Virgin Atlantic plane
Billy Yeomans, 10, from Chichester, has been appointed by Virgin Atlantic to test and approve the airline’s newly refurbished 747 fleet after winning a nationwide search to find the next Sir Richard Branson.
The pint-sized primary school pupil was chosen from over 600 applicants to become the airline’s first Junior Approvals Manager in an initiative spearheaded by the boss himself.
Billy, a plane crazy, aviation and adventure enthusiast wowed judges by creating his own plane cabin in his family home, collecting over 30 aeroplane safety cards and navigating his dad on a flight to Switzerland.
Billy had free reign of the plane, which is fresh from a 95,000 hour refit, for a day at Gatwick Airport and will submit a full report to Sir Richard giving his verdict on the newly refitted 747 fleet. Whilst on-board, Billy was given exclusive access to the in-flight entertainment system, after dipping into some movies and then settling on playing a game he described it as ‘brilliant’. Billy then taste-tested a new 747 menu, which is being launched along with the refitted cabins, and was served by the glamorous Virgin Atlantic cabin crew throughout.