"Love at First Flight, since 1984" Sir Richard Branson Surprises Two Virgin Atlantic Founder Crew in Las Vegas Vow Renewal Ceremony Celebrating their Ruby Anniversary as the Airline Turns 40

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~ Las Vegas, Nevada - Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Atlantic, made a surprise appearance at the world-famous Little White Wedding Chapel yesterday to officiate the vow renewal ceremony of two Virgin Atlantic crew members. The couple, Malcolm and Jacqui King-McKinnon, met 40 years ago during the airline's first year of operation and have been together ever since.

To celebrate their love and the airline's 40th anniversary this year, Virgin Atlantic arranged for Branson to surprise the couple by stepping in as their officiant. Dressed in a red bedazzled blazer and boutonniere, Branson replaced an Elvis impersonator to complete the ceremony before sending the couple off in a Virgin Hotels cab waiting for them outside of the iconic "Tunnel of Love."

Malcolm and Jacqui's love story began on one of Virgin Atlantic's first flights from Manchester, UK to North America in 1984. After spotting Jacqui in her iconic red uniform, Malcolm offered to help her with her luggage and from then on committed to taking every flight he could with her. Now, forty years later, they are married with a family and still fly together whenever possible.

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As Flight Service Managers for Virgin Atlantic, Malcolm and Jacqui recently operated the airline's new route between Manchester and Las Vegas last Sunday. To continue their celebrations, they were gifted a Ruby Spa Villa by Virgin Hotels Las Vegas and will also enjoy a 'honeymoon' cruise aboard one of Virgin Voyages' award-winning fleet later this year.

The vow renewal ceremony was attended by other Virgin Atlantic crew members as well as CEO Shai Weiss. It was an extra special moment as both Malcolm and Jacqui are based in Manchester where the airline just launched its newest route between Las Vegas and Manchester on June 2nd. This daily flight will give Las Vegas residents the opportunity to experience summer in the vibrant city of Manchester, known for its famous music scene, iconic soccer teams, revolutionary history, mouthwatering food and drink, and cool neighborhoods.

The surprise appearance of Branson and the vow renewal ceremony were captured in pictures and video. Speaking about the event, Branson said, "Our incredible people are what makes Virgin Atlantic so special – they are mavericks, trailblazers, they are kind and fun. Getting to celebrate two of those people who have been with us since day one was an honor."

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Malcolm also expressed his gratitude for the special day saying, "They call it love at first sight but for us it was love at first flight! Today has been incredible and it means so much to Jacqui, our daughters and myself. Virgin Atlantic brought us together and has given us opportunities to explore the world and create countless memories we'll cherish forever."

The couple's love story is a testament to the power of Virgin Atlantic in bringing people together for moments that matter. As Branson said, "They're also proof that we've been bringing people together for the moments that matter for four decades – in a way that only Virgin Atlantic can!"
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