MotoArt has made this announcement:
Fifteen years ago, the Virgin Airlines Airbus A340-600 series plane, “G-VEIL” rolled out of a factory in Toulouse, France. As with other famed “Flying -MORE-Ladies” of Virgin Atlantic’s fleet, she featured a creative name and a beautiful pin-up girl on her nose. This queen was named by the Queen herself, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on the centenary of an historic agreement between Great Britain and France called the “Entente Cordiale.” This important understanding resolved long standing disputes and established a diplomatic relationship between the two countries that has stood the test of time.
“I am now delighted, in this Entente Cordiale centenary year, to name this new Airbus for Virgin Atlantic Airways: The Queen of the Skies.” – Queen Elizabeth II.
The plane was decommissioned in San Bernardinoin 2016 and was destined for the scrapyard. It was purchased by Dave Hall, owner of MotoArt, a Torrance, California basedbuilder who makes furnishings and decor using upcycled plane components. “Not everyone can own a plane, or even furniture made from a plane,” states Hall, “But everyone can own a part of a historic plane like this one and pass it on to the next generation.”
As with other planes they have rescued from destruction, his company produced the PlaneTags™ from the skin of the plane and sells them through their website. Each PlaneTag™ is unique and numbered as a limited edition and allows aviation enthusiasts to collect rare pieces of history. In addition to owning a piece of the “Queen of the Skies”, for each PlaneTag™ sold a $3.00 donation will be made to The Virgin Atlantic Foundation, a charity which supports the welfare of children and young people worldwide, almost exclusively through their partner WE.