Find Wally on Virgin
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the publication of British picture book “Where’s Wally?,” Virgin Atlantic has launched a special Boeing 747 jet designed with an illustration of the title character.
Dressed in his famous red-and-white striped shirt and bobble hat, the adventurous global traveler is pictured next to the airline’s “Flying Lady.” Fans of the cartoon as well as airplanes will find the aircraft for a year on Virgin’s refit 747 called Barbarella as it flies between the U.K., U.S. and the Caribbean.
Even company President Richard Branson got in on the act and dressed up as Wally and his message can be found on YouTube.
The inaugural Wally flight took off March 5 from London Gatwick to St. Lucia. Passengers on board received special “Where’s Wally?” goods, including masks and books.
For more information, visit www.virginatlantic.co.jp .
Rhone wines on Cathay
Cathay Pacific Airways has announced its latest wine promotion, which features a selection of wines from France’s Rhone Valley.
From March 1 , the airline’s regular business-class wines will be complemented by a specially selected quartet of Rhône Valley wines. The promotional wines will be served to business-class passengers on long-haul and Middle East flights for the next three months.
The four French wines will be served on rotation, so passengers will be able to enjoy one of the promotional wines alongside the regular selection during the promotion period. The featured wines are Delas, St-Joseph Les Challeys 2011; Caves St.-Pierre, Crozes-Hermitage 2011; Domaine Mas du Bouquet, Vacqueyras 2010; and Ogier, Rasteau Helianthe 2011.
The wines were carefully selected by Cathay Pacific’s guest wine consultant, Yvonne Cheung, director of wine for Swire Hotels Hong Kong, in conjunction with the airline’s regular wine selection panel.
For more information, visit www.cathaypacific.com .
Jetstar to Matsuyama
Jetstar Japan has announced that it will expand its domestic services to Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, from June 11.
This is the first LCC service to Shikoku. The route allows the airline to offer visitors from abroad or in Japan a chance to visit the island region known for its many sightseeing resources, including hot springs and natural scenery. Jetstar Japan currently has domestic service to Oita and Kagoshima.
The service will be offered until Oct. 26, the last day of the summer schedule.
For more information, visit www.jetstar.com/jp/ja/home .