. I’m not a pilot, but I have had jobs before (honest), and sometimes it’s worth doing something silly to break the monotony.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

[via Business Insider]

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