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Title Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 GV Birthday Girl Model Airplane
Date 2014
Collection Virgin Atlantic Airways Collection
Object Name Model
Catalog Number 2014.25.2
Description Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 GV Birthday Girl plastic model airplane with wood and metal base. 1:100 scale. Virgin Atlantic livery developed in 2010, of red metallic, purple metalic, silver mica, white, gray and black.

Features the Birthday Girl special version of Virgin Atlantic's flying lady nose art developed for the airline's first Boeing 787 and the airline's 30th anniversary. She is standing upright, one hand on hip and other holding high a large champagne coupe glass, and for the first time ever, you see the flying lady''s face straight on.
Artist/Maker Pacific Miniatures (Pac Min)
Artist 2/Maker 2 Dyer, John
Provenance The "stretched" Boeing 787-9 had more seats - 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium Economy and 198 Economy - and a longer range than the original 787-8 Dreamliner. Virgin Atlantic was the first European airline to fly the 787-9. The inaugural flight was on October 28, 2014, from London-Heathrow to Boston.

The name "Birthday Girl" celebrated Virgin Atlantic's 30th anniversary and its first Boeing 787. In a 2016 post on the Virgin Atlantic blog: Nina Jenkins, brand design team leader, described the Birthday Girl special version of the flying lady nose art: “Hovering upright, she raises a super-sized champagne coupe and celebrates being Birthday Girl,” Jenkins explains, referencing the name of the new plane. “This was a particularly challenging special edition because, for the first time ever, we see her face straight on. This version was a collaboration between our Brand Design team and illustrator John Dyer.”
Search Terms Boeing 787-9
Boeing 787
Virgin Atlantic Airways
United Kingdom
Subjects Model airplanes
Codeshare agreements
Transatlantic travel
International flights
Champagne (Wine)
Credit line Gift of Virgin Group