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Is This True About Virgin's A340s?

Tue Apr 02, 2002 9:26 am

I was reading today in "Giant Jetliners" by Guy Norris and Mark Wagner and this caption was accompanied by a Virgin A340 pic:

"It is rumored that Richard Branson, the owner of Virgin Atlantics, negotiated a better deal for his A340s by betting the Airbus President, Jean Pierson, that he could remove that Frenchman's wristwatch without him knowing. Branson then apparently hypnotized Pierson and successfully removed his watch. The exact discount is unknown!"

Is this true? If so, cool!!

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RE: Is This True About Virgin's A340s?

Tue Apr 02, 2002 9:38 am

I highly doubt it. I'd be amazed though if it was true.
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RE: Is This True About Virgin's A340s?

Tue Apr 02, 2002 9:50 am

lol, we're talking about branson here....anything is possible.
 
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RE: Is This True About Virgin's A340s?

Tue Apr 02, 2002 10:08 am

Just remember, Branson is a big joker, he get's up to a lot of funny things. Like flying around the world in a hot air ballon, well.....not that funny.

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RE: Is This True About Virgin's A340s?

Tue Apr 02, 2002 10:08 am

Hahahaha that is awesome if true, what a guy Sir Richard is!

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RE: Is This True About Virgin's A340s?

Tue Apr 02, 2002 10:10 am

or could it be that the book made you an april fools joke?.............
 
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RE: Is This True About Virgin's A340s?

Tue Apr 02, 2002 10:19 am

No I read that a few years ago in a magazine. It wouldn't surprise me at all, you are talking about Richard Branson.

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RE: Is This True About Virgin's A340s?

Tue Apr 02, 2002 10:32 am

I also have read that before, can't say if its true of not though.
 
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RE: Is This True About Virgin's A340s?

Tue Apr 02, 2002 10:32 am

I have had the pleasure of meeting Richard Branson once when I was younger, he is a great man. If this were true, it wouldn't surprise me at all!
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RE: Is This True About Virgin's A340s?

Tue Apr 02, 2002 9:49 pm

I seen him in Heathrow last year when I returned home, he is cool
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RE: Is This True About Virgin's A340s?

Tue Apr 02, 2002 10:21 pm

Like everyone else, it would not surprise me to be true. But if it is it would be in one of his auto/biographies. It was not in "Loosing my Virginity". But Branson may not have had any airbusses then too.
 
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RE: Is This True About Virgin's A340s?

Wed Apr 03, 2002 7:12 am

Virgin Atlantic definitely had A340s when Losing My Virginity was published.

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RE: Is This True About Virgin's A340s?

Wed Apr 03, 2002 9:04 am

I wonder.....

I have the exact same book and have read that caption many times, thinking about it.

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