Paul Windle Design unveils Virgin Atlantic collaboration

Firm's creative art studio teams with airline to create new 'Birthday Girl' flying lady illustration.
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Paul Windle Design has been working with Virgin Atlantic to help adorn its new Boeing 787-9 aircraft with a special 'Birthday Girl' flying lady illustration.

The first Virgin Atlantic Dreamliner has been named Birthday Girl in celebration of the 30 years since the airline's inaugural flight across the Atlantic.

The flying lady dates back to the first Virgin Atlantic livery in 1984. Paul Windle Design has created a new special edition, reflecting Virgin Atlantic's unique style and flair. Designed exclusively as a one-off for the first Boeing 787-9 in the fleet, for the first time ever, the whole face of the flying lady is revealed as she is seen hovering upright and facing the viewer.

"It was an honour to be asked by the design team at Virgin Atlantic to illustrate this distinctive red head," said John Dyer, director and senior artist at Paul Windle Design. "We loved the challenge of evolving this iconic character into her new celebratory pose, raising a champagne coupe with her face turned forwards for once.

"It was a proud moment to see the finished results when Birthday Girl was revealed at her inaugural flight. Seeing her take to the skies flying the flag for this iconic British brand is something dreams are made of."


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