Video: Virgin flair alive and well as Branson conducts in-flight toilet paper race

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In this edition of quirky news, despite some bemoaning Virgin Australia is losing its flair with its new management and chasing the high-yield corporate market, Sir Richard Branson keeps the Virgin ethos rolling.

Branson held a toilet paper race while flying a Virgin Australia Boeing 737 on Friday. The race was simple if primitive: each aisle had to pass a roll of toilet paper from the front to back without it breaking. The winning side, Branson decided, would get to deplane first.

One passenger filmed the race, see the video below, and (for once) I will not ruin the surprise of the outcome.

Branson, whose Virgin Group owns a stake in Virgin Australia, was traveling on flight DJ429 from Sydney to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, possibly to spend time at Makepeace Island, the $4m resort he and Virgin Blue founder and former chief executive Brett Godfrey own in Noosa.

There is no official word from Virgin Australia of what it thinks of Branson’s spontaneity–in February 2009 he announced V Australia’s Johannesburg route before the carrier was willing to disclose it–but I’m willing to bet they would have liked some advance notice so they could have put on the flight one of their 737 aircraft with the new interior. (Notice the prominent “Virgin Blue” logo.)

It is noteworthy than in typical Branson style, the Virgin boss thanks the crew before wrapping up.


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