10 OCTOBER 2011
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Virgin Atlantic is phasing out its “highly collectable” salt and pepper sets. Thousands of the coveted condiments have disappeared since they were introduced over 12 years ago (The Editor denies that the pair that adorns his dining room table were stolen – Richard Branson on a press trip said “take them”).
So sought after have they become that there is even a thriving trade on eBay with individual pieces selling for up to £20 each. However, those days are coming to an end. Next month, Virgin Atlantic is replacing all of the cutlery and dining ware sets across their entire Upper Class fleet – and the old salt and pepper pots are going to disappear.
Said Virgin Atlantic spokeswoman Janine Doy:
“Who could have guessed that salt and pepper pots designed for our aircraft would one day be found in homes all over the world and we are thankful to our Upper Class passengers for spreading the message around the globe.
“Having so many people pinching our salt and pepper pots is, I suppose, a back handed tribute to how well these items have been designed.
“We’re expecting a last minute rush when fans realise that their supply is coming to an end.” www.virginatlantic.com
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