SAAB900 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 483 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9462 times:
Lady Penelope is from the 1960's tv series Thunderbirds by Gerry Anderson. You must have heard of Thunderbirds? It was re-made into a film a few years ago! Tubular Belle is I think a play on words, Tubular Bells was a very famous album by Mick Oldfield who I'm not sure might have been signed to Mr Bransons Virgin record label? Mustang Sally is from the film The Commitments!
Hope this helps?
ViveAF From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 198 posts, RR: 9 Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9431 times:
Quoting SAAB900 (Reply 1): Tubular Belle is I think a play on words, Tubular Bells was a very famous album by Mick Oldfield who I'm not sure might have been signed to Mr Bransons Virgin record label?
and also, perhaps, at the same time, a nod to a hero of Sir Richard Branson's, namely Sir Freddie Laker RIP, whose DC10s operated on the SkyTrain flights with similar names - I remember seeing 'Canterbury Belle' for one..
maybe someone can recall others?
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8359 posts, RR: 11 Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9214 times:
Quoting SAAB900 (Reply 1): Mustang Sally is from the film The Commitments!
Mustang Sally might have been introduced to a new generation by The Commitments but the original song is much older. It was recorded by Mack Rice in 1965 but gained greater polularity when covered by Wilson Pickett in the following year. You might remember that Mr. Pickett was mentioned several times in the film and was supposedly in the limo at the end.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
MCO2BRS From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 531 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8681 times:
Below is a link listing all names of the current fleet. An interesting note is that G-VFAB known as Lady Penelope (from Thunderbirds TV show) was renamed Spice One by The Spice Girls in "honour" of their reunion this month.
Tinker Belle - named after the Peter Pan character (Ironically, Reg: G-VBIG)
Diana - I presume is named after the late HRH Princess Diana (Reg: G-VFAR)
Sleeping Beauty - Obviously from the Disney story Sleeping Beauty (Reg: G-VNAP)
Pretty Woman - Most likely after the movie (Reg: G-VROY)
Claudia Nine - Named after Claudia Schiffer (Reg: G-VSHY)
Dancing Queen - probably after the ABBA hit in the 60's (Reg: G-VFIT)
As for the others, most are a play on words, or just creative naming to coincide with a route launch. For example: G-VGOA named "Indian Princess" I would presume was named in honour to their India routes.
Breiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1861 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8583 times:
Quoting MCO2BRS (Reply 10): Claudia Nine - Named after Claudia Schiffer (Reg: G-VSHY)
G-VSHY was named "Claudia Nine" as a PR stunt on delivery. She was renamed "Madame Butterfly" afterwards (more in line with SHY)
Several "ladies" are created to match the registration: "Cover Girl" for VOGE, "Rainbow Lady" for SUN, "Dragon Lady" for FLY, "Scarlet Lady" for RED, "Sleeping Beauty" for NAP, "Indian Princess" for GOA, "Silver Lady" for FOX, ...
The one which beats me is "Emmeline Heaney" for G-VYOU.
Asiaflyer From Singapore, joined May 2007, 1092 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8271 times:
Quoting Brutie (Reply 9): Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells was the very first album released by Virgin Records
Mike Oldfield has absolutely earned to have his name on Virgins aircrafts.
Tubular Bells was a huge success and kept Virgin Records alive for a long time until they found other successful singers/bands. Without Mike Oldfield, Virgin wouldn't been what they are today.
Quoting MCO2BRS (Reply 10): Dancing Queen - probably after the ABBA hit in the 60's (Reg: G-VFIT)
SRB must like them alot, as they were not Virgin artists. They had their own record label, POLAR Music.