Virgin Atlantic Airways today announced that, as football fever grips
Europe and especially England, the airline will be helping passengers to keep up to date with the scores and catch
up on the highlights of Euro 2004. For passengers who will be flying during
the England matches the Virgin pilots will be announcing the scores onboard during
the flight and ten minute highlights of the previous day's matches will be shown
over the inflight entertainment system at the beginning of each flight.
If Upper Class passengers want to calm any pre-match nerves or re-enact any of
the best Euro 2004 moments they can play table football, which will be provided in
both the Gatwick and Heathrow Clubhouses. On the days of England's matches,
in the Heathrow Clubhouse, passengers can enjoy traditional English sandwiches
or try out the traditional sandwiches of England's football opponents. Passengers
in the Gatwick Clubhouse can enjoy a hearty 'Three Lions' breakfast.
Onboard Virgin Atlantic will also be giving all passengers chocolate footballs and
holding football trivia competitions with limited edition football memorabilia for
adults and goody bags for children as prizes.
Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Atlantic Airways, said:
"Broadcasting the Euro 2004 highlights onboard means that passengers
travelling with us over this period needn't miss out on the excitement of what
promises to be a fantastic competition."
Each Virgin Atlantic passenger has their own seat-back television screen which
means that those who are not football crazy can watch up to 200 hours of video
and audio programming.