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Two Airplanes That Have Facial Hair and One That Needs It

March 30, 2012 at 10:28 AM | by | ()

At this point we're dead sure that Virgin America is attempting to solidify their budding reputation as hipster airline of choice. C'mon—their last three big route announcements were Palm Springs, Philly and Portland and now—AND NOW—they've actually gone and given one of their planes facial hair.

Granted the unshaven A320 references the beard of San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson, as this Airbus is Virgin America's tribute livery to the baseball team. Hitting the skies on April 2, the plane (named "Fly Bye Baby") heralds the opening of the airline's sponsored Club Level lounge at AT&T Park (with mood lighting, natch) and the beginning of a contest.

Planespotters! On your marks, get set, go...spot the bearded airplane, snap a photo and share it using the hashtag #FlyTheBeard to be entered to win roundtrip tickets. Virgin will pick a winner once a month until the end of baseball season. Beyond that, a single winner will score season tickets for 2013. Niiiice. Full contest rules here.

Now believe it or not, Virgin America isn't the first airline to pioneer facial hair on airplanes. Last year, Qantas showed their support for Movember by painting a proper mustache on a Boeing 737. So a beard has been done, a mustache has been done...what about a goatee? If we had to pick a plane to sport a little chin rug, it'd definitely be another B737—this time the Apolo Ohno plane from Alaska Airlines. Come to think of it, why doesn't it have a goatee already?!

Qantas' Movember plane

One more thing. If you're a hardcore SF Giants fan, you'll want to know all the rest of the fun stuff Virgin America has planned for you and your team this season. From the release:

The new Giants channel [on the seatback Red TV system] launching onboard flights in April, will also house behind-the-scenes fan content, including highlights from 2012 Spring Training and 2010 season footage. In addition, Giants fans can grab some ballpark inspired menu pairings while watching a Giants game at 35,000 feet, via the airline’s unique on-demand menu. The Giants-inspired menu will roll out fleetwide on Virgin America in April, including: the “Double-Play Snack” (Emerald Nuts and beer) and the “Triple Play Meal” (Virgin America’s mile-high club sandwich with turkey breast, crisp lettuce and roma tomatoes piled high on sliced sourdough with feta cheese spread , alongside Emerald Nuts and a beer).

[Photos: Virgin America, Qantas]

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